Children's Peace Monument, Hiroshima

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When in Hiroshima, pay a visit to Children's Peace Monument, a touching memorial dedicated to Sadako Sasaki and the thousands of other children who died as a result of the atomic bomb. Acquaint yourself with the moving story of Sadako, a little girl who developed leukemia from being exposed to radiation in the fallout of the 1945 bombing. Sadako believed that a person who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish, and so she kept making them in an effort to wish for world peace, until her death in 1955 at the age of 12. Pay your respects by donating a crane, a symbol of peace, in remembrance of Sadako and other child victims of the war. Put Children's Peace Monument on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Hiroshima trip planning tool .
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  • It is sad to learn the story behind the monument - the story of a young girl who suffered from leukemia caused by the atomic bomb and eventually passed away despite folding a thousand paper cranes in ...  more »
  • This monument, built in honor of Sadako Sasaki, a Japanese girl who died at the age of 12 years after being contaminated by the fallout of the nuclear bomb, has a beautiful story and transmits, elegantly, a tribute to the children victims of the atomic bomb and desire for peace for future generations.
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  • A must while in the memorial park. Serves as a reminder of the destruction of war and the innocent lives that were lost, especially children.  more »
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  • It is sad to learn the story behind the monument - the story of a young girl who suffered from leukemia caused by the atomic bomb and eventually passed away despite folding a thousand paper cranes in the hope of recovery. The monument is surrounded by thousands of colourful paper cranes, folded by schoolchildren all over Japan, as well as visitors to the monument. The place reminds us that children are not spared from the cruelty of war.
  • Incredibly moving tribute to Sadako Sasaki, a girl who was died from leukemia as a result of radiation from the atomic bomb, and the thousands of children who also died from the bomb. There was a school group from Osaka that were there to present origami cranes they made, along with a song they sang, for the memorial when we were there. There are so many origami cranes sent from Japan and all over the world to pay tribute to the children and to call for world peace. The cranes are kept in see through boxes behind the monument, and the excess cranes are used to make special recycled paper that are then turned into postcards and other lovely products available in the memorial museum shop. Definitely recommend visiting the monument, the park and the memorial museum. The special exhibition at the museum displaying belongings and stories of victims, a lot of which were children, really brought home the enormity of the horrors the Hiroshima residents endured.
  • One of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. Especially touching if you know the story regarding this monument. It was really inspiring to see all the cranes from all over the world.
  • This is a sad sad statue, dedicated to a boy who died of cancer because of the radioactive effects of the atomic bomb. Millions of children have sent crane origamis as a tribute because it brings good luck and health and the boy believed he could survive if he could make 1000 crane origamis. Unfortunately they were never finished
  • Nice to see a copper crane under the bell. I see people rings the bell and pray. Let's pray for peace together.

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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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