Kurobe-Unazukionsen Station

Kurobe-Unazukionsen Station


Kurobe-Unazukionsen Station is a small station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line running from Kanazawa to Tokyo. It is the nearest major train station to Unazuki Onsen and Kurobe Gorge, and as such, caters to visitors passing through enroute to those destinations.


The following page provides information to assist with moving to and from Kurobe-Unazukionsen Station as you through Central Japan.


It is not intended to provide complete information about the station or its many facilities, but instead, provide some helpful information for travellers enroute to other destinations.


Hokuriku Shinkansen – Kanazawa to Tokyo via Kurobe-Unazukionsen


Running from Kanazawa Station to Tokyo Station, the Hokuriku Shinkansen runs to the south-southeast toward the capital and stops at stations including:


Kanazawa / Shin-Takaoka / Toyama / Kurobe-Unazukionsen / Itoigawa / Joetsu-Myoko / Iiyama / Nagano / Ueda / Sakudaira / Karuizawa / Annaka-Haruna / Takasaki / Honjo-Waseda / Kumagaya / Omiya / Ueno / Tokyo



While four services operate on this line – the Kagayaki, Hakutaka, Asama and Tsurugi – only Hakutaka services stop at Kurobe-Unazukionsen Station. To reach the station, expect the following travel times and costs (non-reserved/reserved):


from Kanazawa:  35 minutes &   JPY3560/JPY4090


from Nagano:  50 minutes & JPY5940/JPY6470


from Tokyo:  140 to 160 minutes & JPY11,550/JPY12,080


For further information including daily schedules, please refer to our ‘Hokuriku Shinkansen Timetable’ page.


Transferring to the Toyama Chiho Railway


Many if not most international visitors disembarking at Kurobe-Unazukionsen Station will do so as they head to Unazuki Onsen and Kurobe Gorge.



To do so, visitors need to transfer to the Toyama Chiho Railway bound for Unazuki Onsen Station.


The Toyama Chiho Railway operates from Shin-Kurobe Station, a small station connected to Kurobe-Unazukionsen Station by a walkway.


Services on the line run to Unazuki Onsen Station – 25 to 30 minutes – or the opposite direction to Dentetsu-Toyama Station in Toyama (passengers headed to Toyama are best to do so using the Hokuriku Shinkansen).


The Kurobe Gorge Railway


Following the directions above will take you to Unazuki Onsen Station. Located in the centre of Unazuki Onsen, the station is under 5 minutes walk from Unazuki Station – terminus of the Kurobe Gorge Railway.


Open to the public from mid-April until late-November, Kurobe Gorge Railway is a 20km narrow gauge track following the Kuronagi River through a stunning landscape of heavily forested ravines.


Open-air carriages allows passengers to breathe in the atmosphere of the surrounding landscape as the train slowly winds its way past a couple of stations to the final stop of Keyakidaira Station. Along the way, walking trails, outdoor hot springs, viewing points and a limited number of restaurants and guesthouses combine to create one of Central Japan’s most relaxing and enjoyable experiences.


Japan Rail (JR) Passes covering Kurobe-Unazukionsen


There is no escaping the fact that travel using the shinkansen and other rapid services is expensive. Given the speed and distances covered by these trains, travelers should think of them much like taking a flight, with tickets accordingly priced. International visitors to Japan have the option of purchasing one of several passes which allow for unlimited use of the Hokuriku along with other services:


Japan Rail (JR) Pass


Covering all 9 shinkansen lines in Japan and many other train services, the JR Pass is a great option for visitors planning to use the shinkansen more than a handful of times and/or travel large distances. Travelers have the option of 7, 14 and 21-day passes covering either Ordinary or Ordinary and Green Cars.

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The JR Pass allows for use of any service on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line at no additional cost but noting that should holders wish to have a reserved seat, they are still required to book a seat at the ticket office (at no additional cost).


Pass covers the Hokuriku Shinkansen but does not cover the Toyama Chiho Railway.


Japan Rail (JR) East Pass/ Nagano & Niigata


This pass covers the Hokuriku and Joetsu Shinkansen lines serving Nagano and Niigata, along with other regional services. There is only one option of pass, covering 5 days of use within a 14-day period from its date of activation.


Notably cheaper than the JR Pass, this is a great option for visitors staying within Nagano and Niigata. Much like the JR Pass, it allows for use of any service on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line at no additional cost but noting that should holders wish to have a reserved seat, they are still required to book a seat at the ticket office (at no additional cost).


Pass covers the Hokuriku Shinkansen but does not cover the Toyama Chiho Railway.


Hokuriku Arch Pass


Valid for 7 consecutive days from date of activation, the Hokuriku Arch Pass covers train services from Tokyo – including trains from both Narita and Haneda Airports – to Nagano and Kanazawa and then onto Kyoto, Osaka and Kansai Airport.


For many international visitors, this pass covers the majority of their intended destinations as the they follow the most popular tourist route from Tokyo to Kanazawa and onto Kyoto and Osaka. Notably cheaper than the full JR Pass, the Hokuriku Arch Pass offers fantastic convenience and savings.


Pass covers the Hokuriku Shinkansen but does not cover the Toyama Chiho Railway.


Purchasing a JR Pass


Passes can be purchased via the official website or via a JR-affiliated sales office. Once you completed payment, you will receive an exchange order. This is a proof of payment and looks almost like a flight ticket with your personal details, type of Pass, and validity (three months from the date of issue).


It is important to note that the exchange order is not your actual pass and will need to be exchanged for your pass once in Japan. Whatever you do, do not lose the exchange order and prioritise exchanging it for your pass when you arrive.


Activating a JR Pass


The Japan Rail passes listed above are valid for travel to and from this station. Before using a pass, it must first be exchanged/activated. It is important to note that JR passes cannot be exchanged/activated at Kurobe-Unazukionsen Station. Exchanging/activating the pass can however be done at numerous offices located at airports – including Narita Airport, Haneda Airport, Chubu Centrair International Airport and Kansai International Airport – and major train stations throughout Japan.


If you have the time, we recommend activating your pass while at the airport. Otherwise, passes can also be activated at these stations on the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line: Tokyo Station / Nagano Station / Kanazawa Station.


To exchange/activate your pass you will need your exchange order and passport. Make sure you allow adequate time to exchange and activate your pass if you are intending to use it on the same day or do so a day or two before you plan to start using it (you can always nominate a later activation date). Once you have your activated pass you are free to ride however you can’t insert your pass into the ticket gates. Simply walk through the side booth (permanently attended by station staff) and show your pass. You will be waved through and you can make your way to the platform.


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