Path to Peace: see and feel Hiroshima's message to the world
At the end of WWII at 8:15 AM on 6 Aug 1945, the world's 1st atomic bomb hit Hiroshima city. Nearly 140,000 people died, and the city turned to hell.You will visit venues related to the bombing, and learn about war and think about peace on this tour.You will visit the Atomic Bomb Dome, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and other important buildings, such as the hypocenter and an elementary school used to treat people after the bombing.Hiroshima is not just about sad memories, but more importantly, it shows peoples' hopes and strengths of revival, and the nobility of a peaceful world, which can only be told by a city with such history. Everyone should visit Hiroshima once in their lifetime.
・There are many facilities within Hiroshima city which were affected by the bombing other than the famous sites such as the Atomic Bomb Dome. We will take you to places not commonly known and you can see buildings that are left looking as they appeared after the bombing.
・You can also try Okonomiyaki which is Hiroshima's famous soul food. Visit the lively area of the city and feel the revival after the war.
・Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum: A large museum with many documents and explanations that will educate you about war and atomic bombs. The easy to understand displays demonstrate the cruelty of war and the importance of peace.
・Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims: Within this facility is an area that shows how the city looked after the bombing. A place where you can pray in silence.
・Children's Peace Monument: Also known as "Tower of thousand origami cranes", is a monument with many colorful origami cranes in a bundle of one thousand (called "Senbazuru"). Origami is one of the Japanese traditional cultures, and crane-shaped origami is believed to symbolize peace. Even today, people send Senbazuru across Japan and from other countries, and the facility receives a total of ten million origami cranes annually.
・Hiroshima Peace Memorial: The symbolic location of the atomic bomb, also known as the Atomic Bomb Dome. The atomic bomb exploded almost directly overhead of this building leaving the city in disaster, and the memorial stands here as a reminder of this sad incident. It is a popular site for visitors.
・Hypocenter: The atomic bomb exploded right above this location, along the road which is marked by a monument. Although there are no remnants overhead, you will instinctively look above and feel the disastrous world that existed back then.
・Old Bank of Japan Hiroshima Branch: One of the buildings that were affected by the atomic bomb and still stands today. Because it was a branch of the Bank of Japan and the structure was sturdy, the building still remains virtually intact. Currently, the building is used to display art and is free to enter. You will also find photos showing the disaster of the bombing.
・Fukuro-machi Elementary School Peace Museum: An elementary school that was turned into a museum after the war. The building was made of concrete, a modern technology back then, and was turned into ruin only leaving the outer work. As it was a place that kept its shape, the school was used as a treatment and rescue site after the bombing. You will find notes and messages on the hallway written by the victims.
・Okonomimura (Okonomi Village): Hiroshima is all about "Okonomiyaki"! Most of the restaurants will make okonomiyaki right in front of you on the grill, so enjoy how it is made! While the chef cooks your dish, you can also enjoy conversation and their skills!
・Memorial Cathedral for World Peace: A church built in hope for peace. You can quietly think about peace surrounded by beautiful stained glass windows. How did this tour make you feel? Take time to reflect on what you saw today.
・Please wear comfortable clothing as this tour involves a lot of walking.
・This tour includes a lunch/dinner venue.
The following expenses are not included in the tour fee. Please bring extra money to experience this tour to its fullest.
-Travel expenses and entrance fees (about JPY 1,000)
-Money for food, souvenirs and extra activities not mentioned in the explanation of the tour above.
At the South exit of Hiroshima station