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Hokuriku Shinkansen

Kyoto and Hokuriku will be closer! Hokuriku Shinkansen Line will be extended from Kanazawa to Tsuruga on March 16, 2024 (Saturday).

The Hokuriku Shinkansen line between Kanazawa and Tsuruga will be extended and opened on Saturday, March 16, 2024. The three Hokuriku prefectures of Fukui, Ishikawa, and Toyama will be connected by a single Shinkansen line, creating six new stations: Tsuruga, Echizen Takefu, Fukui, Ashiharaonsen, Kagaonsen, and Komatsu. The Shinkansen extension will make access to Hokuriku more convenient, reducing travel time by up to 22 minutes between Kyoto and Kanazawa and 30 minutes between Kyoto and Toyama.

Hokuriku Shinkansen

The 2nd floor ticket gate level of Tsuruga Station. The floating ceiling design is reminiscent of the sails of a Kitamae-ship, and after the opening of the Shinkansen, many passengers will pass through this spacious concourse.

The "Thunderbird" limited express train used to run directly from Kyoto to Kanazawa Station (and partly to Wakuraonsen Station), but after March 16 all trains will stop at Tsuruga Station, requiring a transfer at the same station. The station is designed so that passengers can smoothly transfer through the ticket gates on the second floor. The station building is equipped with 26 escalators and 6 elevators, making it safe for the elderly, children, and people with a lot of luggage.

Hokuriku Shinkansen

*Times required are for the fastest train. Fares are the total of fares and express fares for the Thunderbird limited express and the Hokuriku Shinkansen when connecting at Tsuruga Station (adult, reserved seat in a standard car, regular season). (The figures in parentheses ( ) show the time required and fare compared to the current system.

In the new schedule from March 16, all 25 round trips/day of the "Thunderbird" limited express trains will connect at Tsuruga Station to the Hokuriku Shinkansen "Tsurugi" trains departing from or arriving at Kanazawa or Toyama Stations. This will result in a significant time savings of up to 20 minutes or more, especially when heading to Kanazawa Station or Toyama Station beyond.

Fares including limited express fares (reserved seats) will be 5930 yen between Kyoto and Fukui and 7720 yen between Kyoto and Kanazawa, 230 to 900 yen higher than the current fare from Tsuruga to Kanazawa stations. On the other hand, the fare between Kyoto and Toyama will be 8,820 yen, 220 yen lower than the current fare.

Special tickets are also available for the more expensive sections, so take advantage of these discount tickets and enjoy a quick and comfortable ride on the Hokuriku Shinkansen to visit Hokuriku in spring.

Hokuriku Shinkansen

*Please note that the information contained herein is subject to change without notice.
*Since this site uses automatic translation, the translation may differ from the original Japanese content.


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