World Friendship Center
8-10 Higashi kan-on, Hiroshima, Japan
www.wfchiroshima.net/ - +81-82-503-3191
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World Friendship Center Hiroshima Reviews
Guesthouse in Hiroshima Oct 22, 2011
I went to Hiroshima to learn more about the A-bomb and its effects. Found the World Friendship Center which is a non-profit organization helping people in Hiroshima telling the stories of the bomb and learning English.
They also operate a Japanese guesthouse. It's currently run by a nice retired American couple, who makes you feel as if you're at home. You have a private Japanese room, with a futon bed, and share bathroom with the other guests.
When you stay at the guesthouse you have the chance to get a free private guided tour in the peace park in English, and also listen to a survivor of the a-bomb (Hibakusha) telling his or her story.
The guesthouse is 20 minutes walk from the peace park, and a couple of blocks from the tram car, so it's pretty easy to get to, although it's a bit outside downtown.
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum is worth a visit. It tells you about the background of the bombing, trying to tell both the American and the Japanese side of the story, and the tragic effects of it.
If you have the chance I would recommend a visit to the peace museum before taking the tour in the park and meeting with the Hibakusha.
If you plan to visit Miyajima and have a JR pass I recommend that you take the tram car to Hiroden-nishi-Hiroshima (4 stops from WFC) and then the JR train to Miyajima-guchi and then the boat. You can use the pass on both the train and boat, and the trip takes about an hour.
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