Comfort Inn Hiroshima Heiwa-Odori
3-17 Komachi Naka-ku
Phone: (81) 82 541 5555
Fax: (81) 82 541 0096
The Hiroshima International Center is an incorporated foundation organized via the cooperation of both the public and private sectors. HIC was established to increase international understanding and friendship, all with the higher goal of contributing to a Hiroshima better able to further global peace and prosperity.
This is not really the type of park that you would want to set aside some time to visit. It is a small park in the middle of Fukuro-machi where people relax and perhaps eat their lunch during nice weather. But if you do come across it, it does make a good place for some people watching, especially at night. Every city seems to have one of those places--an area where youth congregate or meet before moving on to their next destination. This is one of Hiroshima's best for this activity.
Located inside the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, the Children's Peace Monument stands as a reminder of the shocking number of children who died because of the bombing. The symbol of the little girl with outstretched hands reminds you of their innocence and the unfair way in which their life ended.
Located within the premises of the Peace Memorial Park, the Hiroshima Memorial Cenotaph is a monument erected to pay homage to the innocent victims of the world's first atomic bomb attacks. The cenotaph is an arch-shaped structure built with an aim to shelter the souls of the deceased. There's an inscription on the cenotaph that reads, "Rest in Peace, for the error shall not be repeated." Apart from that, the monument lists the names of the people who lost their lives during the bomb attack.
After the devastating atomic bomb attack on the city, it was found that nearly 45,000 of the 400,000 victims of the attack were Koreans. It is for this reason that a cenotaph was erected in the Peace Memorial Park in memory of these Koreans. The Cenotaph for Korean Victims stands on the back of a turtle structure and the crown placed on the obelisk has two dragons engraved on it, serving as a homage to the deceased Korean souls. The inscription on the memorial says, "Souls of the dead ride to heaven on the backs of turtles".
The Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims is an initiative taken by the government of the city to keep a memory of the sacrifice that the locals made during the atomic bomb dropping. Founded in the year 2002, the hall has a display of the photographs showcasing the painful condition of the citizens after the attack. Also worth looking at is the clock on the wall, that is frozen to the time that the bomb was dropped in the city, which is a mourning symbol in itself. To know more about the place, check the website.
The southern section of this mountainous park provides solitude, pleasant viewpoints, cool green forest, and sudden vistas of tiled roofs and traditional graveyards, as well as the city below. Observation platforms on the south flank can be reached by car, and the bathrooms are wheelchair accessible. There is also a playground, and concession stand and several vending machines for a mid-view snack. The Museum of Contemporary Art and grounds, including a memorial fountain, statue walk, and Henry Moore installation, dominate the northern half of the park.
This is not the sort of museum that most people would take a trip to Miyajima to visit. But if you are going to be visiting Itsukushima Shrine (and you probably will if you come to Miyajima), then you may nevertheless want to consider paying abit extra to peruse the various and curious religious and historical relics on hand. It will not be an unpleasant experience, and you will certainly learn something about the Japanese religious tradition.
Misen is the 530-meter peak located on Miyajima. It is one of the primary attractions of the island, in large part because there is a ropeway trolley that takes visitors near the top, despite the round trip costing a hefty JPY1,500. Of course, you could always hike, and the route is pleasant and short (about 15 minutes). On the mountaintop, there are various attractions worth visiting, including numerous old structures of religious significance.
English-speaking staff provide travel and tour information on the Park, the city and the surrounding area. Leaflets and maps are available in English. This office also operates a desk of the popular Welcome Inn service, which will book accommodations in any of the member hotels and ryokan in Hiroshima, or in cities throughout Japan. The office shares space with vending machines, ice-cream sellers, and a souvenir stand that stocks Pokemon key chains and sake.
In 1945, the A-Bomb Dome was a government building in the bustling neighborhood of Sarugaku-cho. A nearby photo displays the destruction of the atomic blast. Sarugaku-cho was leveled, save a few trees and telephone poles, and the Dome's structural girders and brick walls. Today, the dome is surrounded by a fence, a lawn and sculpted hedges, and it is lit at night. An aura of that fatal day remains, however, in the rubble at its base, and in its empty, exposed interior.
What "Carp Castle" lacks in grandeur or historical authenticity, the original castle was destroyed by the bomb, it makes up for in a pleasant park-like environment. Designated a national treasure in the 1950s, reconstruction of the donjon and some of the outbuildings began shortly thereafter. Overgrown foundations give the grounds an enjoyably unkempt air. The five-story castle donjon houses a collection of swords, armor, a display of "instruments used to make an arrest" and exhibits related to Hiroshima's past. Opens daily at 9 am.