Ever since March 2015, when the Hokuriku Shinkansen started running, the city of Kanazawa has been booming. Kanazawa Station serves as the main entrance to the city.


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Most of the city’s buses stop at the bus terminal on the east side. Large charter buses stop on the west side. The east side is covered with a glass dome in the shape of a Japanese-style drum. This design keeps the Kanazawa rain and snow off of our guests.

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It looks a little like a samurai helmet, don’t you think?

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Our tallest building is the ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel on the east side.

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Inside the station building, there’s a big tourist welcome center with brochures for everything.  Many of the employees speak foreign languages, so be sure to stop by before you start your trip.

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Across from the tourist center is the Shinkansen entrance. A little further down is the entrance for the regular trains.

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There’s also a shopping area called “Anto” (short for “An’yato,” which means “thank you” in Kanazawa dialect), which has a wide selection of Kanazawa “omiyage” and gifts.

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The shops carry a wide selection, from candy, handicrafts, and lunch to products made of solid gold. The aisles are wide, so you can bring your pull-along suitcase.

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Right outside the Shinkansen exit, there’s a collection of fashion shops called “Rinto.” There’s no single department store in Kanazawa Station, but there’s a wide variety of shops. The first floor is the main part of the station. There’s a drugstore and a small supermarket on the second floor. The third floor has several places for food and drinks.

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The JR Green Service Center is next to the Shinkansen entrance.