As the official main gate of the outer wall, Hashizume Gate is deemed the highest status among gates.
It is composed of two parts.
The outer entrance gate is in the korai-mon style, and the inner gate holds a masugata (rectangular space) and gatehouse, which is further enclosed by stone walls and a double mote.
Together with the still-standing Ishikawa Gate and the restored Kahoku Gate, it is one of the three main gates of Kanazawa Castle, and the guardhouse located within the second gate is the largest on castle grounds.
While the gate was originally lost to fire in 1881, its outer gate was restored in 2001, and its inner gate was restored in March 2015, together with its masugata area and double mote.