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  • Hours: 8:30am - 6pm (until 7pm in Aug, until 5pm from Dec-Feb)
  • Admission: 50 yen

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial

Also called Genbaku Dome, this landmark was the only building left standing after the Enola Gay dropped an atom bomb on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, eventually killing 140,000 people. Genbaku is the Japanese word for 'atomic bomb.'

Originally built in 1910 as the Hiroshima Commercial Exhibition Hall, in 1933 it was renamed the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. The five-story building, its exterior faced with stone and plaster, was topped with a steel-framed, copper-clad dome. The bomb blast shattered much of its interior, but the majority of its frame, as well as its garden fountain, remain.

The area around the building was re-landscaped as a park between 1950 and 1964; when complete, it was formally opened to the public as a museum. Since 1952, an annual peace ceremony has been held here on August 6, and in 1996, it was declared a World Heritage site.

Practical Info

It costs 50 yen to enter the site, which is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (until 7 p.m. in August and until 5 p.m. from December to February). From Hiroshima Station, take tram line 2 or 6 to Genbaku-Domu mae station. The ride takes 15 minutes and costs 150 yen. 

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Hiroshima and Miyajima Day Tour from Osaka

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See Hiroshima’s historic sites on this 13-hour tour from Osaka. Ride a bullet train to Hiroshima and then a boat to Miyajima Island, where you’ll ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $357.47

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Miyajima Island Tour from Kyoto

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Visit Hiroshima’s most important historic sites on this 12-hour tour from Kyoto. After taking the bullet train from Kyoto Station, enjoy a boat ride to ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $357.47

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Miyajima Island Tour from Hiroshima

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Explore World Heritage sites in Hiroshima and Miyajima in one day! Miyajima is famous for its Itsukushima Jinja Shrine. Its red torii gate appears to be ...  Read more

Location: Hiroshima, Japan
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $142.99

2-Day Hiroshima Tour from Osaka Including Miyajima and Okayama

Tour both sacred and solemn historical monuments on this 2-day guided tour from Osaka. After a boat ride to Miyajima's breathtaking Itsukushima Shrine, ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $728.86

14-Day Classic Japan Tour: Nikko, Hakone, Takayama, Hiroshima and Kyoto from Tokyo

Discover the cultural highlights of Japan, from the neon-lit streets of modern Tokyo to the ancient temples of Kyoto, on this 14-day tour through the Land of ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 14 days, 13 nights

From USD $4,740.00

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