Japan Hiroshima


Overlooking Hiroshima, a historical site that intertwines nature, art, and the poignant memories of the city’s past.

Photo of Hijiyama, Japan (Musée d'Art contemporain d'Hiroshima - MOCA - by Rog01)

Hijiyama Park is a tranquil retreat in Hiroshima that offers cultural enrichment and a reflection on the city’s historical events. This hillside park presents a panoramic view of the cityscape and stands as a symbol of resilience and remembrance.

About Hijiyama

Located in Hiroshima, Hijiyama has cultural and historical significance, especially in its relation to the atomic bombing on August 6, 1945. The park on the hill provides a space for reflection and peace. It is home to the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, opened in 1989 and significant for its contemporary art collection.

Hijiyama’s history predates World War II. Its strategic elevation made it a military lookout and a favored leisure spot for Hiroshima’s residents. Its role during the atomic bombing, as a form of natural shield for parts of eastern Hiroshima, highlighted its significance in the city’s recovery and rebuilding efforts.

The scenic Hijiyama Park, with the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, is a cultural destination. The museum, designed by Kisho Kurokawa, features a collection of modern artworks and is integrated into the natural environment of the hill.

Visitors can enjoy the museum’s art, the park’s walking paths, cherry blossoms in spring, and city views. Besides the museum, the park is also appreciated for its tranquility and open-air sculptures.

Hijiyama’s importance lies in its role as a natural haven, cultural center, and embodiment of Hiroshima’s history of perseverance. It contributes to Hiroshima’s identity as a city of peace and resilience.

Upcoming Events what's happening around Hijiyama

🌸 Cherry Blossom Predictions
Thursday, 21 March - Saturday, 13 April 2024 (predicted)

Cherry blossoms (sakura) started blooming in Hiroshima on March 25, 2024, and are expected to reach their peak around April 1, 2024. In the Kansai region, including Kyoto and Himeji, blossoms are expected to start around March 28, 2024, with Osaka and Nara following shortly after, beginning on March 31 and March 30, respectively.

Petals typically fall within about 1 week of the full bloom unless the weather causes them to drop earlier.

For more information, see our complete Cherry Blossom Predictions 2024 guide.

Updated 29 Mar 2024
Event listings are sourced from public information, and may be incorrect or outdated. Always consult the official website for full details.

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