Peace Memorial Museum

The museum is dedicated to documenting the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in World War II. According to the introduction in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum’s English guide: “The Peace Memorial Museum collects and displays belongings left by the victims, photos, and other materials that convey the horror of that event, supplemented by exhibits that describe Hiroshima before and after the bombings and others that present the current status of the nuclear age. Each of the items displayed embodies the grief, anger, or pain of real people.”

Peace Memorial Park

The park is dedicated to the legacy of Hiroshima as the first city in the world to suffer a nuclear attack. The purpose of the park is not only to memorialize the victims, but also to establish the memory of nuclear horrors and advocate world peace.

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The A-Bomb Dome
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Children’s Peace Monument

 

Shukkeien

Shukkeien has a long history dating back to 1620. The garden displays many features of traditional aesthetics of Japanese gardens. Around the garden’s main pond there are a number of tea houses which offer visitors ideal views of the surrounding scenery.

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The big pond in the centre of the garden.

 

Okonomimura

Translated as Okonomiyaki Village, Okonomimura is a small area devoted to Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki. There are many restaurants to choose from, each having their own unique style and ingredients.

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The entrance
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Inside the building

 

Miyajima

Famous for its giant torii gate, it is ranked as one of Japan’s best three views. Officially named Itsukushima, the island is more commonly referred to as Miyajima. During high tide, the torii gate looks like it is floating on the sea. During low tide, you can walk on foot to the torii gate.

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Itsukushima Shrine with the floating torii gate.
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Torii gate at low tide.

 

Okunoshima

Often known as Rabbit Island, many rabbits live on the island. During World War II, the island was used to produce chemicals to be used in combat-like poison gas. The rabbits were brought to the island to test the effects of the poison, but once the war ended they were freed by the workers. The rabbits on the island now may be many generations down the line from these test bunnies.

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Immediately after alighting from the ferry
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Rabbits everywhere
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