- This article is about the location Korin Tower. For the Dragon Ball episode with the same name, see Korin Tower (episode).
Korin Tower (カリン塔, Karin-tō) is a tower on Earth where Master Korin lives. The tower is located in the Sacred Land of Korin, and is so tall that it took Goku an entire three days at first to get to the top and get the Sacred Water from Korin. The tower's address is FFA 44195 SQ.
The Japanese name of the tower, "Karin-Tō" (カリン塔), is a pun on a type of fried dough cake called Karintō (花林糖). In the English dub, it is also known as the Holy Tower or Korin's Tower; while in the Spanish and Portuguese dubs as Torre Karin (Karin Tower).
The tower was built to honor a great hero. It is never stated who the hero is nor is it known if he was the same being as Korin, but it is implied that this hero could have been Olibu in Dragon Ball Z anime filler or the Karinga tribe's ancestor Iko in the computer game Dragon Ball Online. In Dragon Ball Online, it is said that, strictly speaking, Korin Tower is not actually a tower but a tree that still remains alive; thanks to the Karinga tribe inlaying stone plates onto the tree, which grows every 10 years, it has become the Korin Tower known today.
The hermit who lives on the tower, Korin, grows Senzu Beans which he gives to the Z Fighters freely whenever he has some in stock, most often via Yajirobe. The Japanese version of the movie Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge implies that Korin only allows the Z Fighters to gain the Senzu Beans if they climb all the way up, and if they only climbed up halfway, he declines the request. It took Master Roshi three years to get the Sacred Water on the top of the tower, but only took Goku three days to get it. While the special water at the tower has magical properties, it does not truly increase one's strength, as it is climbing the tower that builds up the strength.
A hole in the top of this tower fits Goku's Power Pole, which serves as the link between the tower and Kami's Lookout. It should be pointed out that it is made of a quite durable material, that the structure itself is so hard to destroy that Mercenary Tao had trouble cracking one of the columns. Since it was directly under Kami's Lookout, Yajirobe and Korin were not affected by the Black Water Mist released by Garlic Jr. Bora, Upa and the rest of his tribe are located at the base of the tower as guardians.
People who have climbed the tower
- Note: Bora tried to climb the tower, but was unsuccessful. Upa claimed he would try to climb it, but it is unknown if he was ever successful, or if he ever even attempted it.
Appearances in video games
Korin Tower appears during the story of Dragon Ball: Daimaō Fukkatsu, Famicom Jump: Hero Retsuden, Dragon Ball 3: Gokuden, Dragon Ball Z: Super Gokuden: Totsugeki-Hen, Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure, Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo, and Dragon Ball: Origins 2. It can also be visited in Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku II, Dragon Ball Z: Buu's Fury, Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai - Another Road, Dragon Ball Z: Harukanaru Densetsu, Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans, Dragon Ball Online, and J-Stars Victory Vs.
The base of the tower is seen in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai when a fighter throws his opponent off Kami's Lookout, and in Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2. Korin's Tower also appears in Super Dragon Ball Z.
- Korin Tower looks very similar to the Cloud City from Star Wars (it should be noted that Akira Toriyama stated on several occasions that he was a fan of Star Wars).