In the years just following the atomic bomb blast on August 6, 1945, scientists doubted if Hiroshima could ever live again. Yet modern Hiroshima rose like a phoenix from its own ashes, and less than five decades since its obliteration, it is a vital city with a population of one million and growing.
Visit the poignant Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and its powerful museum. The Park is home to the Peace Memorial Museum and eloquent monuments and the museum exhibits photographs and artifacts from the bomb’s aftermath. The Children’s Peace Monument depicts a young girl, named Sadako, who died from leukemia caused by radiation. The girl believed that if she folded 1,000 origami cranes - the crane symbolizes long life - she would be cured. Sadako finished 1,300 cranes before her death.
Following the bomb attack, only a few concrete buildings remained standing. Though unusable, one of these ruins is now a symbol of the city and the Memorial Park: the Hiroshima Prefecture Industrial Promotion Hall, now known as the Atomic Bomb Dome, located near the epicenter of the blast. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996, the Dome remains a stark and powerful symbol of the destructive force created by humankind. See the Cenotaph, shaped like an ancient tomb and holding the names of the dead, as well as the Flame of Peace, visited daily by monks offering prayers and burning incense. Drive back to the ship.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of walking and there are some steps to negotiate. The tour may not be suitable for wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual clothing; sunglasses; and comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended. This tour includes sensitive material including graphic pictures and displays on the atrocities of war. The tour sequence may vary. Flash photography is not permitted inside the Peach Memorial Museum.