Japan Train Stations: Kanazawa Station
Kanazawa Station 金沢駅
Kanazawa Station is the main entry point for visitors to Kanazawa and is a modern building completed in 2005.
Outside the Kanazawa Station concourse is the red-colored Tsuzumi Gate, the design of which is based on traditional Japanese hand drums or tsuzumi. Behind the gate at the east entrance to Kanazawa Station is the large glass dome Motenashi (Welcome) Dome, which serves as an event space. The Tourist Information Center is just before you enter the dome in the station proper.
Train Services From Kanazawa Station
Kanazawa Station serves JR West trains on the Hokuriku Main Line including train services to Osaka (2 hours, 45 minutes), Fukui (50 minutes), Kyoto (2 hours 15 minutes) and Toyama (40 minutes).
To get to Tokyo from Kanazawa travel via Echigo-Yuzawa and pick up the Joetsu Shinkansen (approx 3 hours 50 mins) or Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo changing at Maibara to the express train for Kanazawa (approx 4 hours 30 mins).
By 2014 or 2015 the Hokuriku Shinkansen will connect directly with Kanazawa from Nagano via Echigo-Yuzawa and Toyama with plans to continue building the line to Fukui, Maibara, Kyoto and Shin-Osaka.
There is a single seasonal night train to Kanazawa from Tokyo's Ueno Station: the all-seat Noto Express (6 hours, 47 mins). The Hokuriku Express Sleeper (7 hours, 27 mins) which had couchettes and private rooms was discontinued in 2010.
The Nihonkai overnight train goes from Osaka to Aomori via Kanazawa and Toyama. The Twilight Express service from Osaka to Sapporo also calls at Kanazawa and Toyama stations. The Kitaguni overnight express runs from Osaka to Niigata via Fukui, Kanazawa and Toyama.
To Nagoya Station from Kanazawa take the Shirasagi service (approx 2 hours 30 mins). The JR Nanao Line connects Kanazawa to Nanao and Wakura Onsen on the Noto Peninsula.
Just outside the East Exit of Kanazawa Station is Hokutetsu-Kanazawa Station the terminus of the Asanogawa Line (Asaden) connecting Kanazawa with Uchinada Station.
Tsuzumi Gate at the East Entrance of Kanazawa Station
Kanazawa Station Bus Connections
Kanazawa Station is a terminal for local and highway buses. Highway buses run from outside Kanazawa Station to Tokyo (7 hours, 30 mins), Kyoto (4 hours), Yokohama (8 hours, 20 mins), Nagoya (4 hours), Sendai (8 hours, 30mins), Niigata (4 hours, 40 mins), Takayama (3 hours) and other destinations.
The Kanazawa Loop Bus runs from outside the East Exit to many of Kanazawa's main tourist attractions including Kanazawa Castle, Kenrokuen Garden, Omicho market, Kazue-machi chaya and the Gold Leaf Museum in Higashi-chaya. The Kanazawa Flat-Bus Konohana bus does a shorter loop from Kanazawa Station passing Omicho and Higashi-Betsu-in Temple.
Three other Loop buses in Kanazawa are the Kanazawa Flat-Bus Kikugawa bus, the Kanazawa Flat-Bus Nagamachi bus and Kanazawa Flat-Bus Zaimoku bus. Pick up the Zaimoku and Nagamachi at Omicho and the Kikugawa bus at Kenrokuen.
The bus to Komatsu Airport leaves from the West Exit.
Kanazawa Station Area
Kanazawa Station Hyakuban-gai shopping mall has a variety of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. The Forus mall has a branch of Starbucks and men's and women's retail outlets.
Hotels near Kanazawa Station
The area around Kanazawa Station has a number of accommodation options ranging from exclusive, five star hotels to well-priced business hotels .
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