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How to travel between Kanazawa and Kyoto

By limited express train

JR Thunderbird limited express trains provide one or two direct connections per hour between Kyoto and Kanazawa. The one way journey takes two hours and costs 6490 yen for a non-reserved seat or about 7000 yen for a reserved seat. It is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass. International tourists can buy tickets for only 5500 yen through Klook.

By local trains

The journey by local JR trains takes about 4-5 hours and typically involves 2-3 transfers of trains along the way. The one way fare is 4070 yen and is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass. Alternatively, with a Seishun 18 Kippu you can do the trip for as little as 2410 yen.

By bus

The one way ride between Kyoto and Kanazawa by highway bus takes about four hours and costs around 3000 to 5000 yen depending on the bus and date of travel. There are daytime and overnight buses, operated by Hokutetsu and Nishinihon JR Bus. The Japan Rail Pass is not valid on these buses.

Above fees and schedules are subject to change. Be sure to check current yen exchange rates.

Getting around

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 every 15 minutes in both directions and cost 200 yen per ride. A 1-day bus pass for 600 yen allows for unlimited use of the loop buses as well as regular Hokutetsu buses in central Kanazawa. In addition, the day pass also provides discounted admission to several designated local tourist attractions.

Furthermore, there are some JR buses which connect Kanazawa Station with Kenrokuen and the Higashi Chaya District. The buses are covered by the Japan Rail Pass, JR Kansai Hokuriku Area Pass and JR Hokuriku Area Pass, but not by the above-mentioned 1-day bus pass. There are 1-3 buses per hour, and the ride costs 200 yen without a rail pass.

