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Access and Orientation

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The extension of the Hokuriku Shinkansen from Nagano to Kanazawa will dramatically improve access to Kanazawa from March 14, 2015, as travel time between Tokyo and Kanazawa will be reduced to just 2.5 hours.

How to travel between Kanazawa and Tokyo

By daytime trains

Take the JR Joetsu Shinkansen from Tokyo to Echigo-Yuzawa Station and transfer to the JR Hakutaka limited express to Kanazawa. The one way trip takes about four hours and costs about 13,000 yen.

Caution: Japan Rail Pass holders have to pay a supplement fee of 1,480 yen on board of the Hakutaka limited express trains, because the train partially runs on non-JR railway tracks.

Japan Rail Pass holders should insetad take the JR Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo to Maibara and transfer to a limited express to Kanazawa. The one way journey via this route also takes about four hours, but it is completely covered by the Japan Rail Pass. (It would costs about 16,000 yen without the Japan Rail Pass.)

By bus

The one way trip from Tokyo to Kanazawa by highway bus takes about 7-8 hours and costs about 8000 yen. Discount bus operators, such as Willer Express, offer one way fares from around 4500 yen. If used effectively, the Japan Bus Pass can reduce the cost for the bus trip to around 3000 yen.

By air

Kanazawa's airport is located in the city of Komatsu, a 40 minute bus ride (1130 yen) from central Kanazawa. JAL and ANA operate several flights between Tokyo's Haneda Airport and Kanazawa's Komatsu Airport each day. Flight time is one hour. The regular one way fare from Tokyo to Kanazawa is about 23,000 yen, however, discount tickets for around 13,000 to 19,000 yen are usually available.

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Orientation

Kanazawa's city center is defined by Kanazawa Castle Park. All of the city's main attractions are located within a two kilometer radius of the castle park, making it possible for good walkers to explore most of the city on foot. Buses and taxis are also readily available.

Kanazawa Station is not located centrally, about two kilometers or a ten minute bus ride northwest of the city center. A dense network of buses, operated by the local Hokutetsu train and bus company, connects the station with the city center and all of Kanazawa's main tourist attractions. Regular city buses cost a flat fare of 200 yen per ride in central Kanazawa.

A useful bus line for tourists is the Kanazawa Loop Bus, which connects Kanazawa Station with most sights of interests. Buses travel the loop in both directions, a clockwise Right Loop and counter-clockwise Left Loop. Buses on either route operate every 15 minutes and cost 200 yen per ride or 500 yen for a 1-day pass good for both loops. The day pass also gets you discounted admission to several attractions.

Another useful tourist oriented bus line is the Kenrokuen Shuttle Bus, which departs Kanazawa Station every 20 minutes bound for Kenrokuen. The shuttle bus costs 100 yen per ride on weekends and national holidays or 200 yen per ride on weekdays.

Last but not least there is a JR bus line that connects Kanazawa Station via Korinbo with Kenrokuen and is covered by the Japan Rail Pass. There are 1-3 connections per hour, and the one way ride takes about 12 minutes and costs 200 yen without the rail pass.

Kanazawa Loop Bus

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