Hiroshima ‘paper Crane’ Tower Offers Vista Of A - Bomb Dome

Hiroshima ‘paper crane’ tower offers vista of A-bomb domeWith scenic views overlooking the Atomic Bomb Dome, the 14-story Orizuru Tower (Paper Crane Tower) was completed on July 6 ahead of opening its observation deck next week to sightseers.
Orizuru Tower has a stunning feature--a chimney-like glass wall 4 meters by 50 meters running the height of the tower that is viewable from the building’s exterior.

Visitors will be able to toss their handmade origami paper cranes into it from the 12 floor with the aim of filling the entire space as a monument for peace.

It will take about a million paper cranes to fill up the “paper crane wall.”

Owned by car dealer Hiroshima Mazda Co., the tower will house souvenir shops, offices, rental conference rooms and other facilities.

The tower’s observation deck offers unobstructed views of the adjacent Atomic Bomb Dome and Peace Memorial Park.

Orizuru Tower will have its official grand opening in September, but the observation deck and souvenir shops will be open from July 11.

Admission to the observation deck is 1,700 yen ($16.80) for adults.

“We hope the tower will become a place for people to contemplate peace,” a Hiroshima Mazda representative said.