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Japan in-country transport, how to get around?

Post  Joanne on Thu Sep 11, 2008 12:21 pm

I'll just post something miscellanous Razz

A link below on getting to JR Kanazawa Station from Shin-Osaka or Kyoto
http://wwwhep.s.kanazawa-u.ac.jp/nitidoku/kansai.html

And if you checked the Kanazawa tourist website I posted, it also tells you how to get there:
http://www.kanazawa-tourism.com/eng/info/info5.php
Remember to get a JR West rail pass for 1 day (if you plan to travel a lot, get more days then), so you can transfer trains with ease and just one cheap price! (as for prices, could someone post some info? Thx)
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Post  Nathan on Thu Sep 11, 2008 2:42 pm

Even though I've been before, I still don't have a good grasp on the train system.

I can find my way around just fine; that's not it. My problem is with rail passes and such. If I were to say that I'd be going off to Hiroshima (from Kanazawa) for a few days, what's the best way to organise that in terms of tickets and passes? And then, if I were to say that I'd also be scooting off to Oomachi (again from Kanazawa) for a day or two, what should I be looking at?

Assuming people are going to stick together for a bit of travel after the program I should be fine just traveling with whatever passes the majority of us are using - it's just these little solo trips that I'm totally unsure of. I can easily look into lodging, but I just don't seem to get the trains!

Thanks for any help.
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Post  Jacinda on Thu Sep 11, 2008 4:00 pm

Via Wikitravel ( http://wikitravel.org/en/Kanazawa#Get_in )

By train

Kanazawa's train station, a futuristic marvel that integrates a traditional wooden temple gate with glass and steel, is located on the West Japan Railway's Hokuriku Line.

From Tokyo Station, there are two routes that can be used to reach Kanazawa. One way is to take the hourly Tokaido Shinkansen Hikari train and transfer at Maibara (米原) to the Shirasagi (しらさぎ) limited express for the run to Kanazawa. This takes approximately 4 1/4 hours, and a regular ticket for this run costs around 15000. The journey is fully covered under the Japan Rail Pass.

The other route is to take a Joestu Shinkansen train (Toki, Max Toki, Tanigawa or Max Tanigawa) to Echigo-Yuzawa (越後湯沢) and change to the Hakutaka (はくたか) to get to Kanazawa. This northerly route takes four hours and a regular ticket is much cheaper at around 13000. A portion of this journey is on the non-JR Hokuetsu Railway between Echigo-Yuzawa and Naoetsu; Japan Rail Pass holders will have to pay a 1450 surcharge each way. The JR East Rail Pass will cover both the Shinkansen and the Hakutaka as far as Naoetsu; beyond that it costs 5500 to continue the journey on the Hakutaka to Kanazawa.

A third route exists by taking the Joetsu Shinkansen further to Nagaoka (長岡) and changing to a limited express there. While this particular journey is also covered under the Rail Pass, express trains from Nagaoka are very sparse, whereas journeys to Kanazawa via Maibara or Echigo-Yuzawa are more frequent.

All three of these routes will likely be replaced by one convenient route in the future, as the Hokuriku (Nagano) Shinkansen is in the process of being extended from Nagano to Kanazawa. Travel times will decrease dramatically with the extension of this bullet train line to Toyama in 2012; the line will eventually reach Kanazawa by 2014.

Frequent Thunderbird (サンダーバード) and Raichō (雷鳥) limited express trains run to Kanazawa from Osaka and Kyoto in Kansai. The one-way ride from Osaka lasts around 2 1/2 hours on the fastest service and costs 7640 (No charge for Japan Rail Pass holders).

The overnight Hokuriku (北陸) and Noto (能登) trains make daily runs to Kanazawa out of Tokyo's Ueno station, and it is also a morning stop on the Twilight Express (トワイライトエクスプレス) from Sapporo and Nihonkai (日本海) trains from Aomori.

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Post  Joanne on Mon Sep 15, 2008 6:13 am

Jacinda sends the link http://bus.hankyu.co.jp/highway/highway19.html
on how to get to Kanazawa from Osaka by bus

And for train schedule(only available in Japanese) Smilehttp://mydia.jr-odekake.net/search/mydia.cgi#
関西空港 (Kansai Int'l Airport) in 1st option and 金沢 (Kanazawa) for 2nd option, then click 'Search'
Train planner http://www.jr-odekake.net/
English train change guidance/planner http://www.jorudan.co.jp/english/
and another one http://www.hyperdia.com/

From wiki http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E9%87%91%E6%B2%A2%E9%A7%85
Kanazawa station is considered JR West station, BUT it seems for tourists only certain JR West passes (for certain train lines) are available... I need to ask more..
(pricing on Jacinda's book says 1000yen for a day, but the website says 2000 yen for an adult for a day)
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Re: Japan in-country transport, how to get around?

Post  Joanne on Thu Sep 18, 2008 3:33 am

Oh no.. i got bad news... I just did more research on JR West rail passes...
they do not INCLUDE cities OUT of the areas near Kyoto and Osaka
so please get one day JR rail pass (that allows you to travel ALL paths), and get more days if you want to travel more Razz

I'm only going to reach Kanazawa at 1:05 pm, I'll probably won't be able to catch the earliest one lol
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