The most efficient way to get around the cityKanazawa Loop Bus and Kenrokuen Shuttle
Do you find it difficult to use local buses in a city that you’re visiting for the first time? Here, I will introduce some useful bus lines for tourists which connect to major sights like Higashi Chaya District, Omicho Market, Kenrokuen Garden and the 21st Century Museum. Hokuriku Tetsudo (a local bus company) runs the “Kanazawa Loop Bus” and the “Kenrokuen Shuttle”, and by using a Hokutetsu Bus One-Day Pass, I hope you will get the most out of the city!Recommended plan list
Kanazawa Loop Bus
There are two lines for the Kanazawa Loop Bus, the Right Loop Line and the Left Loop Line. Both depart from Kanazawa Station at the East Gate from Terminal #7 every 15 minutes, and go around major tourist sights in about 40 minutes. They will make your trip much easier by allowing you to visit all your destinations.
Kanazawa Station East Gate -> Higashi and Kazue-machi Chaya Districts -> Kenrokuen Garden and Kanazawa Castle Park -> 21st Century Museum -> Nishi Chaya District and Ninja Temple -> Nagamachi Samurai District -> Oyama Shrine -> Omicho Market -> Kanazawa Station East Gate
*The Left Loop route is the other way around of the route above.
The Kenrokuen Shuttle departs from Kanazawa Station at the East Gate from Bus Terminal #6 every 20 minutes and goes around Kenrokuen Garden (you can see “Kenrokuen Shuttle” written on the body). It goes on a much shorter route to the 21st Century Museum, the Prefectural Museum of Art, and Kenrokuen Garden compared to the Kanazawa Loop Bus. If you are visiting these places, this is your best option!
Kanazawa Station East Gate -> Omicho Market -> Oyama Shrine -> Nagamachi Samurai District -> 21st Century Museum and Kenrokuen Garden -> Prefectural Museum of Art and Seisonkaku Villa -> Kenrokuen Garden and Kanazawa Castle Park -> (Turn around) -> Kanazawa Station East Gate
West Japan JR Bus for Prepaid Transportation Card Holders
The JR Bus (with the blue body) runs on a few routes through Kanazawa. You can pay the fare with a prepaid transportation card such as Suica, Icoca, and Pasmo. From the East Gate Bus Terminal #4 at Kanazawa Station, you can find about three buses an hour that go to Kenrokuen Garden or Higashi Chaya District.
Kanazawa Station -> Omicho Market -> Minamicho -> Korinbo -> 21st Century Museum -> Kenrokuen Garden and Kanazawa Castle Park -> Higashi Chaya District
Bus Fare and How to Use
It costs 200 yen per ride for the Kanazawa Loop Bus on any day of the week. It costs 200 yen per ride on weekdays and 100 yen per ride on weekends and holidays for the Kenrokuen Shuttle. The children’s fare is half price.
You can get on the bus at the back door and get off at the front. The fare should be paid when you get off, and it goes into the box next to the driver.
If you are planning to use buses multiple times on the same day, I strongly recommend purchasing a Hokutetsu Bus One Day Pass!
Please note that you cannot use a prepaid transportation card such as Suica or Pasmo for any Hokutetsu Bus lines.
Great Value! “Hokutetsu Bus One Day Pass”
You can purchase a One Day Pass at the information center located at the East Gate Bus Terminal of Kanazawa Station. It is 500 yen per adult and 250 yen per child. Please note that you cannot purchase one on the bus so you must purchase it in advance. With this pass, you can use both the Kanazawa Loop Bus and the Kenrokuen Shuttle. It’s very simple to use! Get on a bus from the back door and show the dated side of the pass to the driver when you get off
Recommended plan list7 plans
Recommended Reservation possible on the dayWorkshop no.818 at traditional house Let's Enjoy Calligraphy !
1,800yen (tax included)1 fan (with tea and sweets )
Reservation possible on the dayTour no.32 1 Day trip from Kanazawa Echizen Bus Tour
5,900yen (tax included)
Recommended Reservation requiredWorkshop no.65 A Unique Experience Omicho Market Tour & Cooking
6,300yen (tax included)Children aged 7-12 : 3,000 Yen
Tour no.43 A stroll through twinkly lit-up Kanazawa Kanazawa Light-up Bus
300yen (tax included)Adult per ride Child 150 yen
Event no.44 An event where you can easily enjoy Kanazawa geisha dancing, taiko drumming and Kanazawa Geisha no Mai
1,000yen (tax included)¥800 each for groups of 15 or more
Recommended Reservation requiredEvent no.45 One and only opportunity to enter an authentic Geisha house! Kanazawa Geisha Experience 2019-2020
5,000yen (tax included)Price is per adult. Student price is 2500 yen.
Workshop no.28 Let's Enjoy Mindfulness! Workshop at temple + Matcha/Calligraphy
4,000yen (tax included)