Bus terminals are typically ugly places littered with garbage, stained with oil and reeking of exhaust. But for many it’s also the first and last place you see when arriving and departing. As a gateway to towns and cities the bus terminal should be emblematic of its location – a teaser for sights and attractions that are yet to come. That was the thinking behind Akita Station’s gorgeous new bus terminal located on the west side of the station.
Completed roughly 1 year ago, the new bus terminal is made entirely from Akita Cedar, which was all harvested locally and is considered to be one of Japan’s most beautiful woods. Akita is Japan’s top producer of Akita Cedar, explains architect Katsushi Nagumo. As long as it’s not too cold I wouldn’t mind waiting for my bus here.
Akita Station’s new bus terminal was the recent recipient of a 2014 Good Design Award.