Across the road from the Atomic Bomb Dome is a relatively new building called Orizuru Tower. At the very top, there is an observation deck that offers great views of Hiroshima, especially at sunset. When I visited, there were plastic igloos set up to relax in and enjoy the view.
Note: I visited in Winter and it was VERY cold and windy at the top so I definitely recommend wearing warm clothes if it’s a cooler day. As part of the entry ticket to the viewing deck, on the way down there is a floor where you can make your own paper crane as a symbol of peace with the help of a Youtube video and the friendly staff. Once you’ve made your paper crane, you are then invited to drop it in to a large section along the side of the building that is full of paper cranes. You can see all of the paper cranes down the side of the building from the road. I really enjoyed doing this activity. For me, it was a way of honouring the victims and contributing a small symbol of peace that will be kept in Hiroshima forever.
Overall, Hiroshima FAR exceeded my expectations! I don’t know what I was expecting but I certainly didn’t think it would be a thriving city after the devastation that occurred just 75 years ago. I highly recommend a trip to Hiroshima if you are planning on visiting Japan!