The city of Hiroshima is always remembered for the atomic bomb that was dropped here during the Second World War, and as such much of the city is dedicated to remembering what happened in the hopes that it will never happen again. Hiroshima was completely destroyed by the atomic bomb and 78,000 people died, followed by many more as the years passed and the radiation continued to be affect the local population. Nowadays, Hiroshima has been rebuilt and is a good place to spend some time learning about this dark period of history.
Peace Memorial Park
The Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima marks the place of the first nuclear attack in the world and is dedicated to the victims (perhaps up to 140,000 if you take into account those who died after the bombing as a result of the radiation). The park now stands on the spot where the bomb landed and there are a number of different memorials and a museum on-site.
Atomic Bomb Dome
The Atomic Bomb Dome, also known as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, is a monument that stands in the Peace Memorial Park and a landmark in the city. The Atomic Bomb Dome was the only building that was left standing after the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and it was decided that it should be preserved rather than torn down to serve as a reminder of what happened in the city. The dome looks much like it would have after the atomic bomb was dropped, and although the structure has been secured it has not been rebuilt. This is definitely a moving sight if you want to see an actual example of the devastation caused by the bomb on Hiroshima.
Peace Memorial Museum
The Peace Memorial Museum is a museum in the Peace Memorial Park and is dedicated to the victims of the atomic bomb. Something of a difficult visit, it aims to educate you about the impact and consequences of the bomb and the Second World War in general. The museum is well set out and thoughtfully put together and there is signage in English as well as historical artifacts from the period and a range of photographs of Hiroshima. If you want to learn more about this period of history then this is a good museum to visit and you will also be able to look out over the Peace Flame, Atomic Bomb Dome, and the Cenotaph.
Any trip to the town of Hiroshima will undoubtedly be dominated by its legacy as the first place in the world where an atomic bomb was dropped, and as such you might find it something of a difficult visit. With that in mind, it can also be an incredibly moving experience, and the Peace Memorial Park is well designed with memorial monuments and museums that aim to educate future generations on the horrors of the Second World War. Should you happen to be in the area and have an interest in history then this is definitely worth a stop.