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Since the devastating aftermath of the atomic bombing, Hiroshima has pushed to show the world of its revitalization post-World War 2 on top of advocating global peace. None is more evident of this than the ORIZURU Tower, aptly named as the orizuru, or paper crane, represents hope and dreams.
The ORIZURU Tower stands in the heart of the city, only a short distance away from the famous A-Bomb Dome and provides not only interactive attractions and eateries but also a stunning view of Hiroshima like you have never seen before. The interactive activities are suited for visitors of all ages all the while promoting a sense of peace and relaxation.
The wooden rooftop observatory, Hiroshima Hills, provides a panoramic view of the City of Peace. Set up as an open-air deck, with no walls creating obstructions, you will get a 360 degree experience of the city. One a clear day, expect a magnificent view of both the Atomic Bomb Dome and the Peace Memorial Park. If you are lucky enough, Miyajima Island’s Mt. Misen will also be visible in the distance. The opportunity to see two UNESCO World Heritage Sites from such a unique perspective will surely be worth the visit. Be sure to grab a refreshing beverage and snack in the café located on the floor as you relax and take in the view.
The 12th floor houses numerous interactive stations where children and adult alike can enjoy time with friends and family. Aptly named Orizuru Square, the floor focuses on the popular paper crane. Various stations are set up where you can fold your own paper crane. Rest assured, there will also be instructions available for those who are not familiar with folding one. Once you have folded your own paper crane, you can drop your crane in the Wall, a unique feature where you can be part of a wonderful project sharing your good wishes alongside everyone else. Interactive stations are also sure to entertain visitors of all ages. See yourself rendered on a screen as a number of origami shapes create a virtual you, fold a massive virtual paper crane using gesture controls to complete the task, or make your own firework display as you arrange paper crane shaped objects on an interactive desk.
Another unique feature of the Orizuru Tower is the spiral staircase which spans 9 levels that you can enjoy a leisurely stroll as you make your way up and down the tower. As you make your way up or down the staircase, be sure to enjoy exclusive pieces of artwork focusing on the daily life and everyday scenes in Hiroshima from postwar through present day. A special addition to the staircase includes a 70-meter-long spiral slide that runs along the staircase which both children and adults can enjoy. Never has making your way down a building been so exciting!
Symbolizes Hiroshima's wishes for everlasting peace after the atomic bomb attack
Dedicated to the legacy of Hiroshima as the first city in the world to suffer a nuclear attack
Famous floating torii gate on Miyajima
The history of Hiroshima before and after the atomic bomb dropping