How to travel between Kaga Onsen and Kanazawa
Kanazawa and Kaga Onsen Stations are connected with each other by Thunderbird and Shirasagi limited express trains (25 minutes, about 2000 yen, two trains/hour) or local trains (60 minutes, 770 yen, one train/hour). The Japan Rail Pass covers both limited express and local trains.
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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 1100 yen. A 2-day pass costs 1300 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.