Guide Tours to Peace Memorial Park and Vicinity

There are dozens of cenotaphs and monuments
in and around Peace Memorial Park.
Let me introduce you to some of them.

Monuments introduced

  1. Honkawa Elementary School Peace Museum
  2. Honkawa Bridge
  3. Monument for the Volunteer Army Corps
  4. Hiroshima Second Middle School A-bomb Memorial Monument
  5. Memorial Monument for the Hiroshima Municipal Commercial and Shipbuilding Industry Schools
  6. Aioi Bridge
  7. Peace Clock Tower
  8. Peace Bell
  9. Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound
  10. Peace Stone Lantern
  11. Monument in Memory of the Korean Victims of the A-bomb
  12. A-bombed Gravestone
    (Gravestone in the Remains of Jisenji Temple)
  13. The Figure of the Merciful Goddess of Peace (Kannon) Memorial Monument for Nakajima-hon-machi Residents)
  14. Nakajima District
    [A-bomb Disaster Marker]
  15. Peace Fountain
  16. Children's Peace Monument
  17. Rest House (Formerly the Taishoya Kimono Shop)
  18. Flame of Peace
  19. Pond of Peace
  20. Cenotaph for the A-bomb Victims (Memorial Monument for Hiroshima, City of Peace)
  21. Monument of the Former North Tenjin-machi Area
  22. Monument to the Former Zaimoku-cho
  23. Monument Dedicated to Sankichi Toge
  24. Phoenix Trees (Chinese Parasol Trees) Exposed to the A-bomb
  25. Monument of "Zensonpo" (Abbreviation of "All Japan Casualty Insurance Labor Union")
  26. Peace Memorial Park
  27. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
  28. Clock Commemorating the Repatriation of Those Who Chose to Return to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
  29. Monument in Memory of Dr. Marcel Junod
  30. Fountain of Prayer
  31. Statue of Mother and Child in the Storm
  32. Statue of Peace "New Leaves"
  33. Monument of the A-bombed Teachers and Students of National Elementary Schools
  34. Friendship Monument
  35. A-bomb Monument of the Hiroshima Municipal Girl's High School
  36. Monument of the Former South Tenjin-machi Area
  37. Peace Bridge/West Peace Bridge
  38. A-Bomb Dome
  39. Monument for staffers of the Chugoku & Shikoku Civil Engineering Branch Office who died on Duty
  40. Monument of The Hiroshima District Lumber Control Corporation
  41. Monument to Tamiki Hara
  42. Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students
  43. Hypocenter/Shima Hospital (A-bomb Disaster Marker)
  44. Motoyasu Bridge
  45. Monument to the Employees of the Hiroshima Post Office
  46. Monument Dedicated to Construction Workers and Artisans
  47. Hiroshima Monument for the A-bomb Victims
  48. Monument erected by Hiroshima Gas Co., Ltd.
  49. Cenotaph for A-bomb Victims in the Coal Industry
  50. Monument for the A-bomb Victims from the Hiroshima Agricultural Association
  51. Merciful Consoling Kannon for Mobilized A-bomb Victim Students
  52. Gates of Peace
  53. Monument to Mr. Norman Cousins
  54. Monument Commemorating Pope John Paul II’s Appeal for Peace
  55. Peace "Watch" Tower
  56. Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims
  57. Memorial Monument for Barbara Reynolds

Peace Memorial Park

Completed:April 1, 1954

The area now known as Peace Memorial Park was previously an urban district called Nakajima. During the Edo Era (1603-1868), it was a thriving commercial center where goods coming up the rivers on boats were unloaded, then sold or sent elsewhere by land. In the Meiji era (1868-1912), it was the political, administrative, and commercial heart of Hiroshima, home to City Hall, the Prefectural Office and Hiroshima's central distribution facilities.
It is estimated that at the time of the atomic bombing, about 6,500 people lived in the seven cho (neighborhood units) in the Nakajima district.
On August 6, 1945, the first atomic bomb in history exploded directly over this area. In addition to the usual inhabitants, thousands of volunteer army corps members and mobilized students were in the area demolishing buildings for a fire lane. Nearly all of these lives were snuffed out as the entire district vanished instantly.
On August 6, 1949, with enactment of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial City Construction Law, it was decided that the entire Nakajima District would be devoted to "peace memorial facilities," and that was the beginning of what is now Peace Memorial Park.
The park covers approximately 122,100 square meters. It was designed by Kenzo Tange, a professor at Tokyo University, and three others, whose proposal was selected through a design competition that drew 145 proposals.
At the south edge of the park is a line of three buildings: the East Building and the Main Building of the Peace Memorial Museum, and the International Conference Center Hiroshima.

(Reference: Explanation of the Monuments by the Society for Exchange among A-bomb Storytellers)