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8 Japanese Libraries with the Most Beautiful Architecture

Lotrlibrary.com – Are you a bookworm who also enjoys and is interested in architectural design? If your answer is yes, the libraries in Japan in this article might interest you. Not only does it have a large collection of books, but it also has an interesting design because it was designed by various famous Japanese architects, such as Tadao Ando, ​​Kengo Kuma, and Toyo Ito. As a result, this library has an extraordinary building shape! In fact, some of them have won various architectural awards in Japan and are recommended by various foreign media. Curious? This is the list reported by Tsunagu Japan!

Tokyo

International Library of Children's Literature (stroll-tips.com)
International Library of Children’s Literature (designed by Tadao Ando)

Ueno Park is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Tokyo which contains various interesting facilities, such as a zoo, playground, museum, art gallery, and of course a large library which is a must visit, especially for you bookworms. This western mansion style library was designed by renowned architect Ando Tadao. Apart from its magnificent building, the library is known as Japan’s first library dedicated to children’s literature, earning it the name “International Library of Children’s Literature.”

International Library of Children's Literature (tsunagujapan.com)
International Library of Children’s Literature (tsunagujapan.com)

This elegant International Library of Children’s Literature building is very popular among parents because of its complete contents, there are more than 400,000 children’s literature books and picture books in various languages! Not only that, this library is also designed for various events, such as story-telling , exhibition space, multimedia room, and various multi-purpose rooms where children can read books freely. If you are traveling with children, this place is a must visit!

Kita Central Library

Kita Central Library (matcha-jp.com)
Kita Central Library (matcha-jp.com)

Kita Central Library is a library located in eastern Tokyo. This building is also quite historic. Before it became a library like now, this building was a warehouse used by Japanese soldiers. The outer walls were repaired and the interior was also reorganized, creating a blend of new and old auras. Due to its characteristic red brick exterior, the building was nicknamed the “red brick library“.

Kita Central Library (matcha-jp.com)
Kita Central Library (matcha-jp.com)

The inside of this library is very spacious with high ceilings and a unique atmosphere that attracts visitors. Moreover, now there is a cafe too, so visitors can read and enjoy a cup of coffee.

Area Shikoku

Yusuhara Community Library (tsunagujapan.com)
Yusuhara Community Library, Kochi (designed by Kengo Kuma)

As a famous Japanese architect, Kengo Kuma’s work is undoubtedly beautiful. For example, one of his masterpieces , the Yusuhara Community Library , is hidden behind a beautiful forest in Kochi Prefecture , Shikoku . Even though it is still very young (it was completed in May 2018), this library has been called the most beautiful library in Shikoku, you know.

Yusuhara Community Library (tsunagujapan.com)
Yusuhara Community Library (tsunagujapan.com)

Yusuhara Community Library was created to take advantage of the surrounding forest views and is made from local fir wood, making it a beautiful and comfortable library with high ceilings. During the day, beautiful natural light can enter the library and replace the lamp light, while at night, the light comes from solar lamps. As a result, this library feels warm and comfortable, allowing readers to relax.

Area Chubu

Minna no Mori Gift Media Cosmos (tsunagujapan.com)
Minna no Mori Gifu Media Cosmos, Gifu (designed by Toyo Ito)

The new Gifu City Central Library building opened in July 2015 and was designed by Toyo Ito, a famous Japanese architect. Like its nickname, “Minna no Mori Gifu Media Cosmos,” this library is not an ordinary library, but a multifunctional complex with various facilities such as a hall for teaching and learning activities, an art gallery, a community center , and many more.

Minna no Mori Gift Media Cosmos (tsunagujapan.com)
Minna no Mori Gift Media Cosmos (tsunagujapan.com)

When you enter this library, the first thing you will see is the beautiful ceiling, as if it were sewn together with bamboo sticks. The main material for this building is wood which makes the atmosphere feel warm. The reading area is designed in a streamlined style which provides an attractive visual effect with filtered lights, so that visitors can read more comfortably with light that is easy on the eyes.

