Tens of thousands of non-Japanese visitors come to Hiroshima City every year to learn about what happened on August 6th and to experience the "International Peace Culture City." Touring the Hiroshima Memorial Peace Museum, seeing the Atomic Bomb Dome, and listening to atomic bomb survivors offer valuable lessons about the horrors of war and, especially, nuclear war. However, the Peace Park and Museum offer little information about what peace is, how it's different from what we're doing now, or how we might get there. We all want to live in peace, but how do our hearts, minds, and social/economic/political systems have to change to actually achieve a peace culture.
Hiroshima Adventures are designed to help visitors who don't speak Japanese dive deep into Hiroshima's culture and society. A blend of peace culture workshop and tourism, our Adventures are essentially traveling Peace Camps - customized, structured programs that help participants encounter the peaceful people and places Hiroshima Prefecture as to offer.
Hiroshima Adventures are hand-crafted for partnering schools, organizations, companies, or groups of individuals. During all of our Adventures, you will, of course, learn about Hiroshima--it's history, the bombing, and the horror of nuclear war. You will hear survivor testimonies, and meet the experts. But our Adventures don't stop there. We will show you the most peaceful parts of one of the most peaceful prefectures in one of the most peaceful countries in the world. Do you want to see
- Natural wonders such as waterfalls, mountains, or oceans?
- Shrines, temples, and people engaged in serious spiritual training?
- Schools and people creating some of Japan's most sophisticated peace education curricula?
- World renown programs for the aged?
- Peace-oriented politicians and government agencies?
- Art and history museums?
- A huge spinach and cow farm striving to be eco-friendly?
- Wacky attractions such as an ostrich farm or a hunter-gatherer theme-park?
The key to our Hiroshima Adventures is meeting and interacting with people throughout the prefecture who are actually doing peace culture.
In order to participate in a Hiroshima Adventure, we ask that each individual attending the tour become a Peace Culture Village Individual Supporting Member. Please refer to our Donation page under "Become a Member" for more information on how to do this. The cost of a Hiroshima Adventure varies depending on the number of staff, number of participants, and the itinerary. As with all of our programs, final itineraries and budgets are created in conjunction with the group in question.
To begin planning your Hiroshima Adventure, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 050-5535-0895! We look forward to hearing from you!