How to travel between Kaga Onsen and Tokyo
By train via Kanazawa
The fastest train connections between Tokyo and Kaga Onsen lead via Kanazawa (just over three hours if using a Kagayaki train, about 15,500 yen one way, fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass):
1) How to travel between Tokyo and Kanazawa
2) How to travel between Kanazawa and Kaga Onsen
By train via Maibara
Take the JR Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo to Maibara and transfer to a JR Shirasagi limited express train to Kaga Onsen. The one way journey takes around four hours, costs about 15,500 yen and is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass if using a Hikari train along the Tokaido Shinkansen.
By night bus
Multiple bus companies operate overnight highway buses between Tokyo and Kaga Onsen. The one way journey by conventional buses costs about 9,000 yen one way. Discount bus companies, 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. Online reservations can be made through Willer.
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The transportation hub is Kaga Onsen Station on the JR Hokuriku Line from where buses provide connections to many of the area's attractions. Among the buses is the Can Bus (キャン・バス), a loop bus for tourists which connects the station with the four hot spring towns and most other sights in the area approximately once per hour. A 1-day pass for one calendar day of unlimited use of the Can Bus costs 1000 yen. A 2-day pass costs 1200 yen. There are two lines:
- Mountain Course (山まわり, yama mawari): serves Yamashiro Onsen and Awazu Onsen. Some (but not all) buses include a side trip to Yamanaka Onsen
- Sea Course (海まわり, umi mawari): serves the Kutaniyaki Museum in Daishoji, the Kitamae Ships Museum in Hashidate and Katayamazu Onsen
Most attractions of Hakusan City lie in the mountains to the east of Kaga Onsen. There are no direct bus or train connections between Hakusan and Kaga Onsen, and travel usually leads via Kanazawa or Matto stations. Hokutetsu trains in the direction of Mount Hakusan go as far as Tsurugi Station from where there are infrequent buses further into the mountains.