Hiroshima Museums: Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art 広島市現代美術館
When it opened in 1989 Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art was the first public museum in Japan to be devoted solely to contemporary art. The museum was designed by renowned architect Kisho Kurokawa and is mostly modeled on traditional Japanese storehouse design.
Most of the museum is built below ground so that the skyline of Hijiyama was not disturbed. The entrance features a circular cloister with an opening that points towards the epicenter of the atomic blast.
The Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art's permanent collection features modern art by both Japanese and foreign artists including Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Henry Moore.
There are also changing exhibitions and other events regularly held. The information is mostly in Japanese though a free pamphlet giving details of some of the works in English is available. The grounds of the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art display many outdoor sculptures and has great views out over the city. It is a popular spot for cherry blossom viewing in the season.
Access - how to get to Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
1-1 Hijiyama Koen
Hiroshima City, Hiroshima 732-0815
Tel: 082 264 1121
Hours: Open from 10am to 5pm, Tuesdays to Sundays. If a national holiday falls on a Monday it opens with the next day closed. Closed over the New Year.
Entry fee for adults 370 yen. Entry fee for special exhibitions varies.
The Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art is most conveniently reached by using the Hiroshima Sightseeing Loop Bus (Orange Route) which stops directly in front of the museum. The Hiroshima Sightseeing Loop Bus is free to users of the Japan Rail Pass, otherwise 200 yen.
Alternatively you can take a tram to the Hijiyamashita stop and then its a 400 meter, mostly uphill walk. If you choose to visit by taking the tram and walking up the hill you will see a good example of the power of an A-bomb blast.
The Raisanyobutokuden was originally a Buddhist building, but during the war it was used to store koseki, family registers. The structure on top of the roof is a bronze kyurin, literally "nine rings" and is part of a pagoda. The rings have been twisted out of shape by the force of the atomic blast the epicenter of which was 1.8 kilometers away.
Access from the other side of the hill is via the "Skywalk" - an escalator that runs up the hill from the Hiroshima Saty Shopping Complex.
Hiroshima Manga Library 広島市まんが図書館
Hiroshima Manga Library is located next door to the Museum of Contemporary Art and is a must see for manga fans. The library's collection is vast covering more than 10,000 titles including some American comics.
All the latest issues of the weekly and monthly manga magazines are available as well as a big collection of rare and expensive issues which cannot be taken out but which can be read within the library.
There is also a collection of picture books by Edo Period artists like Hokusai who is, it is believed, the first to coin the word manga. There is also a section on manga produced in Hiroshima. There are books on manga and how to draw manga and also a collection of materials relating to famous manga authors. A great resource for manga fans as well as researchers.
Hiroshima Manga Library
1-4 Hijiyamakoen, Minami-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima 732-0815
Tel: 082 261 0330
Open from 10am to 7pm, closed Mondays. Free entry.
Access is the same as for the Museum of Contemporary Art.