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Look for the brightly colored origami cranes around this memorial and then discover the story of tragedy and hope behind this monument to the child victims of the atomic bomb.

The Children’s Peace Monument (Genbaku no Ko no Zō, or Statue of the A-Bomb Children) memorializes the lives of children who were killed in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945 and the deadly radiation that followed. The monument is situated within the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and its creation was lead by the classmates of Sadako Sasaki, a Hiroshima schoolgirl who died from leukemia after she was exposed to radiation from the bomb. Sadako’s story inspired a worldwide response and her plight is represented by colorful origami cranes.

According to Japanese tradition, if someone folds a thousand paper cranes, they will be granted a wish. Sadako folded hundreds of cranes in the hope that it might bring her back to health. After her death in 1955, her schoolmates organized a campaign for her remembrance and to memorialize all the child victims of the bomb. The Children’s Peace Monument was created in 1958 and Sadako’s wish continues to be realized by schoolchildren who symbolize her hope with origami cranes. The monument is permanently wreathed with new paper cranes offered by people from around the world. Many more cranes can be seen strung together in garlands inside glass boxes next to the statue. Many of these have been donated by schools across Japan and overseas, as well as passing visitors.

Take a moment to look at the poignant statue. Standing on top of a tall pedestal, a bronze figure of a girl holds a gold-colored origami crane above her head. On opposite sides of the pedestal, you’ll see two figures of children, representing angels. A stone beneath the pedestal bears the inscription: “This is our cry, this is our prayer: for building peace in this world.” A golden crane hangs suspended from a bell within the pedestal’s domed interior.

The Children’s Peace Memorial is located at the northern end of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. The park, situated in Hiroshima’s city center, is open daily for free. The nearest tram stations are Genbaku Domu Mae and Haiwa Kinen Koen. Be sure to learn about the tragedy of the atomic bomb and the city’s pledge for peace at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

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THE KNOT Hiroshima
THE KNOT Hiroshima
3.5 out of 5
3-1-1 Otemachi, Hiroshima, Hiroshima
The price is AU$56 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Located in Naka Ward, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Kamiyacho. Atomic Bomb Dome ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (216 reviews)
"Very nice hotel! Only thing that was kinda off putting is we found an old fry in between our beds lol but otherwise everything was nice! We ended up having to park a ways away because there isnt much close parking so that wasnt great but not horrible."

Reviewed on 19 Aug. 2021

THE KNOT Hiroshima
RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima
RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima
4 out of 5
6-78 Motomachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken
Fully refundable
The price is AU$112 per night from 19 Dec. to 19 Dec.
Located in Naka Ward, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kamiyacho, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Dome. Hiroshima Green Arena and Hiroshima ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,522 reviews)
"Family-friendly, very convenient to major landmarks in the city. Many dining options at and immediately around the hotel. The pool is rather expensive to use through the club at the facility, that was the only disappointment for my kids."

Reviewed on 12 Nov. 2021

RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima
Hiroshima Washington Hotel
Hiroshima Washington Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2-10 Shintenchi Nakaku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken
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The price is AU$109 per night from 19 Dec. to 19 Dec.
Located in Naka Ward, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Memorial Cathedral for World Peace, Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (964 reviews)
"Washington is very clean and has staff well-acquainted with English speakers. With Okonomimura, Chuo-doori, and Hon-doori being right its doorstep, you don't have to go far for a great Hiroshima meal."

Reviewed on 25 Jul. 2021

Hiroshima Washington Hotel
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HOTEL MYSTAYS Hiroshima Peace Park
HOTEL MYSTAYS Hiroshima Peace Park
3 out of 5
3-3-1 Otemachi, Naka, Hiroshima, Hiroshima
The price is AU$43 per night from 19 Dec. to 19 Dec.
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RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima
RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima
4 out of 5
6-78 Motomachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken
The price is AU$112 per night from 19 Dec. to 19 Dec.
RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima
THE KNOT Hiroshima
THE KNOT Hiroshima
3.5 out of 5
3-1-1 Otemachi, Hiroshima, Hiroshima
The price is AU$56 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
THE KNOT Hiroshima
Hiroshima Washington Hotel
Hiroshima Washington Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2-10 Shintenchi Nakaku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken
The price is AU$109 per night from 19 Dec. to 19 Dec.
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Nest Hotel Hiroshima Hatchobori
Nest Hotel Hiroshima Hatchobori
3 out of 5
13-12 Noboricho, Hiroshima, Hiroshima
The price is AU$53 per night from 19 Dec. to 19 Dec.
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Mitsui Garden Hotel Hiroshima
Mitsui Garden Hotel Hiroshima
3.5 out of 5
9-12 NakaMachi Naka-Ku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken
The price is AU$79 per night from 19 Dec. to 19 Dec.
Mitsui Garden Hotel Hiroshima
APA Hotel Hiroshima-Ekimae Ohashi
APA Hotel Hiroshima-Ekimae Ohashi
3 out of 5
2-26, Kyobashicho, Minami-ku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima
The price is AU$70 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
APA Hotel Hiroshima-Ekimae Ohashi
Red Planet Hiroshima
Red Planet Hiroshima
2.5 out of 5
7-10 Nagarekawacho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima
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Crowne Plaza ANA Hiroshima, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza ANA Hiroshima, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
7-20 Naka-machi Naka-ku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken
The price is AU$96 per night from 4 Jan. to 4 Jan.
Crowne Plaza ANA Hiroshima, an IHG Hotel
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