Actually, it is possible to walk around Kanazawa city in one day if you just see the central part of the town… though
Let me tell you a negative fact about my hometown first..
Kanazawa is one of the most rainy town in Japan.
Although there are budget rental cycles in Kanazawa. It is great to freely discover by bike when it is SUNNY.
So you want to discover Kanazawa city comfortably unless you love rain and biking however it is better to know Kanazawa’s most popular transportation it saves your time and money too..
There are several buses run in Kanazawa, so bus is very popular transportation for all people to go around the city.
Kanazawa Loop Bus and Kenrokuen Shuttle are the most popular and convenient one for tourists which take us all famous sightseeing spots such as “Kenroku-en”, “Omi-cho market”, “Higashi -chaya/tea-district” and so on.
If you purchase one-day ticket, you can get on and off as many times as you want including Kanazawa Loop Bus and Kenrokuen Shuttle. Moreover, some facilities offer discount entry fee when we show the pass.
I highly recommend to buy one-day pass for the tourists who visit first time Kanazawa, it is absolutely worth having.
Please check the details about some important tips about these buses below.
What is Kanazawa Loop Bus?
Route of the Loop Bus and Kenroku-en shuttle
There are two different types of loop bus which covers highlights of sightseeing spots. And another bus it takes you to Kenroku-en faster than the loop bus from Kanazawa station.
♦Right Loop Route *yellow line of the map
You can get on bus stop #7 of East Gate Bus Terminal at Kanazawa Station.
0.Kanazawa station – 1.Meisei Elem. school – 2.Kobashi – 3.Baba child park – 4.Moriyama 1-chome – 5.Hashiba-cho(Higashi Kazue-machi Chaya District) – 6.Hashiba-cho(Kinjoro-mae) – 7.Kenroku-motomachi – 8.Kenrokuen garden, Kanazawa castle park(Ishikawamon-mukai) – 9.Hirosaka, 21st century museum – 10.Honda-machi – 11.Muro Saisei bungakuhi – 12.Jusangen-machi – 13.Kata-machi – 14.Korinbo – 15.Minami-cho, Oyama Jinja Shrine – 16.Musashigatsuji, Omi-cho Market – 0.Kanazawa station
♦Left Loupe Route *green line of the map
You also can get on bus stop #7 of East Gate Bus Terminal at Kanazawa Station.
The bus route is opposite directions to Right Loop Bus.
♦Kenrokuen Shuttle * red line of the map
You can get on bus stop #6 of East Gate Bus Terminal at Kanazawa Station.
0.Kanazawa station – 1.Musashigatsuji, Omi-cho Market – 2.Minami-cho, Oyama Jinja Shrine – 3.Korinbo(Atorio-mae) – 4.Korinbo(Shiko-kinenkan-mae) – 5.Hirosaka, 21st century museum – 6.Pref. Museum of Art, Seisonkaku – 7.Kenrokuen garden, Kanazawa castle park(Kanko Bussankan-mae) – 8.Kenrokuen garden, Kanazawa castle park(Ishikawamon-mukai) – 9.Hirosaka, 21st century museum – 10.Korinbo – 11.Minami-cho, Oyama Jinja Shrine – 12.Musashigatsuji, Omi-cho Market – 0.Kanazawa station
＊If you would like to know more detail of the buses route, click here.
Where and How you should buy the tickets?
When you get on the bus, take a little ticket with number from the machine which is the entrance of the bus first. The ticket number proves where you hop in the bus. When you get off the bus, threw the fee（ it should be 200 yen ）with coins and the ticket into the machine next to a bus driver.
You can only purchase the pass at the Hokutetsu Bus Ticket office in advance *(You must tell the ticket officer when you are going to ride the bus as they print the date of use. Also it’s Not available to buy on the bus) Some hoteles are available too. Once you get the one day pass, you can use it for not only Loop bus but also Kenroku-en shuttle and even local buses ( only city center area ） too.
【Hokutetsu Bus Ticket Office (Hokutetsu Ekimae Center)】
Open（High way Express Bus）6:15〜20:00
（ONE DAY PASS, etc.）7:00〜20:00 7 days week.
【Transportation Information Center (Bus Ticket Counter)】
Open 7:00〜20:00（※Express bus ticket is not handled.）
Adult / ￥500 Child / (under 12) ￥250
Adult / ￥200 Child / (under 12) ￥100
These buses runs everyday but stop operating pretty early so be careful the last bus.
Kanazawa Loop Bus runs every 15 minutes between 08.35 and 18:05
Kenrokuen Shuttle runs every 20 minutes between 09:30 and 17:50
＊The time of last bus departs at Kanazawa station.
When you show the pass these facilities, you can get from about 50 yen to 100 yen discount.
- 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art
- Kanazawa Noh Museum
- Kanazawa Yasue Gold Leaf Museum
- Kanazawa Phonograph Museum
- Ochaya Shima
- D.T. Suzuki Museum
- Nomura Samurai House
- Kyoka Izumi Memorial Museum
- Kurando Terashima’s House
- Tokuda Shusei Kinenkan Museum
- Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art
- Ishikawa Prefectural History Museum
- Kaga Honda Museum
- Kaga-Yuzen Traditional Industry Centre
- Kanazawa Nakamura Memorial Museum
- Great People of Kanazawa Memorial Museum
- Muro Saisei Kinenkan Museum
- Maeda Tosanokami-ke Shiryokan Museum
- Nagamachi Yuzen Kan
- Modern Literature Museum
- Kanazawa Yuwaku Yumeji-kan Museum
- Kanazawa Yuwaku Edomura
- Kanazawa Utatsuyama Kogei Kobo
So, most of the all museums has discounts by the one day bus tickets. Why not using the tickets and visits more ?
Hope it helps your travel in Kanazawa. Please leave comments if you want to know more about buses. welcome to answer :）