Orizuru Tower [おりづるタワー]
Orizuru Tower is a commercial complex with 14 floors above ground and 2 below.
The building was built in 1978, and was renovated to open as the current facility in 2016.
The building is located just east of Genbaku Dome.
The 12th floor is a fancy observatory room, so we can see Genbaku Dome and the view of Hiroshima city.
"Orizuru" means paper crane.
"Origami" is a Japanese traditional art of paper folding and Japanese children learn the folding.
"Orizuru" with a shape of crane is the most popular work of "origami".
In Japan, crane has been an auspicious bird.
So "orizuru" has been presented to inpatients, victims of the disaster, etc. to become happy.
In Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, a lot of orizuru are decorated.
When Barack Obama visited Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum as the first sitting U.S. president in 2016, he doneted four orizuru to the museum.
The observatory room has the theme of orizuru, and there are various decoration and images of orizuru.
How to get here
By streetcar with route No. 2 or 6, about 20 minutes from Hiroshima station to Genbaku-Dome-mae stop.