The most efficient way to get around the cityKanazawa Loop Bus, Kenrokuen Shuttle & JR Bus
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. By using a Kanazawa City One-Day Bus 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 #6 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.
---Major Sights of Interests on the Right Loop Route---
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.
Terminal# at Kanazawa Station: East Gate Terminal #6
Fare: 200 yen per ride *Cannot use nation-wide transportation IC cards.
Schedule: Every 15 minutes between 8:30am and 6:00pm
The Kenrokuen Shuttle departs from Kanazawa Station at the East Gate from Bus Terminal #7 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!
---Major Sights of Interests on Kenrokuen Shuttle Route---
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
Terminal# at Kanazawa Station: East Gate Terminal #7
Fare: 200 yen per ride (100 yen on weekends and holidays)
*Cannot use nation-wide transportation IC cards.
Schedule: Every 20 minutes between 9:30am and 5:50pm
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 #5 at Kanazawa Station, you can find about six buses in an hour that go to Omicho Market, Kanazawa 21st Century Museum, Kenrokuen Garden and Higashi Chaya District.
---Major Sights of Interests on JR Bus Route---
Kanazawa Station -> Omicho Market -> Oyama Shrine -> Naga-machi Buke Yashiki District -> 21st Century Museum -> Kenrokuen Garden and Kanazawa Castle Park -> Higashi Chaya District
Terminal# at Kanazawa Station: East Gate Terminal #5
Fare: From 200 yen per ride *Nation-wide transportation IC cards accepted.
Schedule: First bus departs at 6:20am, Last bus departs at 9:00pm. Check the time table here.
Bus Fare and How to Use
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. When you get on a local line, you must take a numbered ticket per person (showing the bus stop number you got on) from a ticket machine at the door. The numbered ticket goes with the fare into the box next to the driver when you get off. (On the Loop Buses and Kenrokuen Shuttles, there is no ticket machine so this does not apply.) You still need a numbered ticket even if you have a 1-day bus pass. The screen by the front door shows the coming-up bus stop and the fares. The children's fare (for elementary school students or younger) is half price. There is no change for fares. Please use the exchange machine next to the fare box to break 1000yen bill, 500yen coin, 100yen coin, and 50yen coin. You cannot break bigger bills.
Great Value! "Kanazawa City One Day Bus Pass"
You can purchase a One Day Bus Pass at Kanazawa Station Tourist Information Center, Kanazawa Station Bus Terminal Information Center, and hotels in the city. It is 600 yen per adult and 300 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 ride not only the busses listed above, but also local lines within the valid area. 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.Check out the route map that you received when you purchased the pass. You can find the timetables of the three bus lines and a map with all the bus stops on it, so it is useful for deciding where to go next and for finding the closest bus stop for your destination! You'll also receive discounts on admission fees for 28 facilities in the city such as the 21st century museum if you show the pass.
KANAZAWA LOOP BUS official site
Recommended plan list12 plans
Reservation possible on the day Reservation requiredWorkshop no.117 You can experience if there are seats available! 【Kinpakuya Sakuda】 【3-minute walk from Higashi Chaya Street】Gold Leaf Embellishment Experience.
700yen (tax included)～Prices start from 600 yen (including tax + materials cost).
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 requiredTour no.144 Explore Kanazawa Kanazawa Food Tour
8,000yen (tax included)※Lunch, guide fee
RecommendedEvent no.77 Let's go sightseeing in Kanazawa at night! Night Run Kanazawa
1,500yen (tax included)It is the price of one adult.(Free for children under 11 years old)
Recommended Reservation possible on the day Reservation requiredWorkshop no.76 Kanazawa-Mizuhiki Workshop KINPU MAKING
3,300yen (tax included)per item
Reservation requiredTour no.80 Experience the connection between nature and authentic dyeing technique of Kana Kaga Yuzen and Nature
15,000yen (tax included)The price includes insurance, tea and snacks.
Recommended Reservation requiredWorkshop no.65 A Unique Experience Omicho Market Tour & Cooking
6,300yen (tax included)Children aged 7-12 : 3,000 Yen
Workshop no.66 Authentic Kanazawa Meal Kanazawa Family Cuisine Cooking
5,500yen (tax included)aged 6 under will be free
Workshop no.67 The Kanazawa Way Temari-Sushi Making
5,500yen (tax included)
Tour no.43 A stroll through twinkly lit-up Kanazawa Kanazawa Light-up Bus
300yen (tax included)Adult per ride Child 150 yen
Workshop no.24 Let’s enjoy mindfulness! Calligraphy art work shop Shinsen Art
2,200yen (tax included)
RecommendedWorkshop no.28 Let's Enjoy Mindfulness! Workshop at temple + Matcha/Calligraphy
4,000yen (tax included)