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“Sombre” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
1-2 Nakajimacho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture 730-0811, Japan
+81 82-242-7798
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Miyajima Island...
Ranked #4 of 51 Attractions in Hiroshima
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Parks, Outdoors
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“Sombre”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

Something you have to see. It was very sombre. There is lots of origami hanging up in the Children's monument from around the world which really highlights the impact on kids from the A-Bomb.

Visited September 2013
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“Lots to see”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

The park is very open and has many statues and memorials to see.

You can see the A-Bomb Dome on one end, the Children's Memorial with thousands of paper cranes offered, the Peace Bell, the Cenotaph, the memorial flame, etc.

There is no charge, and you can spend all day here looking at it.

Also in the park is the museum, which has a very small fee of 50JPY.

Visited September 2013
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“Giving peace a chance, Hiroshima is to be seen”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

I spent a day in Hiroshima with my family and I am glad I did it!

It is hard to be there confronted with the horrors that a war can produce, but I also think that it is mandatory to the current and new generations to be aware of that and work to avoid conflicts.

It is impossible not to be moved when there. Before the A-bomb attacks in the end of the World War II, this central area in Hiroshima was a busy one with commercial and residential buildings. here was were the bomb was dropped and the area was all devastated.

During the reconstruction the city kept the area as a park where a Museum as well as many monuments were built in order to promote peace. The quietness of the place, with a vast green area, a river and open spaces manage to give that feeling.

Among the monuments the one that caught most my attention was the Monument made in honour of the kids that suffer with the war. Besides the monument and its aim on promote peace, its origin is a touching history. A girls who died of leukaemia years after the war passed her last year of life making coloured paper cranes. The whole nation contributed to build this monument and the paper cranes became a sign of peace. people can place their own there or even send them to Hiroshima city, becoming part of the database the city has on peace wishes.

Visited November 2012
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New York City, New York
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“Smaller in scale than you would think, but a nice stroll around”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

It's definitely more subtle and subdued than you would think of a memorial park (vs the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, for example, or 9/11 Memorial in New York). Still worth checking out, but few tourist groups visiting make this place blend with the city life almost seamlessly (and uncomfortably given its historical significance).

Visited October 2013
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“very moving”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Have to say the Peace Park is a very moving experience. Horrifing to think what happened here to the citizens going about their daily duties when this evil was let loose on them. I felt great shame even though my country has no neuclear weapons You cant help being moved by the fragments of clothing and belongings of innocent people. Hard to believe what havoc humans can deal out to each other in the name of peace Very thought provoking and still really cant take in what I saw in the museum.

Visited September 2013
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