Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome

 

8:15am on 6th August 1945

The building was the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. At the moment of detonation, the blast exerted 35 tons of pressure per square meter and created a fierce wind speed of 440 meters per second. The building absorbed the powerful explosion and heat, and burst into flames. Because the impact of the blast came almost directly overhead, curiously the thick outer walls and the steel dome escaped complete destruction. However, the people who were inside at the time died instantly and the interior of the building was completely gutted by fire. Although the exact time is unknown, the building with its exposed steel dome began to be referred to as the "Atomic Bomb Dome".

In contrast to other cultural heritage buildings, the Atomic Bomb Dome must be maintained in the exact state of destruction caused by the bomb. This is critical to understanding its relevance and importance as a World Heritage Site. However, recent efforts to combat deterioration and make the site earthquake resistant illustrate that the challenge ahead will be how to best maintain the original building in the years to come. Carefully employing methods and technology best suited for the site's preservation will be essential to safeguard the dome for future generations.

 

How to got there?

From Shin-Osaka station take JR down to Hiroshima about 2 to 2.5 Hrs ( By Shinkansen bullet trains)

Approx. 25-30 minutes from the South Exit of JR Hiroshima Station.
• Take a #1 streetcar for Hiroshima Port (Ujina) via Kamiya-cho and get off at Hondori
• Take a #2 streetcar for Miyajima-guchi or a #6 for Eba and get off at Genbaku Dome-mae.
• Take a #24 Hiroshima Bus for Yoshijima and get off at Hondori or Heiwa Kinen Koen.
Get on a city loop bus "Hiroshima Meipuru~pu" and get off at "Peace Memorial Park (Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum)" bus stop.