Located in the central part of the mainland of Japan, Kanazawa is the prefectural capital of Ishikawa Prefecture. The southeast area of the city faces the mountains and the northwest area faces the Sea of Japan. The main city area is located between the Saigawa River and the Asanogawa River. Kanazawa Castle Park and Kenrokuen Garden (one of the three greatest gardens in Japan) are located in the center of the city, and they are surrounded by several shopping districts (Korinbo, Kata-machi, Musashi, and Kanazawa Station).
Moreover, Kanazawa is a leading tourist city where 8 million tourists visit every year. It was a great castle town ruled by an influential leader from the 17th century to the second half of the 19th century. Kanazawa has not suffered from any war devastation or big natural disasters. Thus, Kanazawa has maintained rows of historical houses and various traditional handicrafts and traditional performing arts.
The Hokuriku Shinkansen (a high-speed railway line) that started operation on March 14, 2015 connects Tokyo and Kanazawa in 2.5 hours, operating 10 services daily.
The nearest international airport for Kanazawa is Komatsu (KMQ). Komatsu is connected to Tokyo Haneda Airport by 12 flights daily. And there are direct flights from Shanghai, Seoul and Taipei.
Shuttle buses leave from Komatsu airport to Kanazawa Downtown. (It takes about 40 min.)
|Tokyo (Narita)||1h 15min||1 flight/ day|
|Tokyo (Haneda)||1h||12 flights/ day|
|Soul||2h||3 flights/week (Wed. /Fri. /Sun.)|
|Shanghai||2h 30min||4 flights/week (Mon./ Thu. /Fri. /Sun.)|
|Taipei||2h 50min||1 flight/ day|
Kanazawa Bunka Hall.
15-1, Takaoka-machi, Kanazawa, 920-0864, Japan
Map of Kanazawa
Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO)
Kanazawa Convention Bureau