What to Expect
Hiroshima has 2 World Heritage sites: the Atomic Bomb Dome and Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima.
This tour covers Itsukushima shrine and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum & Park including Atomic Bomb Dome.
1) Miyajima island itself has a sacred atmosphere which used to be secluded places for the ascetic training of Buddhist priests in old days. Itsukushima shrine is famous for the vermilion painted buildings connected by the corridors and the vermilion colored Torii gate. This elegant palace style architecture standing in perfect harmony with its natural surroundings including such as lush greenery and autumn foliage were registered as the UNESCO WorldCultual Heritage in 1996.
When you take a train from JR Hiroshima Station about 30 minutes and then crossing by ferry, the grand vermilion shrine gate soon come into view. The shrine is built over the water. When the tide is high, it looks as if the shrine were floating. The shrine is also a brilliant vermilion and it creates a sharp contrast against the wooded hills in the background and the blue sky above.
a) Mt.Misen vewing from a cruise between Miyajima island and the mainland of Hiroshima.
Miyajima Island (535meter altitude) has been considered as the object of religious faith from ancient time. One of the reason above is from the shape of the Ireland.
Several ridges and valleys on the mountain have people felt holy and the shape of lying posture of Buddha.
b) After entering a first Torri, you can find a lot of deer welcoming you. Then, through Omotesandou in Miyajima Island, you can reach Itsukushima-shrine.
In this Omotesando area, you can purchase various kinds of souvenirs and the most local consumed foods such as Oyster and Okonomiyaki
(a thin flat cake of unsweetened batter fried with various ingredients).
c) Itsukushima shrine is located on the inlet of Miyajima island.
The difference of tide in this area is large and the scenery around here is changing time by time.
2) In Hiroshima memorial Park at the epicenter of the explosion, you can find war memorial museum and the Atomic Bomb Dome.
This museum features a wide variety of exhibits such as belongings left by victims and photos that portray nuclear holocaust. This museum reminds us of the horrendous tragedy that humanity should never repeat.
The ruins of Industrial Promotion Hall have been preserved, just as when it was bombed. It is popularly called the Atomic Bomb Dome and In 1996 the dome was registered as a World cultural heritage site.
a) The atomic Bomb dome: The building has been standing with the figure same as it was bombd and it tell the world about the terrible disaster of nuclear weapon and the importance of abolition of the weapons and eternal peace in the world as the peace memorial symbol.
The side thick wall and dome portion of reinforcing bar of this building has been remained intact by the explosion because the air blast of the explosion came right just under this building.
b) Hiroshima Peace Memorial museum: Exhibits of materials related with the Atomic Bomb into Hiroshima. This museum opened in 1955.
The purpose is to contribute to realize the abolition of nuclear weapons and world eternal peace.
This museum exhibits articles left behind the Atomic bomb victims and photos & materials which show the horrible scenes.
Also, this museum shows the historical tracing before & after the Bomb and world situation of the nuclear risk era in the world.
c) Memorial cenotaph for the Atomic Bomb Victims: To mourn the Atomic Bomb victims. This Memorial cenotaph was designed to the shape of clay image to protect the spirits of victims inside here from rain and dew. A stone coffin where the list of names of victims is set at the center of the cenotaph and in front of the coffin, you can find the stone monument which tell “May your soul rest in peace. We will never make the same mistake again.”. The victims by the Atomic Bomb are deified as not only one nation but also the basis of all human being. Therefore, the people who swear the word on the stone monument must be all the people in the world.
d) Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims:
This hall opened in 2002.
The purpose is to have the victims by the Atomic bomb branded on mind of all world people and to pray for eternal peace.
There is a space of memorial pray for the Atomic Bomb victims which are panorama expressed by the street scene after explosion from the explosion center of “Shima hospital”. At the portrait of deceased people area, the names and the portraits of all victims are opened to public by which the fact of the victims
by the Bomb are notified to all over the world. Also, several other exhibits such as the letter and movies of the Bomb experience by the people are shown.
e) Hiroshima Peace Bell: The sound is registered as one of the scene of sound in Japan Best 100:
This Peace Bell was built as the spiritual symbol of culture movement that show the abolition of nuclear weapons and establishment of world peace.
World map without any boarder and Atomic power marking are put on the surface of this bell.
f) Children’s Peace Monument::
This Monument was built to console the child spirits who died by the Atomic Bomb.
g) Peace Flame:
This Flame has been put on light since 1964 to hope abolition of nuclear weapons and it will continue to be put on until the weapons disappear in the world.
The pedestal of this Flame represents the shape of opening a palm of a hand to heavens.