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Culture City of East Asia 2018 Kanazawa: Altering Home

  • Period:Sat. September 15 – Sun. November 4, 2018
  • Hours: 10:00–17:00
  • Closed: Mondays (Open on Sep. 17, 24, and Oct. 8), Sep. 18, 25, and Oct. 9
    *It may vary depending on the venues.
  • Admission: Free

* The venues are scattered throughout residential areas where Kanazawa citizens live. Thank you for showing consideration to the neighboring people.
* Please refrain from acts that would cause inconveniences for the neighbors, such as unauthorized parking or unauthorized filming and photography, and please carry your garbage home.
* There are no parking lots at any of the venues. Please use nearby coin parking.
* The artists put their hearts into each of their works, and the venues are also important places where the memories of the people who stayed there remain. Please be careful not to cause any damage.

Information desk

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
1-2-1 Hirosaka, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan 920-8509

  • HOKUTETSU Local-line Bus:
    • From the JR Kanazawa Station Bus Terminal take buses 3 or 6 at the East Exit. Get off at “Hirosaka·21st Century Museum.” Walk 1 min.
    • Take buses from bus terminal 8–10 at the East Exit. Get off at “Korinbo (ATRIO mae).” Walk 5 min (10 min. ride).
  • TAXI:
    • Take taxi from the East Exit taxi stand (10 min. ride).

Teramachi/Nomachi/Izumi area information

Shibafune Koide Former Yayoi Branch, 1-2-7 Yayoi

  • Hirosaka area ⇒ Teramachi/Nomachi/Izumi area
    To see the whole exhibition in this area, we recommend starting from Izumi 1-chome and working your way toward Nomachi.

    • HOKUTETSU Local-line Bus:
      Take a bus from Korinbo (ATRIO mae) ⇒ Get off at Izumi 1-chome (8 min. ride/ ¥200)
      Bus number: 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 53, 55. Buses on the left side operate at about 5 minute intervals.
  • Teramachi/Nomachi/Izumi area ⇒ Hirosaka area
    • HOKUTETSU Local-line Bus:
      Take buses from Izumi 1-chome, Nomachi, Hirokoji ⇒ Get off at Korinbo (Nichigin mae) (8 min. ride/ ¥200)
      Bus number: any
  • Teramachi/Nomachi/Izumi area ⇒ Ishibiki area
    • HOKUTETSU Local-line Bus:
      as mentioned above to Korinbo (Nichigin mae).
      Change buses at Korinbo (Shiko Kinenkan mae) ⇒ Get off at Ishibiki cho, Kodatsuno, Tentokuin mae (10 min. ride/ ¥220 – ¥240)
      Going to Katamachi, take the Flat Bus Kikugawa route: get on at Daikumachi ⇒ get off at Ishibiki Hiromi (16 min. ride/ ¥100)

Ishibiki area information

Former Rice store in Ishibiki, 2-19-12 Ishibiki

  • Hirosaka ⇒ Ishibiki area
    • HOKUTETSU Local-line Bus:
      Take buses from Korinbo (Shiko Kinenkan mae), Hirosaka/21st Century Museum ⇒ Get off at Ishibiki cho (6 min. ride/ ¥220)
      Bus number: 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 43
    • HOKUTETSU Local-line Bus:
      Take buses from Korinbo (Shiko Kinenkan mae), Hirosaka/21st Century Museum ⇒ Get off at Tentokuin mae (9 min. ride/ ¥240)
      Bus number: 10, 12, 15, 43
  • Ishibiki area ⇒ Hirosaka area
    • HOKUTETSU Local-line Bus:
      Take buses from Tentokuin mae, Kodatsuno, Ishibiki cho ⇒ Get off at Korinbo, Hirosaka/21st Century Museum
      Bus number: 10, 13, 14, 43, 70
    • Flat Bus Kikugawa route (one way only)
      Take buses from Kamiishibiki, Nakaishibiki, Tobiume cho ⇒ Get off at 21st Century Museum (8 min. ride/ ¥100, operating every 15 minutes).

* Ishibiki cho has the largest number of buses in Ishibiki area. Although buses going to Tentokuin mae are slightly less, if you walk from Tentokuin it is convenient to take a bus home from Ishibiki.
* If you are going to 21st Century Musuem of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, we recommend taking the Flat Bus.

Venue: Neighborhoods in Kanazawa city
(Hirosaka, Teramachi/Nomachi/Izumi, Ishibiki)



This area adjacent to the Kanazawa castle ruins and Kenrokuen is the government district located in central Kanazawa city. In addition to the 21st Century Museum, the City Hall and Shiinoki Cultural Complex (former prefectural office) are also located here. It is said that the wide slope on the south side of Kenrokuen is the origin of the name, and during the period of feudal rule, samurai residences were lined up there. Since the Meiji period, it was formerly a school district where the 4th High School and the Ishikawa Prefecture Girls’ School were located. Nowadays, along the main streets there are many shops with a great number of tourists and other people coming and going.



Located to the southwest of the Sai River is the Teramachi/Nomachi/Izumi area. Nomachi has one of the three major Kanazawa tea houses, “Nishi Chayagai,” and the Teramachi temple group is also adjacent. The old buildings and townscapes are firmly maintained. It is said that Izumi is a place where many pure springs had gushed forth. The former Hokkoku highway, which was the main road along the Sea of Japan, was a road on which daimyos came and went on official business, and one can still feel the remnants of those times.



The name Ishibiki, literally “pulling rocks,” is derived from the fact that stones used to be dug up from the foot of nearby Mt. Tomuro in the early Edo period to build the stone wall of Kanazawa Castle. Now, along the road that runs directly to Kanazawa Castle located on the cusp of the Kodatsuno Plateau, Kanazawa College of Art and other educational institutions, medical institutions including hospitals, a grouping of temples related to the Maeda clan, and shopping districts containing both well-established and unique stores can be found. It is a place where a deep connection with the ruling clan of Kaga is still felt, and it is also an area frequented by university students.