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Weekend trip! Tojinbo, Eiheiji, Kanazawa 2 days 1 night (using Hokuriku Shinkansen & regular sightseeing bus) 

2 days 1 night
【For first-time visitors to Kanazawa and Fukui】 【For those who are coming on weekends】 【For those who wish to use public transportation】

This course includes a round-trip Hokuriku Shinkansen train to Kanazawa, and a regular sightseeing bus tour of Fukui departing from and arriving at Kanazawa.

Tojinbo and Eiheiji, popular sightseeing spots in Fukui, are best visited by car because they are located far from each other.

However, the regular sightseeing buses make it possible for those who do not have access to a car to tour the area efficiently.

Kanazawa's sightseeing spots are all within a 2-kilometer radius, allowing for a compact sightseeing tour on foot or by bus.


●"Use of public transportation"

●"precipitous cliff", "World-class topography" Tojinbo

●"Zen" A Zen sanctuary that Apple founder Steve Jobs admired, Eiheiji

●"Existing castle tower" One of the 12 remaining existing castle towers in Japan, Maruoka-castle

●"Top 100 Cities in Japan" Maruoka-castle

●"The best market in Hokuriku" The sight of 170 stores in a row is breathtaking, Ohmicho market

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For sightseeing in Fukui, we introduce a model course using the regular sightseeing bus "Echizen Meguri Bus" (March 16, 2024.-December 15, 2024, operated on weekends and holidays) provided by Nishinippon JR Bus.

Weekend trip! Tojinbo, Eiheiji, Kanazawa 2 days 1 night (using Hokuriku Shinkansen & regular sightseeing bus) 
Day 1

8:11 Hokuriku Shinkansen (Kagayaki 505) from Tokyo Station
Arrive Kanazawa Station 10:46

8:10 JR Hokuriku Line (Thunderbird No. 7) from Osaka Station
Tsuruga Station 9:37
9:46 Hokuriku Shinkansen (Tsurugi No. 8)
Arrive Kanazawa Station 10:43   

Same-day baggage delivery service to hotels

【Hands free travel】Baggage Delivery Service

This is a fee-based service in which you can leave your baggage at Kanazawa Station and it will be delivered to the hotel ryokan where you will be staying on the same day.

Want to go sightseeing as soon as you arrive at Kanazawa Station! Recommended for those who have a lot of luggage for the trip.

The service counter is located at the Kanazawa Station Tourist Information Center.

Delivery area: Kanazawa City, Noto area, hot springs in Kaga area, and hotels and inns in Awara City, Fukui Prefecture.

Same-day baggage delivery service to hotels
Kanazawa Station (boarding)
 ↓Walk (about 30 minutes) or take a local bus or Kanazawa Shuttle Bus (clockwise route) from Kanazawa Station East Exit (Kenrokuen Exit)
Get off at Hashiba-cho bus stop.

Ohmicho Market

Discover Kanazawa’s most famous fish market

Established during the Edo Period, Omicho Market has formed an essential part of Kanazawa’s food culture for more than 300 years.

 The sprawling market features more than 170 stores, including a large number of fishmongers that sell freshly caught seafood from the Sea of Japan. There are also fruit and vegetables stores that sell unique local produce, marine product stores, clothing stores, grocery stores and restaurants.

Particularly well-revered are the crab, yellowtail and shrimp from the Sea of Japan that are sold around November. Because of this, the market is normally crowded with tourists and locals alike during this time of year.

Another key attraction of the market is Omicho Ichibakan. The refurbished building features a number of popular restaurants and stores that are worth stopping by during your trip to the market.

Ohmicho Market
Musashiga-tsuji, Ohmicho Market
 ↓Walk (about 15-20 minutes)
 ↓Bus Use bus route (about 5 min.)
 5 minutes walk from Hashiba-cho bus stop to Higashi Chaya district

Higashi Chaya District

Stroll through the Higashi Chaya district, a preservation district of traditional buildings (13:00-14:00)

One of the teahouse districts representing Kanazawa culture.

It is the perfect spot for taking photogenic photos with a Japanese flair. Many tourists renting kimonos are seen taking pictures with the traditional townscape in the background.

In addition, prestigious kappo restaurants, fashionable machiya cafes, and select stores selling traditional crafts line the streets, offering Kanazawa's unique gourmet and shopping experience.

