The ‘City of Peace’
The Hiroshima Peace Park and Atom Bomb Museum is a landmark in Japan. The Industrial Promotion Hall is the only ruined building still allowed to stand after the devastation in 1945, its dome the symbol of destruction. The Peace Park is built around this building. You will see the statue of ‘Sadako’ above thousands of paper cranes from all around the world. Sadako was a young girl who at age 10 developed leukaemia as a result of exposure to atomic radiation. She believed that if she could make 1000 paper cranes - a Japanese symbol of good luck, peace and happiness - her illness would be cured.
The Peace Memorial Hall shows films on the effects of the atomic explosion.
The names of those who died as a result of the war are contained in The Memorial Cenotaph. The Peace Flame behind the Cenotaph will continue to burn until the last atomic bomb on earth is destroyed. Hiroshima, a former castle town, emerged from the ashes of World War II atomic bombing to be the cultural, economic, and political centre of western Honshu.
Miyajima literally Shrine Island, a popular name for Itsukushima Shrine, has long been revered as a sacred island because of the Itsukushima Shrine founded there in 593 AD. which is dedicated to the maritime guardian goddesses. The island, about 31km in circumference is easily accessible by a 10 minute ferryboat ride from Miyajimaguchi Station. This island is ranked traditionally as one of the three most beautiful sights in Japan and is famous for its shrines, tame deer and monkeys. You certainly won’t miss the large red Torii gate, which marks the entrance to the floating ‘Itsukushima Shrine’. This is Japan’s largest Torii gate and dates from 1875. To really enjoy the beauty, take a stroll through Momijidani Koen (Red Maple Valley Park), inland from the shrine. There are also gondolas in this park, which can take you to the top of Mt. Misen to enjoy the spectacular scene.