I have to say that Im very impressed with Kanazawa Station upon arriving from Hikone and after seeing it I might even say that it is possibly one of the most beautiful stations in Japan so far. Spent a good half an hour admiring the futuristic design of the entrance, along with a stop by the ultra-cool fountain out front that displays time like a digital clock.
After talking about it at my hostel Pongyi Guest House (that I recommend staying). I was puzzled to hear that many residents were initially dismayed by the city’s modern “entrance” when it was unveiled in 2005.
It was controversial because the station’s wooden hand-drum-shaped called “Tsuzumi Gate” and glass umbrella-shaped “Motenashi Dome” clashed with the traditional architecture of this old castle town (one of Japan’s best preserved as it was spared in WWII bombings). Nevertheless throughout time which im not surprised, the station has become so popular with tourists and photographers that many skeptics have come around to see the beauty in its sleek modern design.