World Heritage in Japan 7
Hiroshima Peace Memorial
Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Culture, registered in 1996)
The ruin known as 'Genbaku Dome (Bomb Dome) used to be the the Hiroshima Prefectural Commercial Exhibition Hall which was constructed
in 1915 as a base for promoting the sale of goods produced in Hiroshima
Prefecture. It was also used as an art exhibition hall. The building designed
by Czech architect Jan Letzel was mixed style of Neo-baloque and Art-nouveau.
At 8:15 on August 6 in 1945, in the closing days of World War 2, 580m above
the Dome the first atomic bomb 'Little Boy' in human history exploded.
(It is also said that the drop of bomb was 8:15 and the explosion was 8:16.)
0.2 second after the explosion, the building was covered by the fierce
heat ray and 0.8 second later, strong blast, like shock wave, attacked.
So the Dome seemed to be destroyed momentaly even less than 1 second. The
body of the three-storied building was almost fully-destroyed but only
the dome part remained.
As the year rolled by, they started to call this building 'Genbaku Dome'
and became a symbol for appealing the abolition of the nuclear weapon and
lasting peace to the world. Then it was registered as world heritage in
On the west side of the Dome, there is Aioi Bridge which was said to be
the target of the bomb. On the south side across the Motoyasu River, there
is Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.
(Reference: Website of Genbaku Dome and Hiroshima City)
How to access from Tokyo (example)
Tokyo Station-(Shinkansen)-Hiroshima Station-(Hiroden Line)-
Total time: About 4.5 hours
Genbaku Dome (Bomb Dome)
General information of Japan
World heritage in Japan
-Shirakami Mountain Range
-Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
-Hiroshima Peace Memorial
-Shrines and Temples in Nikko
-Kingdom of Ryukyu
-Kii Mountain Range
-Iwami Silver Mine
-Site of Industrial Revolution
-Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
Accommodation in Japan
Japanese culture (National Treasures)
Japanese culture 2 (Culture in everyday life)
Souvenir of Japan
continually updated !
Travel Diary in Tokyo
English Guiding Service