I was extremely moved by Hiroshima and how something so horrific and violent occurred in what is just a beautiful and peaceful city. Miyajima Island which sits off the coast of Hiroshima (Less then an hour by public transport) is also stunning and i’d allow a day to visit. He you will find deer roaming everywhere and a nice selection of food stalls plus famous Torii gates.
I stayed in Hotel Sunroute Hiroshima and was very happy with the place being comfortable, well priced and in walking distance to Tram’s, Shops and Peace Park.
The Genbaku Dome (Atomic Dome) is the skeletal surviving remains of the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotional Hall (constructed in 1914) and apart from a bridge was the only structure left standing near the Hypo-Centre of the first Atomic bomb which was dropped on the 6th August 1945. It serves as a powerful reminder along with Peace Park and associated museum of the destructive force of the atomic bomb and the importance of peace so such pain and suffering will never again be experienced.
There was a large child casualty rate as rather then attend school the children were tasked with helping to create fire breaks in Hiroshima to prevent fires spreading in the event of American bombings. Now thousands of Japanese school children visit Peace Park and lay reefs of origami cranes around a monument as a tribute to peace. The practice actually was inspired by Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes book
On exiting the Peace Museum, i was given a paper plane with an origami crane attached. I brought it back to Australia as a memento for my 8 year old daughter and hopefully she will get a chance to visit one day as i figured the meaning really can’t be understood without a personal visit.