Atomic Bomb Dome, Hiroshima

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Located within a larger park commemorating the bombing of Hiroshima, Atomic Bomb Dome haunts with the memory of the lives lost during the attack. Now designated as a World Heritage Site, the former exhibition hall was the only building that remained standing near the bomb's hypocenter; today, it memorializes the 70,000 who perished immediately in the bombing, as well as the additional 70,000 who passed away from the bomb's aftereffects. Though you cannot enter the ruin, you can approach and circle the surrounding gate to see light flooding through the skeleton of the building. By using our Hiroshima trip planner , you can arrange your visit to Atomic Bomb Dome and other attractions in Hiroshima.
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  • October 4, 2017
    I had seen pictures on the TV and knew the story but nothing can prepare you for the actual stories of the people involved.  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    Simple memorial keeping a buiding that existed during the bombing. Very impactful, especially on the beautiful, sunny day we attended.  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    Self-explanatory. Power is very small, but still tells its history. This is the Peace Memorial Park. Seated near the premises are go in.. Take a little time so close to tram station, you can come.
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  • June 21, 2017
    If you love history it's one of the most visit sites on your list. You'll get good shots during the day and the museum is also open for viewing but during the night the park gives a different kind of atmosphere. It's just so hard to describe that feeling but I did get the chills ( good kind) walking around the dark memorial park.
  • July 14, 2017
    Really feel what happened in the war. The remains of this building are historic and symbolic. New Hiroshima against these ruins is a great memento of your trip to Hiroshima.
  • June 9, 2017
    The whole memorial area is a call to global peace and a monument of hope. The city of Hiroshima has achieved a great thing by building life on the remnant of destruction. It is deeply moving to go there and it is important for everyone to do so and see this hopeful place.
  • May 26, 2017
    To any who respect the history and struggles of mankind, this site is one of the most sacred to those who understand. It's structure and appearance are not important, it's symbolism is. This structure was near ground zero of the first nuclear device used in warfare, it was the accumulation of hatred, fear, and desperation at the end of the largest war in human history, It's a reminder to mankind of the cost of war, a memorial to the lives lost, it's a testament that no matter how bad things get we can still recover. I hope this ugly little building stands forever, surrounded by the beautiful city of Hiroshima. Please respect this memorial.
  • June 18, 2017
    Visiting the dome is more of an educational trip. You'll pass by many signs that will explain each important structure or statue. Take lots of photos and check the park as well.

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Where to stay in Hiroshima

The majority of places to stay in Hiroshima concentrate in the areas surrounding the train station, the memorial museum and park, and a couple of main boulevards. Here you can find basic, comfortable, and clean hostels, dozens of mid-range business hotels, and a couple of pricier four- and five-star international chains, all of which offer easy access to any of the sights in this compact city. For an adventurous and very affordable overnight stay in Hiroshima, you can even sleep in private pods attached to the train station's south side.
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