Highlights of Hiroshima

3.5 hours | Hiroshima | H I J - 2 0 0
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Points of Interest

  • Hiroshima Castle
  • Atomic Bomb Dome
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
  • Shukkeien Garden
Moderate activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Your journey begins at the pier where you'll board your motorcoach and embark on a narrated drive of the city en route to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and its museum.

Upon arrival to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, you'll see brightly-colored paper cranes everywhere. Origami or paper-folding is a traditional Japanese craft, but it has become a symbol of peace. Today, paper cranes are folded as a wish for peace in many countries around the world. This connection between paper cranes and world peace stems from a young girl named Sadako Sasaki, who died of leukemia as a result from the atomic bomb.

The monument in her honor is called the Children's Peace Monument. It was built with funds donated from people all over Japan. The story goes that Sadako was exposed at age two to the atomic bomb's radiation and thus developed leukemia at age 11. She hoped that folding paper cranes would help cure her, so she kept making paper cranes up until her death, eight months later, on October 25, 1955. Today, it is estimated that approximately 10 million cranes are brought to the Children's Peace Monument each year in the name of world peace.

Tour the Peace Memorial Museum. See exhibits, videos and items that survived the bombing. Learn about the scope of destruction and extent of the bombing zone. See haunting images of shadows etched into buildings and sidewalks.

You'll also view the Atomic Bomb Dome. The old Industry Promotion Hall was one of the few buildings near Ground Zero to survive the blast, although its dome was vaporized. Renamed, its gutted walls and skeletal dome structure stand as mute icons and powerful symbols of a weapon's destructive force. Hopefully, never to be used again.

Continue on to Shukkeien Gardens, a name that translates in Japanese to "shrink scenery gardens." Modeled after a landscape in Shukkeien, Xihu (West Lake) in Hangzhou, China, a feudal lord named Asano had the gardens built in 1620. It features stunning miniature landscapes of forests, valleys and mountains. Stroll through the garden grounds on pathways and over bridges, winding your way to a pond with an oasis of teahouses and waterfalls.

From here, you'll head back to the pier. Relax and sit back as you reflect on a full day of events on your ride back to the ship.

Special Notes:

We suggest you carry local currency.

Due to the nature of the sites visited, this tour features graphic images that may be disturbing.

Visiting Shukkeien Garden requires negotiating steps and uneven surfaces. Not recommended for passengers with limited mobility.

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart from ship for a visit to Peace Memorial Park, Museum, and Atomic Bomb Dome

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Travel time:
00:30
Time at site:
01:30
Inside visit:
Yes
Walking distance:
1300
Steps:
84
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes

Visit to Shukkeien Gardens

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Travel time:
00:20
Time at site:
00:40
Inside visit:
No
Walking distance:
900
Steps:
210
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes

Re-board your motorcoach and return to your ship

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Travel time:
00:30
Shopping available:
No