It is also famous as the setting of "Toki no haka" by writer Hiroyuki Itsuki.

The old townscape, which attracts many foreign tourists and is full of emotion, has been selected as a national Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings.

Higashi Chaya District
Bus stop "Hashiba-cho"
 ↓ Take a local bus or Kanazawa Shuttle Bus to Kenrokuen and Kanazawa Castle (5 min.)
Get off at the bus stop "Kenrokuen-shita/Kanazawa Castle"

Kenrokuen Garden

A Beautiful and Famous Garden in the Heart of Kanazawa

Considered one of Japan’s three most beautiful gardens, Kenrokuen Garden is a must-visit location in Kanazawa. The name Kenrokuen means “having six factors”, representing the attributes which bring out the garden’s stunning beauty: spaciousness, tranquility, artifice, antiquity, water sources and magnificent views.The garden has an area of 11.4 hectares and is located on the heights of the central part of Kanazawa next to Kanazawa Castle. The Maeda family, who ruled the Kaga Domain (the present Ishikawa and Toyama areas) in feudal times, maintained the garden from generation to generation. It is regarded as one of the most beautiful feudal lords' gardens in Japan.

One of Kenrokuen Garden’s most stunning attractions is its large artificial pond called Kasumigaike. Located near the center of the pond is Horai Island. The pond is often seen to symbolize the sea and Horai Island a sacred island out at sea, on which an ageless hermit with miraculous power was believed to live. As a result, the pond and the island were constructed to symbolize long life and eternal prosperity for the lord.

There are many other gorgeous features to enjoy in the garden, including the flowers and trees that grow there, such as plum and cherry blossoms in spring, azaleas and irises early in summer, and colorful red and yellow leaves in autumn. 

In Winter, visitors can enjoy the snow-covered landscapes with yukitsuri (which means “snow hanging”). yukitsuri is a traditional technique for protecting the branches of the pine trees in the garden from heavy snow; trees are given support by bamboo poles and rope arranged a captivating conical layout.

Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden (Mayumizaka Exit)
 ↓ 5 min. walk
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa 

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

A hub for contemporary art in Kanazawa

Opened in 2004, the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa stands out compared to more traditional art museums. The museum features a captivating disc-like design, as if it were a UFO touching down in the middle of Kanazawa. All the walls are made of glass and the building features five gates, all pointing towards different parts of the city.

The museum exhibits experimental contemporary art that visitors can touch or sit on and is perfect for children and adults alike. Some of museum’s highlights include commissioned works, which are integrated into the building’s unique design.

The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art excels at offering visitors unique experiences that can’t be found anywhere else. Highlights include Leandro Erlich's The Swimming Pool, which enables visitors to feel as if they’re standing at the bottom of a swimming pool, and a wall decorated with flowers gathered from the suburbs of Kanazawa.

Additionally, the museum's shop offers a wide variety of products, such as museum memorabilia, accessories, and selected goods.

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
 ↓ 15 min. walk
Ruins of Naga-machi Buke Yashiki

Nagamachi District

Stroll around Nagamachi District (17:45-18:15)

Stores close in the evening, but the area around the nagamachi District from dusk to night is also very photogenic.

Nagamachi District
After strolling, dinner and back to hotel

【Day 2】"Echizen Meguri Bus," a regular sightseeing bus that departs from and arrives at Kanazawa

Take the "Echizen Meguri Bus," a regular sightseeing bus operated by Nishinippon JR Bus (available on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from 2024.3/16 to 12/15), and tour the sights of Fukui in comfort!

9:20 Depart from Kanazawa Station East Exit (Kenrokuen Exit)

             ↓Stopover at Kaga Onsen Station and Echizen Railway Awara Hot Spring Town Station on the way.

11:30~12:50 Tojinbo


13:30~14:30 Maruoka Castle (one of the 12 existing castles)


15:00-16:20 Eiheiji Temple

       ↓ Stop at Awara Onsen Station and Awara Yunomachi Station of Echizen Railway on the way.

  Arrive at Kanazawa Station around 18:35

【Day 2】"Echizen Meguri Bus," a regular sightseeing bus that departs from and arrives at Kanazawa
  • Ohmicho Market
  • Higashi Chaya District
  • Kenrokuen Garden
  • 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
  • Nagamachi District
  • 【Day 2】"Echizen Meguri Bus," a regular sightseeing bus that departs from and arrives at Kanazawa


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