Train Tickets from Kyoto to Kanazawa

25 Number
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$47 Our best
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Kyoto, which lies on the renowned "golden route" and is home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is a must-visit location for tourists to Japan. Only a few destinations in the world have the ability to astonish tourists the way that Kyoto does. Some streets, when compared to more modern architecture only one street away, seem to be frozen in time. Furthermore, Kyoto is much more than just its capital city, because Kyoto Prefecture as a whole has a lot to offer. Visit Ine Fishing Village on the shore for a day trip to discover a side of Kyoto that many people might not visit!

Referred to as a “Mini-Kyoto,” Kanazawa is the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture in Hokuriku. With parts of the city, like the Higashicha-ya tea district, remaining intact from previous centuries, the city was essentially unaffected by the last World War. However, Kanazawa is far from being a “watered-down alternative” to Kyoto; rather, it is an incredible getaway in and of itself with a unique food culture, handcrafted goods, and quaint environment.

Advantages of taking the train from Kyoto to Kanazawa

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Covering the distance of 210km between Kyoto and Kanazawa in a little under 2 hours, Shinkansen bullet trains are one of the fastest ways to reach your destination, relaxed and worry-free.

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Comfortable seats, plenty of space to relax your legs, regularly cleaned carriages, and peace and quiet for a relaxing journey. 

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With hundreds of departures per day and an average delay per train estimated at 24 seconds, the Shinkansen is very reliable. 

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Your Kyoto to Kanazawa itinerary corresponds to 7kg of CO2 emissions by Shinkansen, compared to 53kg by plane on the same journey. Traveling by train is 8 times more eco-responsible than flying!

How to book your Kyoto to Kanazawa train tickets

Pick your time, date, and seat

You can book up to 9 months prior to your travel date.

Confirm and purchase

Order your train ticket securely online.

Receive your QR code

Get your QR code by email 1 before departure.

Exchange and enjoy

Follow the instructions received on how to exchange your QR code and enjoy your ride.


How to get to Kyoto Station

Conveniently connected to multiple local public transit lines in and around Kyoto run by JR or Kintetsu, the regional train operator in the Kansai region, Kyoto Station is located in the center of the old Japanese capital. Kyoto Station is further served by the Karasuma metro line. Kyoto Station is the hub of the city's vast bus system, making it simple to get to the station from anywhere in the city.

Where to go from Kanazawa Station

Situated in the heart of Ishikawa Prefecture, Kanazawa Station provides major service to the capital city. Commercial attractions like the Forus Mall next door and several hotels surround the neighborhood. The well-known Omicho Market, dubbed the "kitchen of Kanazawa," is conveniently located just south of the station. Buses leave from the north side of the station and travel to most parts of Kanazawa. Bullet trains travel to and from Tokyo Station, which serves as the Hokuriku Shinkansen terminal station. In March 2024, the Hokuriku Shinkansen was extended to Tsuruga in Fukui Prefecture, allowing for more destinations to be reached via bullet train. 


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How far in advance can I book train tickets?

You can book train tickets in Japan between 9 months prior to your train's departure date and 3 days before departure. 

Is there a special train ticket fare for children?

Yes, there are special fares applicable for children. Ages 12 and up are considered adults, but kids aged from 6 to 11 benefit from a reduced fare. Children under the age of 6 travel for free and do not need to book a seat. This free fare is limited to 2 tickets, meaning any additional child under 6 will then pay the classic child fare and will have to book a seat. 

Where to exchange your train tickets in Japan depending on the region

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In the JR West area (blue), you can exchange your QR code for a physical train ticket at reserved seat ticket machines in stations, or at Midori-no-Madoguchi ticket windows with station staff. In the JR Central area (orange), you can exchange your QR code at reserved seat ticket vending machines at indicated stations. In the JR East area (green), you can exchange your train tickets at Shinkansen stations, major stations in the Tokyo metropolitan area, and Narita Airport stations. 

How to use your train tickets in Japan 

To use your train tickets once you have exchanged them, simply head to Kyoto Station, insert your train ticket into the automatic gates (don't forget to take it back), and head to the right platform to hop on your train. On board the train, find the seat number that is on your ticket if you have a seat reservation, and enjoy the ride! Once you've arrived in Himeji, insert the ticket again at the gates upon exiting Himeji Station, and the city is now yours to explore. 

Modification and Cancellation

Order cancellation

Customers have up to 3 working days prior to their departure date to cancel their train ticket orders as long as they have not scanned the corresponding QR code and exchanged for their physical train tickets. A 15% cancellation fee will be charged, and the QR code will be instantly deactivated upon order cancellation. Cancellation of only a portion of the booking is not possible. 

For train ticket orders that have already had the corresponding QR code scanned and where the tickets have been received, or orders in less than 3 working days before departure, orders may be canceled at JR Station offices in the departure city up to 10 minutes before your train departure, where a refund will be issued with a 5%-10% cancellation fee, depending on the station and office. This refund will be made in cash in Japanese yen. 

Cancellation cannot be done at ticket machines. Please note JR Central offices can only cancel routes running through JR Central lines. 

Past the day and time of departure, refunds cannot be issued, regardless if the corresponding QR code has been used or not, and regardless if customers have received their physical tickets or not. Note that however, if you missed the departure train of the time, you can still board the next trains within 1 hour, in non-reserved seats.

These cancellation conditions still apply after one modification, according to the modification conditions below.

Delays of less than two hours are not reimbursed. If the delay prevents you from boarding your next connecting train, you can change at the connecting station office free of charge.

If delayed for more than two hours, express fares and charges will be refunded at all JR stations (excluding handling fees, Green Car fares and Gran Class fares).

Order modification 

If you want to modify:

  • Departure time on the same day OR seat for another seat except luggage seat:

Japan Experience can modify one time, free of charge, your booking if the corresponding QR code has not been used AND if it is NOT within 3 working days of the departure date

You will then be sent a new QR code to use at JR stations to exchange for your new tickets.

Otherwise, you will need to go to JR station machines to exchange your QR code to receive your tickets and then change the departure time at the same machine up to 10 minutes prior to your train departure.

You cannot modify the same ticket twice. For the second modification, the order will need to be canceled (check cancellation conditions) and then re-ordered with the new travel information.

  • Departure date, route, seat for luggage seat, number of seats in the booking: 

Japan Experience cannot modify your booking. You will need to go to JR station machines to exchange QR code to receive your tickets and change time at the same machine up to 10 minutes prior to departure. There may be a difference in fare to be paid on the spot.

You cannot modify the same ticket twice. For the second modification, the order will need to be canceled (check cancellation conditions) and then re-ordered with the new travel information. 

  • If you have made a mistake in your departure date or number of seats, you have to make a new booking online. Japan Experience will allow you to cancel your previous order free of charge. Kindly note that modifications for the new issued tickets won't be possible.


All persons above the age of 12, with no restrictions of residence status or nationality, are eligible to purchase individual train tickets (unlike the Japan Rail Pass and some JR regional passes, for example). Japanese individuals as well as foreigners living in Japan can thus purchase train tickets online. Under the age of 12, the aforementioned child fare conditions apply. 

Validity of train tickets

Train tickets issued are only valid for the date and time indicated on your booking, and are to be used only on the Kyoto to Kanazawa route.

Frequently Asked Questions about Train Tickets in Japan