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Nagasaki Peace Park
Nagasaki Peace Park was built as a reminder to never repeat a tragic war and to wish for world peace. The park is located in Matsuyama-machi, which was the hypocenter of the atomic bomb on the 9th of August, 1945. It is open to the public, and anybody can come in and see. In front of Peace Statue, a Peace Memorial Ceremony is held on August 9th, the atomic bombing day, every year. Fountain of Peace was constructed to pray for the people who died calling for water, and Hypocenter Cenotaph stands there. Whoever comes here cannot help thinking of the meanings of war and peace.
- Matsuyama-machi, Nagasaki-shi, Nagasaki
- Walk from JR Nagasaki Station to Nagasaki-eki Mae tram station and take the tram (Nagasaki Electric Tramway) that bounds to Akasako. Get on the tram for 15 minutes and get off at Matsuyamamachi tram station. The park is located within 1-minute walk from the station.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- Open all year round
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- Admission fee
- Free of Charge
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Peace Statue, the Symbol of Nagasaki Citizens' Wish for Peace
Peace Statue which symbolizes Nagasaki citizens' wish for peace is 9.7 m tall, 30 t in weight, and is made of bronze. The form of the statue means both God's love and Buddha's mercy, and the right hand pointing upward means "the threat of an atomic bomb," the extended left-hand means "peace," and the gently closed eyes pray for the repose of the bomb victims' souls.
Fountain of Peace
The atomic bomb victims who suffered serious, deadly, deep burns died groaning and calling for water. Fountain of Peace is to pray for the repose of those grievous victims' souls to be offered water, and to wish for lasting peace and a nuclear weapon-free world. It also symbolizes a dove of peace and crane wings.
Tower of Orizuru
Built on the 6th of October, 1982, is a set of "Tower of Orizuru." The towers stand on both sides of the Peace Statue. Many of those who visit here dedicate thousand origami cranes to the tower wishing for lasting peace. Thousands of origami cranes represent people's wish.
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
The museum displays the devastation caused by atomic bombing, how and why the bomb was dropped, the history of developing nuclear weapons, and people's great longing for peace. The peace learning library has over 2,000 pieces of documents available for the public. Many pieces show the remains of the wrecked buildings by the bomb, and you cannot stop feeling the horror of the war.
Monuments in Peace Symbols Zone
"Peace Symbols Zone" is the area where 15 monuments symbolizing peace other than Fountain of Peace that were donated from the countries around the world stand around Peace Statue. It is a perfect place to pray for peace. At the ceremony space in front of Peace Statue, a Peace Memorial Ceremony is held on August 9th, the atomic bombing day, every year.
Hypocenter Park is across Nagasaki Peace Park. There is a black stone pillar, which means it is the epicenter of the atomic bomb, and the concentric circle around the pillar represents the explosion 500 m high above in the air. In front of the pillar, there is the box in which the microfilmed list of the atomic bomb victims' names is placed.