Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum

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Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum

Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Corb2000
Yorkshire, UK708 contributions
Very personal perspectives of the atomic bomb attack
Oct 2018 • Solo
This was on my shortlist of 'must see' places in Hiroshima and I visited it before the former Bank of Tokyo and the Peace Memorial Museum. The individual accounts of pupils, staff and residents are very moving, particularly in the setting of this preserved part of the building, accompanied by the sounds of happy schoolchildren in the surrounding school.
Shortly after I arrived a group of visiting primary age children came in, who I let pass through ahead of me as I preferred to take my time reading the displays, which are presented in detail in both Japanese and English. The short film presented in the basement was very thought provoking and well worth watching.
Good points:
+ Helpful staff ready to answer questions
+ Informative displays with almost all of the material presented in English as well as Japanese
+ A more personal and immersive experience than the large Peace museum
Not so good points:
- On three floor levels with the ground floor raised above street level so not very accessible for the less mobile
Written December 17, 2018
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manucanuck
Hong Kong, China1,800 contributions
A little creepy but very informative
Sep 2018 • Solo
Old writings on the wall, some calling for help, some marking their names and messages to their families. Remember these were kids back then and they were already writing touching messages to their family, there is a clip showing the family members returning to the school searching for their loved ones, brought me tears.

Just one thing that I would like to point out is that, there were a lot of happenings back then, please, give some respect to the dead, you should not laugh or Chat loudly inside the museum. I can't believe when I saw a group of students (Japanese) along with their teacher, were laughing and chatting loudly inside the museum. They should know what that museum was there for right?
Written September 13, 2018
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Texvet03
89 contributions
Very moving museum
Aug 2018 • Couples
A very small museum in a former elementary school that was blown out bu the bomb. It served as a makeshift meeting and aid center because it was one of the few buildings left remotely standing afterwards. There are messages to and from relatives on the wall that are still visible today. Well worth the visit.
Written August 3, 2018
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Keizo
Kawasaki, Japan1,514 contributions
very impressive
Nov 2017 • Solo
Part of ruins of elementary school where all the teachers and pupils were killed by the atomic bomb except three who was luckily in the B1 level was renovated
and stands next to the current school having the same old name.A 72 years old gentleman as a volunteer(?) kindly explained about the tragedy. Messages written by white chalk on the blackend wall due to the bomb were written by many visitors who came here to ask about their children when this place was used as a temporal medical help center right after the bombing. I was the only one visitor and then many school boys came later.
Written November 29, 2017
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John A
Ann Arbor, MI440 contributions
Very moving place with many stories you won't forget, and should never forget
Sep 2017 • Couples
My wife and I visited this school during a rainy day, and the stories that are in this small museum make the experience of Hiroshima a lasting one. This school was an aid station after the bombing, and the blackboards that were saved that show notes from the time - parents leaving notes for children, children asking for parents - so moving. We read many of the stories and saw the videos that tell of the horror that went on during that day and the incredible determination of people to survive and help others.
Written September 23, 2017
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David S
Melbourne, Australia648 contributions
Another sad place
Jul 2017
We stumbled on this little museum when walking from our hotel to the tram stop. Free to enter- must remove your shoes - and contains some stories about some school children that miraculously survived the a-bond which exploded only 500or so metres away. Many places in Hiroshima bring a tear to your eye when you read the account of the victims and this one does as well. Pretty good English translations of what happened in this spot on August 6, 1945.
Written July 17, 2017
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Muka_85
Singapore, Singapore215 contributions
A good visit away from the A-Dome
Jun 2017 • Solo
The museum opens at 9am and is walking distance to the Hondori Shopping Street. You will have to remove your shoes at the entrance and place them in the shoe lockers. This is very much like the scenes of the shoe locker areas that we see in movies/TV shows where the setting is that of a Japanese school. A very interesting experience.
After that, you are free to roam around B1, 1st floor and 2nd floor. On level 2, you will see the preserved ceiling believed to be covered with the soot left behind by the atom bomb explosion. On level 1, you will see the re-created inscriptions on the walls (messages left behind by the survivors who write on the walls as a means to communicate and search for missing family members). In B1, there is a video showcase with English subtitles showing you how the school functioned as a temporary medical facility after the bombing, as well as a centre for survivors to place notices indicating their search for missing family members.
Throughout the museum, you will see many orizuru (折鶴) or origami folded cranes that signify the praying for world peace.
Written June 22, 2017
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Christopher S
Toronto, Canada38 contributions
Go to Upper Level
Mar 2017 • Solo
The entire school is well preserved with plenty of English postings. The staff is helpful and speaks basic English. Visit both downstairs and 2F. (you cant actually get to 2F, but the staircase is worth investigating.)
Written March 27, 2017
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Russell K
12 contributions
An erie experience
Mar 2016 • Solo
I didn't visit the museum only walked around the outside as I didn't have time. I walked up to the school and saw children playing outside. I stood by the fence and watched them play and students started to come over to me. The students asked me how I liked Japan and waved hi to me. As the students walked away they all bowed at me. It was very sad to think of the school being destroyed when the bomb exploded.
Written February 3, 2017
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Aishling C
7 contributions
Such an important piece of history
Feb 2016 • Solo
Very eerie and such an eyeopening experience. A testament to the resilience of the innocent Japanese victims of WW2.
Written December 30, 2016
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