Kanazawa Umimirai Library, Ishikawa

Kanazawa Umimirai Library (en.wikipedia.org)
Kanazawa Umimirai Library (en.wikipedia.org)

Kanazawa Umimirai Library has won numerous awards in the field of architectural design both in Japan and around the world. This is what has made this library attract the attention of many tourists since it first opened.

This library, a collaboration between talented architects Kazumi Kudo and Hiroshi Hiroba, looks very modern both from the outside and inside. It is so beautiful that this building has received several awards, such as the World’s 25 Most Beautiful Public Libraries, the World’s 20 Most Charming Libraries, Best Four Libraries in the World , and the Good Design Award in Japan.

Kanazawa Umimirai Library (tsunagujapan.com)
Kanazawa Umimirai Library (tsunagujapan.com)

Kanazawa Umimirai Library uses white as its theme color and has around 6,000 holes in various sizes in the walls to let in natural light and make it even more eye-catching . The high ceiling has 25 pillars, making the interior look spacious with a high-tech and futuristic aura, cool! So, why don’t you try coming here next time you go to Kanazawa?

Obuse Town Public Library, Nagano

Obuse Town Public Library (tsunagujapan.com)
Obuse Town Public Library (tsunagujapan.com)

Obuse Town Public Library is located next to Obuse Station in Obuse-machi, Nagano. This station is small and located on the edge of town, making the surroundings of the station feel dark at night. That’s why this library was built, to make this city more lively and bright, as well as provide a place to read and socialize for residents and students in this city.

Obuse Town Public Library (tsunagujapan.com)
Obuse Town Public Library (tsunagujapan.com)

To make it more integrated with the views of the hills that surround it, this library is designed with minimal decoration and is only filled with curves that connect one room to another, allowing natural sunlight to enter all corners of the library. As a result, the library atmosphere is simple, fresh and warm, allowing visitors to relax. This small library may not be the most beautiful library in Japan, but it has still won various architectural awards.

Akita International University Nakajima Library

Akita International University Nakajima Library (jnto.tohokumoment.com)
Akita International University Nakajima Library (jnto.tohokumoment.com)

Akita International University Nakajima Library is Japan’s only library open 24 hours every day of the year. Even though it is actually opened to serve students and staff at this university, this library is also open to the public. Inside, there are more than 80,000 books and various multimedia facilities, although what makes it famous is its architectural design.

Inspired by the Colosseum, this library was built from luxurious native Akita fir tree wood as the main building material, making it a building that is not only useful, but also beautiful to look at. The dome-shaped roof resembles a traditional Japanese umbrella. The fragrance of fir wood can also be faintly smelled inside, adding to the sensation of the book-reading experience for visitors. The bookcases in the reading area are also arranged in such a way that visitors can easily find the book they are looking for among the sea of ​​books.

Akita International University Nakajima Library has also won various architectural awards, both local and international, one of which is the Japan Good Design Award. When compared with public libraries, it is strange that a school library is considered one of the most beautiful libraries in Japan. So, don’t forget to visit this library the next time you go to Japan!

Kyushu Area

Takeo City Library, Saga

Takeo City Library (ana-cooljapan.com)
Takeo City Library (ana-cooljapan.com)

Takeo City Library in Saga has been the talk of town since its opening because of its simple but still unique and charming design .

On the 1st floor, there is the Tsutaya Books bookstore and Starbucks, while on the 2nd floor there is a library with a reading area. These three combinations create an innovative complex that earned the library great reviews and won the 2013 Good Design Award .

Takeo City Library (tsunagujapan.com)
Takeo City Library (tsunagujapan.com)

At Takeo City Library, you can browse the library’s newest collections, or check out the latest book releases at Tsutaya, or enjoy a cup of coffee at Starbucks if you’re tired. It’s really fun!

Isn’t the design cool? This could be a new paradise for you bookworms and architecture lovers!

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