DESTINATIONS
15. KANAZAWA
How to Get to Kanazawa

How to Get to Kanazawa

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As the northern terminus of the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line running from Tokyo via Nagano, along with the Thunder service from Osaka and Tokyo, Kanazawa Station is a convenient transfer hub and gateway from where to explore Central Japan.

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Visitors heading to Kanazawa can do so from the following cities and locations:

From Nagano


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Kanazawa Station and Nagano Station are both stops on the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line – along with Toyama, Karuizawa and Tokyo:

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

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There are four services on the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line – the Kagayaki, Hakutaka, Asama and Tsurugi – however only the Kagayaki and Hakutaka services connect Kanazawa and Nagano.

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

For daily train schedules, please refer to our ‘Hokuriku Shinkansen Timetable’ page.

From the Jigokudani Monkey Park


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To reach Kanazawa from the Jigokudani Monkey Park takes time but is relatively straight-forward when done via Nagano 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.

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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, simply transfer to the shinkansen bound for Kanazawa.

From Karuizawa


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A stop on the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line, take the shinkansen from Karuizawa Station to Kanazawa Station – 120 min / JPY11,120 – and follow the directions above.

From Tokyo


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Tokyo Station is the southern terminus of the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line, making it easy and convenient to travel from the capital to Kanazawa. Using the Kagayaki, the journey from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 150 minutes / JPY14,180 or 180 to 200 minutes / JPY13,850 using the Hakutaka.

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For further details, please refer to our ‘Hokuriku Shinkansen’ and ‘Hokuriku Shinkansen Timetable’ pages.

From Shirakawa-go & Gokayama


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The Hokuetsu Bus company operates regular services between the main village of Ogimachi (with some additional services to Suganuma from March until November) and Kanazawa Station. A one-way journey takes approximately 85 minutes and costs JPY1850.

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For further details, please refer to our ‘Shirakawa-go & Gokayama’ page.

From Takayama


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The Hokuetsu Bus company operates highway bus services that connect Takayama Station to Kanazawa Station via Shirakawa-go (as below). 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.

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There is no direct train service from to Takayama to Kanazawa. Visitors wanting to use the train should proceed to Toyama Station on the Limited Express Hida service – 85 minutes / JPY2890 – and then switch to the Hokuriku Shinkansen bound for Kanazawa.

From Kamikochi


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Kanazawa can be reached from Kamikochi via Takayama Station, with frequent services running to and from the Takayama Nohi Bus Center – located next to Takayama Station. 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 Takyama – another 60 minutes.

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

From the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route


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The Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route can be accessed from the Toyama/Kanazawa-side via Tateyama Station. To reach Kanazawa, take the Toyama Chiho Railway from Tateyama Station to Dentetsu Toyama Station – 60 minutes / JPY1230.

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Walk the short distance to Toyama Station and transfer to the Hokuriku Shinkansen bound for Kanazawa Station – 22 minutes / JPY2860.

From Nagoya


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Take the Limited Express Shirasagi from Nagoya Station to Kanazawa – 180 min / JPY6930. Alternatively, take the Tokaido Shinkansen from Nagoya Station to Maibara Station, and then switch to the Limited Express Shirasagi –  150 min / JPY7370 – a faster but more expensive option.

From Osaka and Kyoto


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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: 150 to 155 minutes / JPY7260 from Shin-Osaka Station and 125 minutes / JPY6490 from Kyoto Station.

Private Charters to/from Kanazawa


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Based in Nagano City and operating all year round, we are Nagano’s No.1-rated tour and charter operator, offering a range of services including group tours, private tours and charters.

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Our drivers and vehicles are fully certified, allowing us to transport you to and from your preferred destinations, in combination with any activity that suits your interests and schedule including transport to and from any ski resort in the region.

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We can arrange both private tours with an English-speaking guide or a private charter, including a private vehicle and driver but without a guide. We’d love to be part of that experience and help you discover even more!

Why choose us?


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Awarded a 2019 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for our 1-Day Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple & Sake Tour – recognised as one of the Top 10 Experiences in Japan – we have the local knowledge and experience to help you get the most out of your time in Nagano.

Got a question about arranging a charter to or from Kanazawa? Feel free to contact us at snowmonkeyresorts@machinovate.com and let’s get planning together!