Atomic Bomb Dome - Hiroshima Peace Memorial
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I visited here in the morning and early evening. There are many visitors at any time of day, but never as crowded as in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum nearby. For a more peaceful visit of the dome avoid weekends and be there early morning or late evening.
The park is also known for its gorgeous cherry blossoms. Over 300 cherry trees can be found along the Motoyasu River which flows along the side of the park. They are blooming between mid-March and mid-April. If you'd like to see them check the cherry blossom forecast for the exact time each year: http://www.japan-guide.com/sakura/
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial is commonly called Atomic Bomb Dome or Genbaku (A Bomb). It is UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. Before the bomb Hiroshima was still untouched in the second world war. The reason why it was chosen as target on August 6 in 1945. 70.000 to 80.000 people were killed immediately and another 70.000 were fatally injured from the radiation. One bomb, from the plane Enola Gay, wiped a city off the map.
In late October in 2015, I visited here for the second time in my life. I had arrived at Hiroshima by "over night bus". Hiroshima's bus terminal is not far from this place. When I left Hiroshima in the evening, I visited the Dome again before departure. Just sat down to watch this building.... thinking of many things .....