Every family vacation to Japan should include the experience of Hiroshima, undoubtably one of the world’s most important events. This two day add-on combines the area’s great natural beauty with its very difficult history. Exploring Hiroshima invites a deep reflection of what it means to create peace.
Explore Hiroshima Peace Park
Before 1945 this area was the commercial heart of the city; today it is almost 30 acres devoted to peace. Take in two important landmarks; the A Bomb Dome, one of the few remaining buildings after the bomb, still untouched, and a UNESCO World Heritage site; and the Cenotaph, a shrine to those who lost their lives as a result of the bomb.
Visit the Children’s Peace Monument
Your family will certainly want to pause at this monument, commemorating Sadako Sasaki, the girl who tried to complete 1000 cranes in a bid to cure her leukemia.
Wander the Peace Memorial Museum
Comprised of two buildings, here you’ll find A-bomb artifacts and personal belongings left by victims as well as exhibits on the dangers of nuclear weapons and the history of Hiroshima. Though this is a sorrowful place, its message is an important one for families around the world.
Take the Ferry to Miyajima
A small island outside of Hiroshima, this beautiful site includes wild deer, considered to be sacred messengers of God, who wander the sites and sleep along the walking paths. Have a gondola ride up Mt Misen, walk the water front paths, and enjoy the peace of the shrine island.
Wade to the Itsukushima Shrine
This shrine’s main buildings and torii gates are built over the water; at high tide they appear to be floating, a most wonderful, dreamy sight. Spending the day on the island means enjoying both low and high tides!