The former structure of the Hiroshima Branch of the Bank of Japan is a historical building with a superb classical-style outer appearance which represents the early Showa period. On August 6, 1945, regardless of its short distance of 380 meters from the hypocenter, the building withstood the blast of the atomic bombing due to the solidness of the structure and maintains its original appearance to this day. The insides on the 1st and 2nd floors were not damaged much because the iron shutters on the windows were closed, while the 3rd floor was completely burnt out because the shutters were open. Only two days after the bombing, on August 8, banking service in the building was resumed and other financial institutions in the city, which could not operate on their own, set up temporary service counters here. In this regard, this precious A-bombed building supported Hiroshima's financial recovery and now stands as a witness to history. It was designated as an Important Cultural Property by the city of Hiroshima in 2000. Since then, the building has been lent to the city free of charge by the Bank of Japan for maintenance and management. It is now open to the public and also used by citizens groups for cultural activities. The Hiroshima Volunteer Guide Association offers a one-hour guided tour (reservations needed).
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Rai Sanyo Historic Site Museum
Rai Sanyo was a well-known litterateur in the late Edo period.
In this museum you will find several historic cultural sites including, a quaint Japanese Garden, Tea House, and a tree that survived the A-bomb. To step back and feel some of Japan's authentic tradition culture, we highly recommend that you don't miss this charming hidden museum.