Public Spaces

Onagawa Station on the JR Ishinomaki Line was one of the many train stations that lost its buildings and trains to the 2011 tsunami, and less than a decade since, the Onagawa Station area has been revamped through the town’s revitalization efforts, with the station itself as a shining example. Designed by Shigeru Ban, the wide and soaring three-story structure features a latticed wood ceiling that yields generous amounts of light. It also functions as more than a train station, with retail shops and a spacious hot bath “Yupoppo” decorated with contemporary murals. New businesses, such as the Seapal-Pier Onagawa shopping center, are opening near the station as well. Onagawa Station may be the last stop on the train line, but today the building stands as a starting point for many.

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