Nagasaki Peace Memorial Park

Trip Start Jan 19, 2013
Trip End Apr 12, 2013

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Flag of Japan  , Kyushu-Okinawa,
Sunday, March 31, 2013

This morning we woke to lovely weather and after breakfast, headed on the tram to the peace memorial site. We headed up stylishly on two escalators to the top past some lovely flower beds on the stairs opposite to the water memorial. Because of the wind direction we got sprayed a little at the top.

We walked around the park looking at all the different statues and monuments, quite a few which were given as gifts from other countries. We ended up at the giant peace statue which stands strong to signal their desire for peace to remain throughout the world against atomic bombs.

We wondered around a bit more before headed to the hypo centre where the bomb hit where there were a few monuments and some stairs which took you down to ground level when the bomb hit.

We then crossed to some stairs which took us to the peace museum. I think the one in Nagasaki is more shocking than in Hiroshima because of the photos they show you (which are extremely graphic) and also some of the stories you read and hear about of survivors. We spent quite a while there before having lunch in their little cafe because there didn't seem to be anywhere else nearby.

After lunch we went into the peace hall where we got really lost but eventually found the main hall as well as a fun interactive area where you could leave a drawing and message to show your support for peace. Following that we slowly headed back to the tram station after exploring outside of the peace hall.

We went to see if we could go into a museum by the station but for some unknown reason it was closed. It happened to be by the statue of the saints that we saw yesterday so we sat there in the sun for a bit. I spotted a silver Buddha statue that I had seen yesterday across in the distance which didn't seem too far away. We decided to walk over and find it and it was pretty impressive. The statue of the Buddha stood quite high on top of a turtle which made up the roof of the temple. We looked around there for a while exploring it before heading back to the hotel.

We had dinner in a really cool place where we had our own tatami booth and could order lots of little dishes. The food was really good but it did add up in price quite quickly. We left feeling a bit hungry still since I didn't want us to splash out too much so we went cheap to fill us up. We got a Japanese style pot noodle each from the local supermarket and also some chocolate to celebrate Easter Sunday in Japan!
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