Kanazawa Umimirai Library

Kita Tomomi

Feb 6, 2018

When you think of libraries, the first few things that come to mind are books, reading or studying, and grumpy librarians. But the experience you’ll get at Kanazawa Umimirai Library, is an entirely different story.

Since its opening in May 2011, this Kanazawa city’s central library has been regarded as one of the most beautiful in the world. One look and you’ll see why; the building’s exterior is sleek and minimalistic, modeled like a giant white box with hole-punched windows all over; the interior features crisp white surfaces, glass panels and warm lighting that spills through the round windows to envelop you in cozy comfort. My favourite part of the library is its main reading room which has ceilings that climb 40-feet high!

It’s no wonder that Kanazawa Umimirai Library has been featured as one of the world’s most impressive public libraries on BBC and selected by Fodor’s as one of the “World's 20 Most Stunning Libraries”. You might get so caught up in exploring this place, that you forget about the rest of the city that awaits you outside. At least, that’s what happened the first time I visited this library.

The third floor of the library has a full section of handy local guides if you need more ideas for things to do and places to see in Kanazawa. Just remember that the library is open from 10am to 7pm on weekdays, 10am to 5pm on weekends, and is closed on Wednesdays – we wouldn’t want you to make a wasted trip!

建築に興味がある方におすすめしたいのが、金沢にある「金沢海みらい図書館」です。2011年5月に開館し、英国BBC放送の「世界の素晴らしい公立図書館4館」や、アメリカの旅行ガイドサービスにて「世界の魅力的な図書館ベスト20」に選出されたこともあり、世界的にも高く評価されている図書館です。海みらい図書館は館内はもちろんのこと、全て丸窓で作られた近未来的な外観も特徴的です。図書館といえば落ち着きがあって、どこか物に溢れた狭いイメージがありますが、海みらい図書館は天井がとても高く、丸窓のおかげもあって十分な開放感と光を味わいながら読書に集中することができます。また、3階にて学習机や、地域情報のフロアもあるので、観光スポットに困ったらこちらで情報を探してみるのがおすすめです!2階は一般読書コーナー、1階が児童読書コーナーになります。水曜日は休館日なので気をつけてください。

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