A symbol of Hiroshima and a focus for prayers for world peace.
At 8:15am on 6th August 1945, the first atomic bomb in human history was dropped on Hiroshima. Although, the Atomic Bomb Dome was located almost directly underneath the explosion, it somehow avoided complete destruction and the remains of the building still stand today. The residents of Hiroshima decided to keep this tragic reminder of war intact. The site was designated as a World Heritage Site in 1996. Visit the Atomic Bomb Dome, the Cenotaph for Atomic Bomb Victims and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum to gain a deeper understanding of the suffering caused by war and nuclear weapons and the true value of peace.
Basic Information about the Hiroshima Peace Memorial
The Atomic Bomb Dome with the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
in the distance
Why was Hiroshima chosen
as a target for the
Although the Atomic Bomb Dome survived complete destruction,
the building shows the ferocity of the blast wave
Why was the Atomic
Bomb Dome not completely
destroyed seeing as it was
so close to the hypocenter?
Recent repairs to the Atomic Bomb Dome were completed in 2016
What are the challenges to
Atomic Bomb Dome
for future generations?
A precious building left to remind the world of what happened here and push
for world peace
Hiroshima Peace Memorial
(Atomic Bomb Dome)
A radiation symbol is embossed on the spot where the wooden beam hits
The Peace Bell
Built as a memorial to the young lives lost to the atomic bomb.
Hope and pray the flame will go out soon
Flame of Peace
The central stone chest holds more than 290,000 names of those
who lost their lives to the bomb
Atomic Bomb Victims
Built in the pursuit of world peace and a world without nuclear weapons.
Gain a deeper understanding by reading the memoirs of survivors
who experienced the bomb
Hiroshima National Peace
Other Buildings Connected to the Bombing
Of all the people inside this building at the time, only one person survived
who was in the basement at the time.
The Rest House
The Phoenix Trees are still being carefully cared for.
Green shoots appear every spring.
The actual hypocenter is slightly southeast of the bridge
The view from the "Hiroshima Hill" observation deck on the top floor. Allows you to see the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, the Atomic Bomb Dome, and other tourist spots from above.
Hiroshima Orizuru Tower
In one section, you can learn the changes of Hiroshima townscape from before and after the bombing, as well as today, instilling a sense of hope and importance of peace.The first floor offers cafés and shops where you can find carry Hiroshima specialties, making it an ideal place for shopping or taking a break.
- Reference Documents
- 「世界遺産に行こう」（発行：学研パブリッシング） (sekai isan ni ikou) (Publisher: Gakken Publishing)
- Reference Websites
- 「weblio辞書」(weblio)「世界遺産オンラインガイド」(sekai isan online guide)「Travel Book」