“Motenashi Dome” (Welcome Dome) literally welcomes you when you arrive at Kanazawa Station. It opens the gate to your Kanazawa trip and the large, bright square with 3,019 glass panels will protect you from the rain. This much-loved station was designed by Ryuzo Shiroe and was selected as the sixth “most beautiful station in the world” by the web version of American magazine “Travel Leisure”. 

Three contemporary buildings in Kanazawa

Posted on 01/07/2015

"Welcome Dome" and "Drum Gate" of Kanazawa station

“Tsuzumi-mon” (Drum Gate) has two poles with an arched roof over them, representing the Kaga Hosho’s drum, a traditional performing art of Kanazawa. This stately gate symbolizes Kanazawa’s cultural mixture of tradition and innovation. Kanazawa station has now become Japan’s must-see station following the opening of the Hokuriku bullet train railway in March 2015.

The building was designed by world-famous architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa from SANAA (Saejima and Nishizawa and Associates). The museum features elegant white exhibition rooms based on its round shape. SANAA has won a number of awards, including the Golden Lion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2004 and the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2010.

Kanazawa Umimirai Library

Since its opening in May 2001, this museum has won a number of architectural awards including the “Best of Asia Pacific Design Awards/Architectural Award” and the “Good design award”. The black spots on the outside walls are circle-shaped windows; there are about 6000 windows in three different sizes. The library also attracts much attention from the media, including from the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/0/23976745

Photo: Kanazawa City

Photo: Ishikawa Prefecture