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Region
Chugoku
Island
Honshu
Largest City
Hiroshima
Population
2,878,949

Genbaku Dome (A-Bomb Dome)

In its resiliency, it stands as a reminder of war’s devastation.

Often the first thing one sees when coming toward the Peace Park, the Genbaku Dome was first completed by a Czech architect named Jan Letzel, who’d moved to Japan from Prague in 1907. Letzel ended up working on over a dozen different buildings across Japan.

He brought a Euro-centric approach to his work (Art Deco and Neo-Baroque) that Japan had been looking for during that time. The September 1st, 1923 Kanto earthquake caused Letzel to move back to his hometown, but he would soon pass away in 1925, never to know how one of his designs would end up symbolizing humanity’s destructive nature.

Chilling the longer one looks at it, the round-and-naked dome seems to have moved past any sense of shame.

The effect of the dome is in its skeletal-like fragility. Chilling the longer one looks at it, the round-and-naked dome seems to have moved past any sense of shame. It rests on the last seconds of its own existence, its weight an afterthought to the rest of the building. The middle core huffs stubbornly, as if it is has one last chest-puff of pride to hold on. If it has a heartbeat, it’s there—beating softly despite its perilous condition.

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is incredibly moving.
Originally called the Hiroshima Industrial Promotion Hall, Letzel’s creation opened to the public on August 5th, 1915. Almost exactly thirty years later, the three-story building withstood the largest above ground explosion in human history, up to that point in time. The building held its ground all while standing a mere 160 meters from directly above the in-air bomb blast. To put that in perspective, that’s 210 regular walking steps away.

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The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is incredibly moving.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

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Things To Know

For viewing only

Despite a few rogue filmmakers who have jumped the fence, the Genbaku Dome is a UNESCO world heritage site, so the building cannot be touched.

How To Get There

Address

730-0051

By train

From Tokyo station, take the Tokaido-Sanyo shinkansen to Hiroshima station. It is a somewhat difficult 35-minute walk from the station to peace park. You could also take a bus via the Asahigaoka line at Hiroshima Station and get off at the Kamiyacho stop. The bus takes 10 minutes, followed by a short walk to the park.

 

 

 

Where To Stay

Mielparque Hiroshima
  • Naka-ku Motomachi 6-36 Hiroshima-Shi, Hiroshima 730-0011
  • 7.5/10
  • 0.2 km
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  • Naka-ku Honkawacho 1-3-1 Hiroshima-Shi, Hiroshima 730-0802
  • 8/10
  • 0.3 km
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  • Naka-ku Honkawa-cho 2-1-7 Hiroshima-Shi, Hiroshima 730-0802
  • 8.1/10
  • 0.4 km
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