Hotels around Kanazawa

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    • HOTEL 101 KANAZAWA
      Luxury
      Set in Kanazawa, 2 km from Kanazawa Castle, HOTEL 101 KANAZAWA offers accommodation with a garden, free private parking, a terrace and a restaurant. The 4-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom and free WiFi. The property is non-smoking and is located 2.5 km from Kenrokuen Garden. At the hotel, all rooms include a balcony with a garden view. All guest rooms in HOTEL 101 KANAZAWA are fitted with a flat-screen TV and free toiletries. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a continental breakfast. HOTEL 101 KANAZAWA offers 4-star accommodation with a hot tub. Popular points of interest near the hotel include Kanazawa Station, Ishikawa Ongakudo and Kazuemachi Tea House Street. The nearest airport is Komatsu Airport, 32 km from HOTEL 101 KANAZAWA.
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    • INOVA Kanazawa Station Hotel Suite
      Luxury
      INOVA Kanazawa Station Hotel Suite is located 600 metres from Kanazawa Station. Free WiFi is provided in all rooms. The property offers private parking. Featuring a balcony, all rooms have a flat-screen TV, washing machine and a kitchen with an induction stove, a fridge and a microwave. Each room has a living room, toilet and private bathroom with a TV. The nearest airport is Komatsu Airport, 29 km from INOVA Kanazawa Station Hotel Suite.
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    • Hotel Kanazawa Zoushi
      Luxury
      Featuring 4-star accommodation, Hotel Kanazawa Zoushi is situated in Kanazawa, 1.7 km from Kenrokuen Garden and 1 km from Kanazawa Station. With free WiFi, this 4-star hotel offers a shared lounge and a concierge service. The property is allergy-free and is set 1.4 km from Kanazawa Castle. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a minibar, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. At Hotel Kanazawa Zoushi all rooms have bed linen and towels. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy an Asian breakfast. Popular points of interest near Hotel Kanazawa Zoushi include Ozaki Shrine, Kanazawa Phonograph Museum and Izumi Kyoka Museum. The nearest airport is Komatsu Airport, 31 km from the hotel.
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    • so, KANAZAWA
      Mid-range
      Featuring 3-star accommodation, so, KANAZAWA is situated in Kanazawa, 1.9 km from Kanazawa Castle and 600 metres from Kanazawa Station. The 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom and free WiFi. The property is non-smoking and is located 2.3 km from Kenrokuen Garden. All units at the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV and a kitchen. At so, KANAZAWA each room includes bed linen and towels. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Ishikawa Ongakudo, Ozaki Shrine and Kanazawa Phonograph Museum. The nearest airport is Komatsu Airport, 31 km from so, KANAZAWA.
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    • Sumiyoshiya
      Mid-range
      Offering free Wi-Fi and free-use bicycles and in-room Japanese meals, Sumiyoshiya is a traditional Japanese-style hotel. It features a garden, hot public baths and coin-operated laundry facilities. A free-use internet PC is available at the lobby. Rooms feature paper sliding doors, Japanese futon bedding and a seating area. All come with an LCD TV, a tea/coffee maker and a sink, and some have a private bathroom. Sumiyoshiya offers laundry services, luggage storage and free parking. A Japanese and a Western breakfast are served in the hotelfs dining room, while Japanese dinners featuring local ingredients can be enjoyed in either the guest room or the dining room. Sumiyoshiya is a 10-minute walk from Kenroku-en Garden, and a 15-minute walk from both JR Kanazawa Stationfs East exit and the historical Higashi Chaya-machi district. Omicho market is only a 1-minute walk.
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    • Ryokan Yamamuro
      Mid-range
      Located a 5-minute drive from JR Kanazawa Station, Ryokan Yamamuro offers Japanese-style guestrooms with free WiFi. Omicho Market and Kanazawa Castle Park can both be reached with a 5-minute walk. Guests can stroll around the Higashi Chaya District, a historical entertainment district with various shops, located a 8-minute walk away from Yamamuro Ryokan. Kenrokuen Garden is 10-minutesf away on foot while the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art is a 15-minute walk away. Myoryuji - Ninja Temple is a 10-minute drive from the property. With heating and air-conditioning facilities, rooms are fitted with tatami (woven-straw) flooring and feature Japanese futon bedding. One room comes with a private bathroom. Free services offered at the property include luggage storage, newspaper and daily maid services.
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    • UAN kanazawa
      Luxury
      UAN kanazawa is located a 5-minute walk from Musashigatsuji/Ohmicho Ichiba Bus Stop and Omicho Market. JR Kanazawa Station is 12 minutes by bus from the property, while Kanazawa Castle is 13 minutes on foot. Free WiFi is available throughout the entire property. A wheelchair accessible room can be found at this property. Each room at this hotel is air-conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. There is a complimentary handy Smartphone and desk in all the rooms. Enjoy a cup of tea from your terrace or patio. Every room comes with a private bathroom with a bath and high-tech toilet, with slippers provided. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hairdryer. Yukata robes are also provided for the comfort of guests. A Japanese or Western-style breakfast featuring local specialities is available upon prior request. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. The property offers free soba noodle at night. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property and free luggage storage is available. Guests can work out free of charge at the hotel's fitness gym. Kenrokuen Garden is a 15-minute walk from UAN kanazawa, while Myoryuji - Ninja Temple is a 15-minute bus ride away from the property. The nearest Airport is Komatsu Airport, a 55-minute bus away.
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    • SOKI KANAZAWA 19th November 2022 OPEN
      Luxury
      Featuring 4-star accommodation, SOKI KANAZAWA 19th November 2022 OPEN is located in Kanazawa, 1.2 km from Kanazawa Castle and 1.5 km from Kenrokuen Garden. With a restaurant, the 4-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk, a concierge service and luggage storage for guests. Guest rooms at the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV and a safety deposit box. At SOKI KANAZAWA 19th November 2022 OPEN each room is fitted with bed linen and towels. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy an Asian breakfast. Popular points of interest near SOKI KANAZAWA 19th November 2022 OPEN include Kanazawa Station, Kanazawa Phonograph Museum and Ozaki Shrine. The nearest airport is Komatsu Airport, 32 km from the hotel.
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    • Gunjo no Tsuki
      Mid-range
      Located in Kanazawa, within 1.8 km of Kanazawa Castle and 1.7 km of Kenrokuen Garden, Gunjo no Tsuki provides accommodation with a garden and free WiFi throughout the property as well as free private parking for guests who drive. The property is around 2.8 km from Kanazawa Station, 1.3 km from 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art and less than 1 km from Nomura Family Samurai House. The property is non-smoking and is situated 500 metres from Myoryuji - Ninja Temple. Guest rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a fridge, a microwave, a kettle, a bidet, a hairdryer and a wardrobe. With a private bathroom equipped with a shower and slippers, certain rooms at the ryokan also offer a river view. At Gunjo no Tsuki each room is fitted with bed linen and towels. A continental breakfast is available daily at the accommodation. Popular points of interest near Gunjo no Tsuki include Nishi Tea House Street, Muro Saisei Kinenkan Museum and Nagamachi Bukeyashiki District. The nearest airport is Komatsu Airport, 31 km from the ryokan.
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    • UTAIMACHI
      Mid-range
      Featuring 3-star accommodation, UTAIMACHI is located in Kanazawa, 1.4 km from Kenrokuen Garden and 2.5 km from Kanazawa Station. With free WiFi, this 3-star ryokan offers luggage storage space. The property is non-smoking and is set 1.5 km from Kanazawa Castle. The ryokan will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a wardrobe, a kettle, a fridge, a microwave, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. At UTAIMACHI all rooms include bed linen and towels. A continental breakfast is available every morning at the accommodation. Popular points of interest near UTAIMACHI include Utasu Shrine, Tokuda Shusei Kinenkan Museum and Kanazawa Yasue Gold-Leaf Museum. The nearest airport is Komatsu Airport, 34 km from the ryokan.
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