Kanazawa Station
金沢駅
The Tsuzumi ("drum") Gate at JR Kanazawa Station East entrance
Location
Prefecture Ishikawa
(See other stations in Ishikawa)
City Kanazawa
Neighborhood 1-1 Kinoshimbo-machi
Postal code 920-0858
Address in Japanese 石川県金沢市木ノ新保町1-1
History
Opened 1898
Rail services
Operator(s) JR West
Hokuriku Railroad
IR Ishikawa Railway
Line(s) Hokuriku Shinkansen, Hokuriku Main Line
Asanogawa Line
IR Ishikawa Railway Line
Bus Major bus terminal(s) attached to the station

Kanazawa Station (金沢駅 Kanazawa-eki) is a major railway station in Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan, operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West), the private railway operator Hokuriku Railroad, and the third-sector operator IR Ishikawa Railway.

Beneath a square in front of the JR station is Hokutetsu-Kanazawa Station, the terminal of the Hokuriku Railroad Asanogawa Line.

Lines

Station layout

The JR tracks and platforms

JR platforms

JR Kanazawa Station is elevated above street level, featuring three island platforms with one cut-out platform(for Track 4) on the Up (Toyama) side of the middle island platform, serving seven tracks in total. A large roof covers the station building, in order to prevent train stoppages due to accumulated snow within the station.

The Hokuriku Shinkansen platforms are adjacent to the east exit, between the Motenashi Dome and the conventional tracks. The shinkansen station has two island platforms serving four tracks. At the time of its opening, it will be the terminus of the line, although, long-term plans call for the route to be extended first to Tsuruga, and eventually to Osaka.

1 Hokuriku Main Line (Up) Local for Komatsu, Fukui
Limited Express Raichō
Sleeper Limited Express Nihonkai
for Fukui, Tsuruga, Kyoto, Osaka
Limited Express Shirasagi for Fukui, Tsuruga, Maibara, Nagoya
2 Hokuriku Main Line (Up) Local for Komatsu, Fukui
Limited Express Raichō, Thunderbird for Fukui, Tsuruga, Kyoto, Osaka
Limited Express Shirasagi for Fukui, Maibara, Nagoya
3 Hokuriku Main Line (Up) Local for Komatsu, Fukui
Limited Express Raichō for Fukui, Tsuruga, Kyoto, Osaka
Limited Express Shirasagi for Fukui, Maibara, Nagoya
Nanao Line Local for Hakui, Nanao, Wakuraonsen
4 Nanao Line Local for Hakui, Nanao, Wakuraonsen
Hokuriku Main Line (Down) Local (Ainokaze Toyama Railway Line, IR Ishikawa Railway Line) for Takaoka, Toyama
5 Hokuriku Main Line (Up) Local
Limited Express Oyasumi Express (operated by JR West)
for Komatsu, Fukui
(Down) Local (Ainokaze Toyama Railway Line, IR Ishikawa Railway Line) for Takaoka, Toyama
Overnight Express Noto (operated by JR West) for Takasaki, Ōmiya, Ueno
Nanao Line Local for Hakui, Nanao, Wakuraonsen
6 Hokuriku Main Line (Down) Local (Ainokaze Toyama Railway Line, IR Ishikawa Railway Line) for Takaoka, Toyama
Nanao Line Local for Hakui, Nanao, Wakuraonsen
7 Hokuriku Main Line (Down) Local (Ainokaze Toyama Railway Line, IR Ishikawa Railway Line)
Limited Express Thunderbird (operated by JR West)
Limited Express Shirasagi (operated by JR West)
Limited Express Ohayō Express (operated by JR West)
for Takaoka, Toyama
Sleeper Limited Express Nihonkai (operated by JR West) for Sakata, Akita, Aomori
Nanao Line Local Rapid Service
Limited Express Thunderbird
Limited Express Shirasagi
for Hakui, Nanao, Wakuraonsen
11-14  Hokuriku Shinkansen for Toyama, Nagano, and Tokyo


The departure melody used on the Hokuriku Shinkansen platforms was composed by songwriter and producer Yasutaka Nakata, who was born in Kanazawa.[1]

Hokutetsu platforms

The platforms for the Hokutetsu Asanogawa Line are located underground, below the JR West platforms.

