The tallest mountain on...
The tallest mountain on Miyajima, Mt. Misen has long been considered sacred. On a clear day, the view of the Inland Sea from the summit is spectacular. The mountain, with its Buddhist temples, observatory and monkey center near the top, can be ascended in about 40 minutes by ropeway or about 2 hours on foot.
From the bottom of the ropeway, adjoining parks provide a continuous natural area to enjoy the beauty of the autumn leaves in the fall and cherry blossoms in the spring.
Miyajima is a short train or boat journey from Hiroshima. You must give this pretty island a full day.
One of Japan's most photographed places the 'floating gate' at Miyajima is a spectacular place to watch the view.
Don't forget to feed deers around:) It is great feeling.
There is the 'Tile Path' in the old town street, Onomichi city. It's inside the personal house! But it's setting free to enter, you can leave your message if there is any vacancy space on tile. Around the house's path, you can see quite unique ones also.
Hiroshima - City of Peace
Everyone has heard of Hiroshima but the city’s fame has less to do with ancient temples, historic sites and beautiful landscapes than the horrific incident which shocked the world and devastated Hiroshima at 8.15 AM on Monday, August 6, 1945. With the dropping of the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima, WWII ended but effectively heralded the beginning of the Nuclear age, which to this day, leaves a heavy cloud of uncertainty and fear hanging over the world.
Walking the streets of Hiroshima today, it could be easy to forget the devastation which flattened the city 65 years ago. The bustling energy of the city and its people is only deflated by the mournful shell of the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Hall more commonly known as the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome. This crumbling ruin is the only building in Hiroshima’s city centre remaining from pre-1945. The dome is left standing as a constant reminder as to the horrors and devastation of nuclear war and marks a central focal point to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park which spreads out across the river. Away from the dome and Peace park, the city hides it’s tragic past, with an energy and friendliness which makes visitors feel more at ease, after visiting the disturbing reminders of devastation and horror on show in the park and museum. This openness and energy shows the true resilience and optimism of the people of Hiroshima who, despite past pain and loss, have rebuilt their city and lives with a hugely admirable determination.
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is one of those sobering places which can’t fail to move everyone who visits. Laid out in a an area of land in the city centre which was left abandoned after the atomic bombing, the park is a beautiful and moving memorial to the atrocity.
Central to the park is the eternal peace flame and cenotaph sculpture which are located in front of the Peace Museum which itself makes for an interesting but ultimately humbling experience for all visitors.
Most people come to Hiroshima to visit the scene of one of man-kinds worst mistakes, but the city has much more to offer visitors. Most of your time will be taken up with the peace park and museum, but Hiroshima’s less depressing sites are well worth checking out. Hiroshima Castle, park and adjacent royal buildings are well worth a look and if there at the right time of year, a visit to the Hiroshima Municipal Stadium to watch the Hiroshima Toyo Carp baseball team, is a popular way to spend an evening, both for locals and visitors alike. Of course every visitor to Hiroshima with more than a day or two to spare, will definitely want to make for the beautiful and sacred island of Miyajima, just a short trip from central Hiroshima.
Peace Park Monuments
This is the Cenotaph for the atomic bomb victims. Around it are many decorated wreaths and floral arrangements from important figures within Japan and around the world who wish to honor those that died in Hiroshima. The mayor of Hawaii placed a wreath here. Also, if you can see it, there is a dove sitting atop the Cenotaph. Doves were released in Hiroshima to remind visitors of the need for peace and one of the main purposes of Peace Park.
The A-bomb Dome was once a government building, but today it is the only building that was not completely destroyed by the atomic bomb. It serves as a life-size reminder of the tragedy. The Japanese are making efforts to make sure that it lasts as long as possible, to remind everyone that goes to Hiroshima of the horrors of the atomic bomb.
"Tower for the Mobilized Students"
This tower is was built to honor the children who were forced to work during the war, in Hiroshima, as well as the rest of Japan. Children typically were involved with food production, sewing, and factory work. Ten thousand students died from the Hiroshima blast.
On the bell, there is a map of the world, except that there are no national boundaries. This is meant to promote acceptance and civility between nations, to create "One World" and one nation.
"Monument of Prayer"
This monument is dedicated to all those who have lost loved ones in any war or crisis, not only WWII and the atomic bomb.
"Monument for the Korean Victims of the A-bomb"
This monument was built to specifically honor the Koreans that died in Hiroshima. 30,000-40,000 Koreans were in Hiroshima at the time doing forced labor for the Japanese during the war, so this monument recognizes the Korean loss.
"Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound"
Inside this mound are the ashes of many of the unidentified people who died in the atomic bomb. It is also here to honor all of the foreigners that died in the Hiroshima bombing. This includes many Chinese, Taiwanese, Indochinese (Laotian, Cambodian, Vietnames), and Americans.
"Children's Peace Monument"
This is also sometimes referred to as the Tower of Ten Thousand Cranes. The girl on the top is Sadako Sasaki, who was exposed to the atomic bomb at age two. She survived, but when she reached the age of twelve, she suddenly fell ill with leukemia. There is a legend that if you fold 1,000 paper cranes, it will bring you good luck. Sadako did this, but she still ended up dying of leukemia.
Today, people from all over Japan and the world make paper cranes and send them to Hiroshima. They are placed all around this monument, which was built as a remembrance of all child victims of the atomic bomb.