Direct transfer to Kanazawa from Nagoya, Limited Express Shirasagi

683 series is the primary fleet for limited express train in Hokuriku region.
683 series is the primary fleet for limited express train in Hokuriku region.

Shirasagi (しらさぎ) runs between Nagoya (名古屋) and Kanazawa (金沢). This train is the fastest transfer from Nagoya/Maibara (米原) to Hokuriku region, such as Kanazawa and Fukui (福井). This train is very popular for both business and leisure travellers. Because there are several popular locations along this trains’s route, like Awara-Onsen (芦原温泉) hot springs, Kaga-Onsen (加賀温泉) hot spring, and Kanazawa.

This train, Shirasagi is fully covered by Japan Rail Pass. Let’s see the details.

Route, schedule and trip time

Shirasagi is operated between Nagoya or Maibara and Kanazawa, Toyama, Wakura-Onsen. The number of trips of Shirasagi is the following:

Between Nagoya and Kanazawa — 8 round trips
Between Maibara and Kanazawa — 8 round trips

Most of Shirasagi is connected with Hikari on Tokaido Shinkansen at Maibara in 10 minutes. You can transfer the trains very smoothly at Maibara.

As I mentioned above, this train is used mostly to access to Hokuriku region from Nagoya and Maibara. If you go there from Osaka, Limited Express Thunderbird is the right choice. You can take Shinkansen from Shin-Osaka to Maibara, and then transfer this train, Shirasagi at Maibara. But this route is slower than Thunderbird. Thunderbird gives you direct transfer from Osaka to Kanazawa or Toyama. Obviously it is more convenient, faster and comfortable.


View Limited Express Shirasagi in a larger map

Stations

Station to Kanazawa/
Toyama/Uozu
to
Wakura-Onsen
Remarks
Nagoya (名古屋) x x Connect to Shinkansen
Owari-Ichinomiya (尾張一宮) x x
Gifu (岐阜) x x
Ogaki (大垣) * *
Maibara (米原) * * Connect to Shinkansen
Nagahama (長浜) * * Some of Shirasagi stop
Tsuruga (敦賀) * *
Takefu (武生) * *
Sabae (鯖江) * *
Fukui (福井) x x
Awara-Onsen (芦原温泉) * *
Daishoji (大聖寺) * * Some of Shirasagi to Nagoya/Maibara stop
Kaga-Onsen (加賀温泉) * *
Komatsu (小松) * *
Matto (松任) * * Some of Shirasagi stop
Kanazawa (金沢) x x

x:All trains stop *:some trains stop

Accommodation

Shirasagi is serviced by 683 series. This train is the standard fleet for the express train on Hokuriku line. The other express trains on Hokuriku line, such as Thunderbird and Hakutaka, are operated by same type of fleet.

The seat pitch in Green seat is 1160mm. It is the standard of most JR trains. The seat configuration is 2+1. It has spacious and nice holding. It is quite good seat. The seat pitch in Ordinary seat is 970mm. It is a bit bigger than the standard. The front row seats have a big table and a power outlet. If you want to use your laptop or charge your batteries, try to secure these seats.

*Sonic Rail Garden has copyright for all images of accommodations below.

Train formation

1 2 3 4 5 6
G R R R NR NR

*G=Green seat R=Reserved seat NR=Non reserved seat
Smoking is not allowed on these trains.

Images

Green seat
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Ordinary seat
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Sanitary space
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Entrance deck and common space

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79 thoughts on “Direct transfer to Kanazawa from Nagoya, Limited Express Shirasagi”

  1. Hi there,
    Am planning to go to Takayama from Nagoya in the morning of 28 May n back Nagoya from Kanazawa on 30 May.
    Q1: Can I purchase both tickets online in advance?
    Q2: Which link should I do the ticket purchading?
    Q3: How long does it takes for these 2 trip?

    Thanks in advance as this is my first time in Nagoya.

