Kanazawa Station

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Kanazawa Station
金沢駅
131108 Kanazawa Station Kanazawa Ishikawa pref Japan01s5.jpg
The Tsuzumi ("drum") Gate at JR Kanazawa Station East entrance
Location
Prefecture Ishikawa
(See other stations in Ishikawa)
City Kanazawa
Neighborhood etc. 1-1 Kinoshimbo-machi
Postal code 920-0858
(in Japanese) 石川県金沢市木ノ新保町1-1
History
Year opened 1898
Rail services
Operator(s) JR West
Hokuriku Railroad
Line(s) Hokuriku Main Line
Asanogawa Line
Aiga bus inv.svg 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).

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

Lines[edit]

Station layout[edit]

The JR tracks and platforms

JR platforms[edit]

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.

While the Hokuriku Shinkansen extension to Kanazawa will not open until the end of fiscal 2014, the railbed and concourse level for the shinkansen station were constructed together with the elevated conventional station in the early 1990s. These are adjacent to the east exit, between the Motenashi Dome and the conventional tracks. Construction of the platforms and outer shell for the Shinkansen station is (as of mid-2012) now under way; when completed, it will have two island platforms serving four tracks. At the time of its opening, it will be the terminus of the line, with an expected transit time of two hours and thirty minutes to Tokyo (compared to four hours currently). However, long-term plans call for the route to be extended first to Tsuruga, and eventually, Osaka.

1 Hokuriku Main Line (Up) Local
Limited Express Hakutaka
for Komatsu, Fukui
Limited Express Raichō
Sleeper Limited Express Nihonkai
Sleeper Limited Express Twilight Express
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
Limited Express Hakutaka
for Hakui, Nanao, Wakuraonsen
4 Nanao Line Local for Hakui, Nanao, Wakuraonsen
Hokuriku Main Line (Down) Local for Takaoka, Toyama
5 Hokuriku Main Line (Up) Local
Limited Express Oyasumi Express
for Komatsu, Fukui
(Down) Local for Takaoka, Toyama
Limited Express Hakutaka for Naoetsu, Echigo-Yuzawa
Overnight Express Noto for Takasaki, Ōmiya, Ueno
Nanao Line Local for Hakui, Nanao, Wakuraonsen
6 Hokuriku Main Line (Down) Local for Takaoka, Toyama
Limited Express Hakutaka for Naoetsu, Echigo-Yuzawa
Limited Express Hokuetsu for Naoetsu, Nagaoka, Niigata
Sleeper Limited Express Hokuriku for Takasaki, Ōmiya, Ueno
Nanao Line Local for Hakui, Nanao, Wakuraonsen
7 Hokuriku Main Line (Down) Local
Limited Express Thunderbird
Limited Express Shirasagi
Limited Express Ohayō Express
for Takaoka, Toyama
Limited Express Hakutaka for Naoetsu, Echigo-Yuzawa
Limited Express Hokuetsu for Naoetsu, Nagaoka, Niigata
Sleeper Limited Express Nihonkai for Sakata, Akita, Aomori
Sleeper Limited Express Twilight Express for Sapporo
Nanao Line Local Rapid Service
Limited Express Thunderbird
Limited Express Shirasagi
for Hakui, Nanao, Wakuraonsen

Adjacent stations[edit]

« Service »
Hokuriku Main Line
Terminus   Rapid   Tsubata
Nishi-Kanazawa   Local   Higashi-Kanazawa
Hokutetsu Asanogawa Line
Terminus Local Nanatsuya

History[edit]

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

Future developments[edit]

In 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 will be reassigned to different third-sector railway operating companies.[3] From this date, Kanazawa Station will become the western terminus of the IR Ishikawa Railway Line of Ishikawa Prefecture.[3]

Surrounding area[edit]

JR Kanazawa Station East entrance

East exit[edit]

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

West exit[edit]

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

Bus services[edit]

East Exit[edit]

Gate 6

Gate 1[edit]

Gate 2[edit]

  • 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[4]
    • For Tokyo

Gate 3[edit]

Gate 4[edit]

Gate 5[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Gate 7[edit]

A route 20 bus

Gate 8[edit]

Gate 9[edit]

Gate 10[edit]

Gate 11[edit]

West Exit[edit]

Gate 1[edit]

Gate 2[edit]

  • Hokutetsu Bus Routes 52 and 57

Gate 3[edit]

  • Hokutetsu Bus Komatsu Airport Bus[5]

Gate 4[edit]

Gate 5[edit]

Gate 6[edit]

  • Hokutetsu Bus

Gate 7[edit]

  • West JR Bus

Gate 8[edit]

  • West JR Bus

References[edit]

  1. ^ 日本国有鉄道停車場一覧 [JNR Station Directory]. Japan: Japanese National Railways. 1985. p. 44. ISBN 4-533-00503-9. 
  2. ^ Ishino, Tetsu, ed. (1998). 停車場変遷大辞典 国鉄・JR編 [Station Transition Directory - JNR/JR] II. Japan: JTB. p. 137. ISBN 4-533-02980-9. 
  3. ^ a b "しなの鉄道(株)、えちごトキめき鉄道(株)、あいの風とやま鉄道(株)及びIRいしかわ鉄道(株)申請の第一種鉄道事業許可について" [Details of railway business approval for Shinano Railway, Echigo Tokimeki Railway Company, Ainokaze Toyama Railway, and IR Ishikawa Railway]. News release (in Japanese). Japan: Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. 26 February 2014. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Nippon Chuo Bus official website (Japanese)
  5. ^ Hokutetsu Timetable

External links[edit]


Coordinates: 36°34′42″N 136°38′52″E / 36.578269°N 136.647762°E / 36.578269; 136.647762