Shirakawa-gō is becoming very popular tourists spots among foreign tourists nowdays.
Here is a brief explanation about Shirakawa-gō on Wikipedia for those who do not know it.
Shirakawa (白川村 Shirakawa-mura?) is a village located in Gifu Prefecture, Japan. It is best known for being the site of Shirakawa-gō, a small, traditional village showcasing a building style known as gasshō-zukuri.
In spite of the popularity, it is quite difficult to get there especially for foreigners. So I try to explain how to get to Shirakawa-gō as easy as possible.
Here are the 2 ways to go to Shirakawa-gō from Kanazawa.
1, Direct bus to Shirakawa-gō from Kanazawa bus terminal
It is 77km between Kanazawa and Shirakawa-gō and it takes 1 hour 15 minutes by bus.
From Kanazawa east exit (Kenrokuen exit) bus terminal, Nohi and Hokutetsu bus company operate direct buses to Shirakawa-gō everyday.
The buses leave at 8:10, 8:40, 9:05, 10:50, 12:45, 13:15, 14:40, 16:00. (The return bus for Kanazawa leave at 8:50, 10:25, 10:50, 12:25, 13:50, 15:20, 16:25 and 17:30.)
The fare to Shirakawa-gō is 1,850 JPY for one way and 3,290 JPY for round trip. You can buy tickets on the counter of Hokutetsu ticket counter in Kanazawa station or call to Hokutetsu Bus reservation center at 076-234-0123 or Nohi Bus reservation center at 0577- 32-1688.
Reservations are accepted from a month before departure.
2, Use Kaetsunou Bus via Takaoka (or Shin Takaoka) station
As the direct buses to Shirakawa-gō from Kanazawa has a tendency to be fully booked, there is an alternative way.
From Takaoka (or Shin Takaoka) station in Toyama prefecture there is Kaetsunou bus going to Shirakawa-gō everyday.
The buses leave at 8:10, 9:30, 11:00, 13:00 and 16:00 from Takaoka station and at 8:25, 9:45, 11:15, 13:15 and 16:15 from Shin Takaoka station. (The return bus for Takaoka station leave at 7:00, 9:30, 11:35, 13:50, 14:50 and 16:00.
Notes Takaoka station and Shin Takaoka station are the different station. Takaoka station is accessible by JR local train (Non-express) and Shin Takaoka station is accessible by only JR Shinkansen (Bullet train) from Kanazawa.
The fare to Shirakawa-gō is 1,800 JPY for one way. You can buy tickets on the counter of Kaetsunou ticket center in Takaoka station, and no reservations are required.
Kaetsunou Bus (Japanese only): http://www.kaetsunou.co.jp/regular/sekaiisan/
We are happy to book your tickets!
We are a backpackers hostel in Kanazawa just 2 minutes walk to the bus terminal for Shirakawa-gō. We are happy to assist your trip by booking your bus ticket if you book us!!