Walking the paths of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park at seven o’clock in the morning is lovely. With other tourists absent at this early hour, Lori and I were able to appreciate the carefully groomed grounds and their memorials undisturbed. We had an enjoyable time strolling around in our own private World Heritage Site experience.
Still quiet tired from the overnight bus journey, we spent about 40 minutes strolling the park before standing at the Cenotaph (big cement arch in the last picture) and heading to the museum just as other visitors started to arrive.
When you visit the Peace Memorial Park, make sure to take your time and explore. Some worthwhile statues are a bit hidden in the foliage. Also, I recommend you research the back story of specific memorials before arriving. Overall I liked walking around, but my curiosity was unsatisfied when standing before a few of the statues.
The trees in Peace Memorial Park are perfect for black and white shots. They droop far over the paths and are translucent enough to glow in the daylight. When processing the lead image of this post, I went a step further and lightened the yellows and greens of the original color image. This made the leaves appear almost white in the final duo-toned photograph.