- This beautiful station is drawing attention from around the world.
- Art born of traditional Kanazawa crafts and hospitality
- A native of Kanazawa composed the melody used for arrivals and departures for the bullet train.
This beautiful station is drawing attention from around the world.
After the opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen (bullet train), Kanazawa is bustling. Today we’ll talk about Kanazawa station.
The world has judged Kanazawa station to be one of the most beautiful in the world, and it is causing quite a stir.
In 2011, Kanazawa station was chosen as one of the most beautiful in the world in the web version of US travel magazine, TRAVEL+LEISURE.
Then in 2014, Kanazawa station was the only one in Japan to make the list of “14 most beautiful stations in the world” on the English hotel booking site, HostelBookers.com.
Art born of traditional Kanazawa crafts and hospitality
Please look at the large gate over there. It is called “Tsudzumimon” and lies at the entrance to Kanazawa station.
It was built in the image of a drum used in the Kagahosho school of Noh, which is traditional art of Kanazawa.
Another point of interest is the Hospitality Dome.
It often rains and snows in Kanazawa, so the dome represents the town’s hospitality by acting as a large umbrella for visitors to the station.
There is an event space as well, so the area is always bustling with people.
A native of Kanazawa composed the melody used for arrivals and departures for the bullet train.
Many of the departure bells used in Japanese stations use music that is related to the area. Kanazawa native, Yasutaka Nakata composed the melody used for the Hokuriku Shinkansen at Kanazawa station. Many people recognize him as the producer of such acts as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Perfume. The melody is meant to express the “undulating natural conditions from the mountains to the sea, ” “a town where tradition and creativity are in harmony,” and the “sense of speed and comfort on the Hokuriku Shinkansen.”
We hope that you will have a chance to visit Kanazawa station and enjoy this melody for yourself!
1-1 Kinoshinbomachi Kanazawa, Ishikawa Pref.