    1. Hi Leo,

      Unfortunately you cannot book a ticket online in advance. You have to book and purchase it at the station after you arrive in Nagoya.
      Trip time is 2.5 hours for Nagoya to Takayama, 2.5 to 3 hours for Kanazawa to Nagoya. But trip time is varied by connection time. Please use hyperdia to find exact trip time.
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/basic-informations/timetable-and-reservation/hyperdia-perfect-guide-train-timetable-and-route-search-engine.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Good evening, I will travelling to Nagoya from Kanazawa on May. As long as I understood, the route will be asf : from Kanazawa by Shirasagi, transfer to Maibara (track #7) followed by Shinkansen Hikari (track # 12) to Nagoya..is it right ? Will stop for Nabana no sato at Nagoya before continue to Osaka..From Nagoya to Osaka by JR Tokaido Shinkansen, right ? Pls advise the platform..How long from Nagoya to Osaka ? This is my first trip using this route to Osaka..So, I want to make everything clear before the trip begin..looking forward to your advise..thank you.

  3. Hi Takeshi-san,

    Me and my family will be visiting japan for the 1st time. 5 adults and 1 child. We will be arriving at Nagoya station on the 14th and is planning to go to kanazawa on the 15th. Can you please tell me what JR line we need to ride from nagoya to kanazawa? We have a JR pass. Thanks!

  4. Hi Takeshi-san,

    My family and I will be traveling from Kanazawa to Nagoya in February 2018. I have checked Hyperdia and it showed that I need to do transfer in Maibara Station. However, there is no information about which track we will be arriving and departing. We need to transfer from LTD. EXP SHIRASAGI to SHINKANSEN HIKARI and only have 13 mins. I am a little worried whether we have enough time to move from one track to another because we have 8 people and with baggage.
    Please advice.

    Regards,
    Jae

  5. Hi Takeshi,
    Is it possible for me to go Kanazawa directly from Nagoya station using Takayama Hokuriku JR pass?
    Can I also take unlimited bus ride using Kaetsuno or Nohi Bus to Shirakawa-go /Gokoyama from Kanazawa?
    Or I still need to pay everytime I hop in the bus?

    Regards,
    Jessie

    1. Hi Jessie,

      Unfortunately you cannot get Kanazawa directly by Takayama Hokuriku area pass. You need to take Nagoya-Takayama-Toyama-Kanazawa route.
      You can take Nohi bus and Kaetsuno bus as many as you want.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Hi

        Is it possible to top up (pay additional) to go Kanazawa directly from Nagoya station using Takayama Hokuriku JR pass?

        1. Hi Ong,

          You have to pay for Gifu to Tsuruga which is outside coverage area. If you take Limited Express Shirasagi for Nagoya to Kanazawa, Takayama Hokuriku area pass covers Nagoya to Gifu and Tsuruga to Kanazawa. You have to pay about 3500 yen which is a base fare and limited express reserved seat fee.

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

  6. Good evening,
    This summer I’m going to Japan. I’m going to land in Nagoya on July 26 and I have to go to Kanazawa station on the morning of July 30th. My questions is:
    – How do I go from Nagoya to Kanazawa without using the JR PASS?
    – Can I take a train or a bus without the JR PASS?
    – Do I have to buy tickets on site or can I book them online?

    1. Hi Mouna,

      – How do I go from Nagoya to Kanazawa without using the JR PASS?
      You can take limited express Shirasagi from Nagoya as you saw the post above.

      – Can I take a train or a bus without the JR PASS?
      Of course you can.

      – Do I have to buy tickets on site or can I book them online?
      You can purchase a ticket at the window in most of JR stations. You cannot purchase it online. Please see the link below:
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/basic-informations/timetable-and-reservation/how-to-reserve-seat.html

      You can find the fare and schedule at Hyperdia:
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/basic-informations/timetable-and-reservation/hyperdia-perfect-guide-train-timetable-and-route-search-engine.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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