Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

Visiting the Peace Memorial Park, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and the Atomic Bomb Dome is not easy, but it is absolutely essential.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum:  A Must-Visit Site

No matter what your opinion on nuclear weapons or the war is, the Museum will challenge you. Be aware that you will likely find the visit emotionally draining, so it may be a good idea to take some time to decompress and recover after your visit.

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About the Peace Memorial Museum

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum tells the story of the bombing through personal effects and photographs.

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In making the tragedy human, the museum highlights the horror of the bombing unflinchingly.

A child’s melted lunchbox, a shadow burned into a stone and later identified as someone’s mother, and a watch frozen at the instant the bomb dropped, are among the artifacts telling the story of August 6th, 1945.

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It can be overwhelming.

At times, the museum is crowded with students there on school trips. It can be uncomfortable for many reasons. There are seats placed throughout the museum. Sit down if you find yourself becoming overwhelmed.

The museum has a powerful effect on visitors, and in my opinion, it is better to take your time, showing your respect for the bomb victims, than to rush it.

The Museum is currently undergoing extensive renovations. The Museum’s East building is closed until February 2017,but the main building is open to visitors. Check the Museum website for more details.

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Opening Hours

  • March – July: 8:30am – 6:00pm
  • August: 8:30am – 7:00pm
  • September – November: 8:30am – 6:00pm
  • December – February: 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • December 30th – 31st: Closed

Entrance to the Museum is closed 30 mintutes before the scheduled closing time.

Admission Fee

  • Adults:  200 yen
  • High school students: 100 yen
  • Junior high school students or younger: Free

How to Get There

From JR Hiroshima station, you can either take a bus or streetcar.

By bus: Exit JR Hiroshima Station at the south exit. Take the red bus (Hiroshima Bus) headed for Yoshijima. Get off at the Heiwa Kinen Koen (Peace Memorial Park) stop.

By Streetcar: Go out the south exit of JR Hiroshima Station. Take a streetcar headed to Eba or Miyajima-guchi. Get off at the Genbakudomu-mae (the A-bomb Dome) stop.

Insider’s Tip

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Keep in mind that many of the school tour groups visiting the museum are there for the second or third time (peace studies are part of the Japanese school curriculum), so if you find yourself in a room that is suddenly crowded, try waiting it out. The students are generally eager to get to the next place on their itinerary.

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Louise first arrived in Japan in 2003 as a JET Programme participant, intending to stay for just one year. She had no idea she would end up spending eleven years exploring the country that has become her second home. Although able to navigate the big metropolises of Tokyo and Osaka with ease, Louise's real love is rural life, spending six years in beautiful Shimane prefecture. Now back in her native New Zealand, Louise is exploring her passion for writing.

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