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. Shukkei-en garden was originally created in 1620 and became one of the victims of the atomic bomb. After destroyed by the bomb, Hiroshima prefecture started rebuilding and now the garden offers a unique scene.
From the pier, you will first drive to the serene Shukkei-en Garden, located near the Hiroshima Castle. Modeled after the famous West Lake in Hangzhou China, Shukkei-en Garden is a quiet respite from the bustle of Hiroshima's busy streets. Plum trees, azaleas, cherry trees and other plants guarantee a blooming landscape, regardless of the season, and its sculpted gardens, paths, ponds, bridges, waterfalls and bamboo groves make the garden an extremely pleasant and photogenic place for a stroll.
Leaving the serenity of the garden behind, you’ll continue to the Hiroshima Prefecture Industrial Promotion Hall, now known as the Atomic Bomb Dome for a photo stop. It is located near the epicenter of the blast and was 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. Afterwards, you’ll transfer directly back to the ship.
Please note: This tour includes just over 1-hour of walking and there are some steps and cobblestone surfaces to negotiate. The tour is not recommended for wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Casual clothing; sunglasses; and comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended. The tour sequence may vary.