21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art
Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture
10:00 – 18:00 Daily
Kanazawa is a tourist destination for the Japanese. International tourism usually heads south to Kyoto and its plethora of temples. For a slightly different experience, head west and enjoy Kanazawa. This intimate city is home to the edo era Higashiyama Higashi Chaya District, the superbly maintained Kanazawa Castle, the best of Kenroku-en gardens and the lovely 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art.
above photo © 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art
Near said Kenroku-en, the pleasing circular structure of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art floats above the landscape. Built in 2005, by architects Kazuyo Sejima+Ryue Nishizawa of the architectural prize-winning architect studio SANAA, this 113m diameter steel frame and reinforced concrete building is home to a fantastic rotating collection. We had a lovely time exploring and marveling at the play of sight and sound – a theme that re-appeared throughout.
As a bonus, the 21st Century Museum is surrounded by several of Kanazawa’s famed porcelain shops.