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.
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.
It looks a little like a samurai helmet, don’t you think?
Our tallest building is the ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel on the east side.
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.
Across from the tourist center is the Shinkansen entrance. A little further down is the entrance for the regular trains.
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.
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.
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.
The JR Green Service Center is next to the Shinkansen entrance.