Incredible Piece of Art - the "spiral staircase"

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A spiral staircase is often found in museums and historical buildings.
In addition to their functionality, many of them are highly designed and artistic. They make buildings more impressive with their artwork-like beauty.
These are five spots with artistic spiral staircases full of wonder and charm that will make you feel like you are being sucked in.

1. [Clossed] Snow Art Museum (Hokkaido)

| [closed] A hexagonal spiral staircase with an image of snow crystals invites you to a fantastic world of snow

The" Snow Museum" in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, is located on a hill overlooking the city.
The museum was built in 1991 to show the beautiful world of snow and ice that falls on the Daisetsu Mountains.
The Byzantine style of the building is very graceful and reminiscent of an old castle in medieval Europe.
Snow Museum
The museum's interior is based on the white of snow and the blue of ice.
The "Music Hall," where weddings and concerts can be held, and the "Snow Crystal Museum," where snow crystals photographed under a microscope are displayed in the stained glass on the ceiling and walls, allow visitors to enjoy the fantastic and beauty of winter throughout the year.
  •  Snow Museum
  •  Snow Museum
The spiral staircase with the image of snowflakes invites you into a beautiful world.
The spiral staircase, a hexagonal whirlpool, leads to the basement (18 meters), and the contrast of white and moss green gives it a noble atmosphere.
 Snow Museum
The "princess experience" is popular at the museum, where you can wear a dress of your choice and have your photo taken in a fantasy world.

*The snow art museum was closed on June 30, 2020.
 Snow Museum

2. The Hakone Open-Air Museum (Kanagawa Prefecture)

|A mysterious and photogenic world created by stained glass and spiral staircases

One of Hakone's most popular tourist attractions, the Hakone Open-Air Museum, opened in 1969 and is Japan's first outdoor art museum.
The museum displays about 120 modern and contemporary artworks on a vast site of about 70,000 square meters.
Many people from Japan and abroad visit the museum to see the artworkst, which show various expressions according to the changes in the surrounding nature.
The "Symphony Sculpture as a Lucky Charm" is one of famouset spots on Instagram.
The "Symphony Sculpture as a Lucky Charm" is a cylindrical building 18 meters high and has an inner diameter of 8 meters.
It was used in a commercial for a smartphone and became popular. The spiral staircase in the center of the building is designed to look like a ribbon hanging down, and the entire wall is covered with stained glass. It creates a beautiful space.
The spiral staircase is divided into two parts, one for ascending and one for descending, so people do not pass each other.
At the top is an observatory from which you can see the entire Open-Air Museum and the Hakone mountains.
The stained glass windows and spiral staircase create a majestic and magical world that is beautiful and photogenic spaces no matter where you look.

3. Misumi Port Ferry Terminal (Kumamoto Prefecture)

|The spiral staircase of the port's symbolic building "Pyramid of the Sea" is as beautiful as a science fiction movie

In the port of Misumi Town, Uki City, Kumamoto Prefecture, a two-minute walk from JR Misumi Station, there is a building that looks like a giant conch shell.
The building, which is situated at the entrance of sea to the Amakusa area, the Misumi port, is called the "Pyramid of the Sea" and is a symbol of the port.
It was built as a waiting room and observation deck for the ferry terminal, but is now used only as an observation deck.
 Misumi Port Ferry Terminal
The "Pyramid of the Sea" is a cone-shaped building with a diameter of 34 meters and 25 meters high.
A spiral staircase runs along the outer wall to the observation deck at the top.
The inside of the building is an atrium, with the spiral staircase attached to the wall to the observation deck.
Misumi Port Ferry Terminal
The contrast of the inorganic texture of the concrete and the frame which changes color depending on how the light gets in gives excitement because of its coolness of the look of a fortress or secret base in a science fiction movie.
Misumi Port Ferry Terminal
The observatory offers a panoramic view of the beautiful Amakusa Sea, including Amakusa East Port and Dobasese Island.
  • Misumi Port Ferry Terminal
  • Misumi Port Ferry Terminal
The exterior, the spiral staircase, and the view from the observatory make it a symbol building to see worthly.
[Address] 1160-177 Misumiura, Misumi-machi, Uki-shi, Kumamoto
[Fee] Free of charge
[Access] About 2 minutes walk from JR Misumi Line Misumi Station

4. Tokyo Bunka Kaikan (Tokyo)

 Tokyo Bunka Kaikan

|The bright red spiral staircase is a hidden landmark of the Bunka Kaikan

"The Tokyo Bunka Kaikan” is a full-fledged music hall opened by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government in 1961.
It has a large hall for opera and orchestra performances, and a small hall for chamber music and recitals. It makes it suitable for a wide range of concerts.

The red spiral staircase from the fourth floor to the first basement floor is Tokyo Bunka Kaikan's popular hidden spots.
 Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
The staircase is stunningly beautiful from both the top and the bottom, and the beauty of its precisely designed object is simply breathtaking.
People are tempted to take its pictures, but since photography is now prohibited, make sure to memorize them.
[Address] 5-45 Ueno Koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo
[Opening hours] 10:00-19:00 (opening hours is subject to change depending on performance schedule)
[Closing days] New Year's holidays and maintenance days
[Access] About 1 minute walk from JR Ueno Station Park Exit ticket gate

5. Aizu Sazaedo Hall (Fukushima Prefecture)

|The only one in the world! The Buddhist Hall with a double-helix structure

 Aizu Sazaedo Hall
"The Aizu Sazae Hall" looks like lost the sense of equilibrium.
It is a 16.5-meter tall, hexagonal, three-story hall located on Mt. Iimori in Aizuwakamatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture.
It was built in 1796, and its official name is Entsuu Sansodou. It is called Sazaedo because its shape resembles a turban shell.
It has long been believed that a pilgrimage to this hall will bring the same benefits as a pilgrimage to the Saigoku Kannon Fudasho, and many people still visit today.
  •  Aizu Sazaedo Hall
  •  Aizu Sazaedo Hall
The inside has a "double helix structure" slope leading to the top, like a DNA shape.
The slope is a different slop, respectively, in ascents and descents. It allows worshippers to come and go without passing each other.
This architectural style is rare globally and is the only existing wooden structure with a double helix structure globally!
In 1996, it was designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan, and in 2016, it was selected as a Japanese Heritage Site.
 Aizu Sazaedo Hall
In an atmosphere that you are wonmdering into a labyrinth, when you go to the top floor, you'll see the pillars and ceiling with many Senja-fuda (A seal that proof the visit) !
From the hexagonal framework in the center of the ceiling, the pillars radiate out, and the ceiling and pillars are covered with Senja-fuda, which look like a artwork created over many years by the many people.
Inside and the entire building is spiral-shaped that is the only building in the world.
It is a must-visit site for anyone who wants to experience the mysterious feeling of wondering into a labyrinth.
[Address] 155 Yahata Takizawa, Itsuki-achi, Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima Prefecture
[Fee] Adults: 400 yen, high school students: 300 yen, elementary and junior high school students: 200 yen
[Opening hours] 8:15 – sunset (April - November)
9:00 - 16:00 (December - March)
[ Closing days] Open every day
[Access] 5 minutes walk from "Iimoriyama-shita" stop on Aizu bus
We casually use the "spiral staircase," but it can be transformed into an incredible artwork if you look at it from a different perspective.
Please be careful not to get sucked into the charm of the “spiral staircase,” which creates a mysterious beauty.

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