How to Get to Fukui

How to Get to Fukui

Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

Tucked-away in the northwest corner of Central Japan, Fukui remains a somewhat unknown destination for many international visitors.


Readily accessible using the Limited Express Thunderbird service that connects Osaka and Kyoto to Kanazawa, Fukui is a great option for travelers wanting to experience a beautiful and tranquil region of Japan, blessed with a bountiful coastline and dramatic mountains.


For tips and suggestions of what to do in Fukui, please refer to our ’10 Things to Do in Fukui’ page.


We hope that the following information is of assistance when planning your visit to Central Japan. Fukui can be reached from the following:

From Kanazawa

Reaching Fukui from Kanazawa Station is very straightforward. Simply take the Limited Express Thunderbird to Fukui Station – 45 minutes / JPY2540.

From Komatsu Airport

Komatsu is the nearest airport to Fukui, with a small number of international flights servicing destinations in Asia. From the airport, take the shuttle bus to nearby Komastu Station – less than 15 minutes – and transfer to the Limited Express Thunderbird or Limited Express Shirasagi service bound for Fukui Station – 30 minutes / JPY1620.

From Nagano

To reach Fukui from Nagano Station is easy but requires a transfer at Kanazawa Station. To reach Kanazawa, take either the Kagayaki or Hakutaka service on the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line.


Using the Kagayaki, the journey from Nagano to Kanazawa takes 65 minutes / JPY8920 or 85 to 90 minutes / JPY8590 using the Hakutaka.


Once at Kanazawa Station, follow the directions above onto Fukui.

From the Jigokudani Monkey Park

To reach Fukui from the Jigokudani Monkey Park takes time but is relatively straight-forward when done via Nagano Station followed by Kanazawa Station. From the park, you have the option of: 1. a direct express bus from the park to Nagano Station or 2. a local bus to Yudanaka Station followed by an express train to Nagano Station.


Starting from the park, the express bus costs JPY1500 each way and takes 55 minutes to reach Nagano Station. In comparison, taking the local bus from the park to Yudanaka Station followed by the train, takes 15 minutes and costs JPY310  before the limited express train to Nagano takes 45 minutes and costs JPY1290 – a total journey of around 60 to 70 minutes and costing JPY1600.


Once at Nagano Station, follow the directions above to reach Fukui.

From Toyama

From Toyama Station, take any service on the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Kanazawa Station – 20 to 25 minutes / JPY2860 – and once there, transfer to the Limited Express Thunderbird to Fukui (links for both train lines are above)

From Osaka and Kyoto

Osaka and Kyoto are connected to Kanazawa by the Limited Express Thunderbird.


Frequent services run between the cities and involve the following travel times and costs: 100 to 110 minutes / JPY5610 from Shin-Osaka Station and 80 to 90 minutes / JPY4500 from Kyoto Station.

From Takayama    

The easiest way to reach Fukui from Takayama Station is through Kanazawa. Regular highway bus services connect Kanazawa Station to Takayama via Shirakawa-go. Departing every 2 to 3 hours and taking around 2 hours to make the journey, a one-way trip costs around JPY3600 while a return ticket will cost around JPY6400.


Once in Kanazawa, follow the directions above to reach Fukui.

From Kamikochi

To reach Fukui from Kamikochi you must first head to Takayama. From the Kamikochi Bus Terminal, take the bus to the Hirayu Onsen Bus Terminal – 25 to 30 minutes – and then switch to the bus headed to Takayama – another 60 minutes.


Please see the following page for information including timetables and fares to and from Takayama. Once in Takayama, follow the directions above.

From the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route     

The Toyama Chiho Railway connects Tateyama Station – gateway to the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route – with Dentetsu-Toyama Station, a brief walk from Toyama Station. The train takes around 60 minutes.


Once in Toyama, walk to Toyama Station and follow the directions above to reach Fukui.

From Matsumoto

From Matsumoto Station, take the Limited Express Shinano to Nagano Station. There are many services every day including the Limited Express Wide View Shinano – taking around 50 minutes.


Once in Nagano, follow the directions above to reach Fukui.

From Nagoya                     

From Nagoya Station, take the Tokaido Shinkansen to Maibara Station and transfer to the Limited Express Shirasagi bound for Fukui Station – a total journey time of around 100 minutes / JPY5440.


Alternatively, some Limited Express Shirasagi services run all the way from Nagoya to Fukui – 130 minutes / JPY5280 – however those services are intermittent and take around 30 minutes longer than making the journey via Maibara.

From Tokyo

From Tokyo Station, take the Tokaido Shinkansen to Maibara Station and transfer to the Limited Express Shirasagi bound for Fukui Station – a total journey time of around 210 minutes / JPY14,130.


Alternatively, take the Kagayakai service on the Hokuriku Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kanazawa Station – 150 minutes / JPY14,580 – and once there, follow the directions above onto Fukui.

From Narita Airport and Haneda Airport

To reach Fukui directly from either airport, it will be best to use the Hokuriku Shinkansen from Tokyo Station (as above) or Ueno Station.


For information regarding how to reach either station, from Narita Airport and Haneda Airport, please refer to the relevant airport page.

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