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Approximately 4 Hours
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome)
"The Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) was the only structure left standing in the area where the first atomic bomb exploded on 6 August 1945. Not only is it a stark and powerful symbol of the most destructive force ever created by humankind; it also expresses the hope for world peace and the ultimate elimination of all nuclear weapons."
Experience Hiroshima on a narrated half-day drive through the city and discover the city's history. You will visit Peace Memorial Park and tour the Peace Memorial Museum. See exhibits, videos and items that survived the bombing. Learn about the scope of destruction and extent of the bombing zone and note the haunting images of shadows etched into buildings and sidewalks.
View the Atomic Bomb Dome whose skeletal frame stands as a mute symbol of destruction.
See the Children's Peace Monument, inspired by a girl who died of leukemia as a result of the atomic blast. She folded paper cranes, a symbol of long life, in the hope that she would get better. The park now receives nearly 10 million paper cranes annually in the name of world peace.
You'll also explore the Shukkeien Gardens, built in 1620 and modeled after a landscape in Hangzhou, China. The name means "shrunken scenery gardens" -- highly appropriate for this miniature landscape of forests, valleys and mountains. Stroll pathways and over bridges to a pond with an oasis of teahouses and waterfalls. Relax on your ride back to the ship.