1-2  Hokutetsu Asanogawa Line for Uchinada

Adjacent stations

« Service »
Hokuriku Shinkansen
Toyama   Kagayaki   Terminus
Shin-Takaoka   Hakutaka   Terminus
Shin-Takaoka   Tsurugi   Terminus
Hokuriku Main Line
Terminus   Rapid   Terminus
Nishi-Kanazawa   Local   Terminus
IR Ishikawa Railway Line
Terminus Local Higashi-Kanazawa
Hokutetsu Asanogawa Line
Terminus Local Nanatsuya

History

The station opened on 1 April 1898.[2] With the privatization of JNR on 1 April 1987, the station came under the control of JR West.[3]

From 14 March 2015, with the opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen extension from Nagano, local passenger operations over sections of the Hokuriku Main Line running roughly parallel to the new shinkansen line were reassigned to different third-sector railway operating companies.[4] From this date, Kanazawa Station will become the western terminus of the IR Ishikawa Railway Line of Ishikawa Prefecture.[4]

Surrounding area

JR Kanazawa Station East entrance

East exit

  • Kanazawa Station Bus Terminal
  • Kanazawa Miyako Hotel
  • Hotel Nikko Kanazawa
  • Kanazawa Art Hall
  • ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa
  • Ishikawa Ongakudō

West exit

  • JR Kanazawa Station West Building
    • Via Inn Kanazawa
  • Kanazawa Manten Hotel
  • Kanazawa Water and Energy Center

Bus services

East Exit

Gate 6

Gate 1

Gate 2

  • Hokutetsu Highway Bus (Services are operated by Hokutetsu Bus and local companies from the destination areas.)
    • For Tokyo (operated by Hokutetsu Bus and Nishi Tokyo Bus)
    • For Yokohama and Fujisawa (operated by Hokutetsu Bus and Enoden Bus)
    • For Nagoya (operated by Hokutetsu Bus and Meitetsu Bus, JR Tokai Bus, and West JR Bus)
    • For Osaka (operated by Hokutetsu Bus and Hankyu bus)
    • For Sendai (operated by Hokutetsu Bus and Miyagi Kotsu)
    • For Niigata (operated by Hokutetsu Bus and Niigata Kotsu)
    • For Toyama (operated by Hokutetsu Bus and Toyama Chihō Railway)
  • Nippon Chuo Bus[5]
    • For Tokyo

Gate 3

Gate 4

Gate 5

  • Machi Bus for Central Kanazawa (operated by West JR Bus)
  • West JR Highway Bus (Some buses are operated by other operators)
    • Dream Kanazawa for Tokyo (operated with JR Bus Kanto )
    • Kanazawa Express for Tokyo (operated with JR Bus Kanto and Seibu Bus)
    • For Nagoya (daytime) (operated with JR Tokai Bus)
    • Hokuriku Dream Nagoya for Nagoya (night-time) (operated with JR Tokai Bus)
    • For Osaka (daytime)
    • For Osaka (via Fukui Station)
    • For Osaka (night-time)
    • For Toyama

Gate 6

Gate 7

A route 20 bus

Gate 8

Gate 9

Gate 10

Gate 11

West Exit

Gate 1

Gate 2

  • Hokutetsu Bus Routes 52 and 57

Gate 3

  • Hokutetsu Bus Komatsu Airport Bus[6]

Gate 4

Gate 5

Gate 6

  • Hokutetsu Bus

Gate 7

  • West JR Bus

Gate 8

  • West JR Bus

References

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  5. ^ Nippon Chuo Bus official website (Japanese)
  6. ^ Hokutetsu Timetable

External links

  • Kanazawa Station (JR West official page) (Japanese)