I have just written about day trip to Kanazawa and Shirakawago from Osaka and Kyoto on the previous post. Some readers have asked me day trip to Kanazawa from Tokyo. Thanks Hokuriku Shikansen. It reduce drastically the trip time to Kanazawa from Tokyo. Now you can do day trip to Kanazawa from Tokyo easily.
I would like to show you the sample itinerary of day trip to Kanazawa and Shirakawago in this post.
From Tokyo to Kanazawa
Tokyo 6:16 – (Hokuriku Shinkansen Kagayaki 501) – Kanazawa 8:46
Tokyo 7:20 – (Hokuriku Shinkansen Kagayaki 503) – Kanazawa 9:54
I recommend you to see Kanazawa first. Because the next bus leave for Shirakawago at 10:50.
Even if you take the earliest train, Kagayaki 501, you have only two hours. I thing even two hours is not enough to see Kanazawa. You can spend whole morning in Kanazawa and take a bus to Shirakawago after lunch time.
Return trip to Shirakawago
Kanazawa 13:15 – (Nohi Bus) – Shirakawago 14:30
Shirakawago 17:30 – (Nohi Bus) – Kanazawa 18:45
As you see Nohi Bus timetable, 17:30 is the last bus to go back to Kanazawa. You have three hours in Shirakawago. The next bus to Shirakawago after 13:15 is 14:40 departure from Kanazawa and arrival Shirakawago at 16:05. I think this is too late to arrive Shirakawago. You have less than 1.5 hour. It is too short to see Shirakawago.
Go back to Osaka or Kyoto from Kanazawa
There are two runs of Hokuriku Shinkansen from Kanazwa to Tokyo after coming back from Shirakawago.
Kanazawa 19:39 – (Hokuriku Shinkansen Kagayaki 516) – Tokyo 22:12
Kanazawa 21:00 – (Hokuriku Shinkansen Kagayaki 518) – Tokyo 23:32
So if you want to eat dinner in the restaurant, you can take the last Hokuriku Shinkansen Kagayaki 518. You will have two hours. There are many restaurants in Kanazawa station building.
If you want to go back to Osaka or Kyoto as soon as possible, take earlier departure Hokuriku Shinkansen Kagayaki at 19:39. You can grab some foods at Kanazawa station and eat on board. On board sales is available on the train. But the price of on board sales is mostly higher than than shops at the station.
Japan Rail Pass is highly recommended. Because round trip fare by Shinkansen between Tokyo and Kanazawa is almost same as 7 days JR Pass price. Even if it does not cover bus to Shirakawago, Japan Rail Pass is the best choice.
Nohi Bus to Shirakawago is not covered by JR pass. The extra fare is 3,290 yen for return.
There is no other deal available from Tokyo.
Don’t forget to check the timetable before you go
The above sample itinerary is built by timetable of September 2015. When you use this sample itinerary, please check the updated timetable.