How to get around in Kanazawa
How to get around in Kanazawa
Kanazawa is a great place to visit so if you are spending a lot of time in Japan and want to explore a bunch of different places then Kanazawa is a great place to explore. And as it is a compact area you can easily get around to all the popular sightseeing spots. I would say that two days is enough to be able to see the main tourist areas in Kanazawa.
During the winter it would definitely be best to explore using the bus but during the summer you can definitely cycle around or even walk to a lot of places as well.
But they actually have a great bus system that stops at all of the touristy areas. And they have bus passes as well so you can hop on and off the buses as many times as you please and the pass will also give you a discount to some of the museums as well.
As soon as you arrive at the Kanazawa station you will see that there are a bunch of different bus stops. It may look confusing at first but there is actually a great map that shows you which bus stops in which area.
But just as a quick explanation i’ll explain some of the main buses that you will need to take to get to most of the main areas of Kanazawa.
One of the two main bus routes is the Right Loop Route. And for this route there are 7 areas in which the bus stops. These bus stops are the following: Hashiba-cho, Kenrokumoto-machi, Kenrokuen Garden/Kanazawa Castle Park, Kata-machi, Korinbo, Minami-cho/Oyama Jinja Shrine, Musashigatsuji/Omi-cho Market and then back to Kanazawa station.
As you will be traveling mainly by bus it would probably be most convenient to stay at a hotel near the Kanazawa station. There are actually MANY different hotels right by the Kanazawa station so you will have a lot to choose form. But if you are going during a Japanese holiday make sure to book your hotel ahead of time as I have found that the hotels are almost all completely booked if you do not book ahead of time. (At least for the hotels near the station)
The second main route that you can take is the Left Loop Route. This, like the Right Loop Route, has 7 different stops. And these stops are the following: Musashigatsuji/Omi-cho Market, Mimami-cho/Oyama Jinja Shrine, Korinbo, Kata-machi, Hirosaka/21st Century Museum, Kenrokuen Garden/Kanazawa Castle Park, Hashiba-cho and then back to Kanazawa Station.
The Kanazawa Loop Bus runs about every 15 minutes from 8:35 and 18:05. But for more information on the timetables and the bus map route you’ll want to take at the pictures below. Also, the bus fare is about 200 yen for a single ride but if you buy a one day pass you can get off and on as much as you like for 500 yen.
On a nice day you can even cycle around to different places as well because like I said it really is a compact city that you can get to one place to another easily. And you can rent a bike for as little as 200 yen. So if you want to be exercising a lot to burn the calories of all the delicious food you will be eating then this is a great way to do so!
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