Peace Memorial Museum

Lonely Planet review

The lower floor of Hiroshima's peace museum presents the history of the city and, interestingly, explains the living conditions and sentiment during the war years. Upstairs is a depressing display showing the development of even more destructive weapons in the years since the dropping of the bomb, and rooms filled with items salvaged from the aftermath of the explosion. The displays are confronting and personal – ragged clothes, glasses, a child's melted lunch box – and there are some gruesome photographs of victims. Some will find it upsetting, but it's a must-see in Hiroshima. In the corridor on the way out, it's worth taking time to watch the video testimonials of survivors. There are also English-speaking guides within the museum who can offer interesting insights.