How to go from Kanazawa to Kyoto ?
Along the northern coast of Japan before heading south along Lake Biwa
Discover with your Japan Rail Pass the route between Kanazawa and Kyoto, it follows the northern coast of japan, before heading south along Lake Biwa. If you have time, make a stop at Fukui.
WITH A LIMITED express
0 KM - Kanazawa STATION
28KM - 0h16 - KOMATSUThe city that gave us the Komatsu multinational corporation, the world's largest producer of industrial equipment, founded in 1917.
59 km - 0h35 - AWARA ONSEN
Another hot spring town with many different types of accomodation, from traditionnal inns to modern hotels.
77 KM - 0H43 - FUKUIFukui City ( see below) is home to the only harp producer in Japan and if you head an hour by car to the east, you can find the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, the best in Japan.
96 km - 0h53 - TAKEFUA town that used to be the heart of cutlery production for Japan, there is still a large industry specialising in knife making.
131 km - 1h18 - Tsuruga
The last major junction before the train heads down the west shore of Lake Biwa. If you suddenly need to divert to Nagoya, here is where you should change. Most trains make no more stops until hitting Kyoto.
225 km - 2H13 - kyoto
Eiheiji Temple lies 19 km (12 miles) east of Fukui. Founded in 1244 the large complex of 70 buildings is spread out aver a hillside. It offers a rare glimpse of the daily practice of the monk in Zen training (daily 5 a.m. to 5 p.m., except during festivals and ceremonies, 500). To get to the temple, take the private Echizen Railway from outside the east exit of the JR Fukui Station. Take the train as far as Eiheiji-guchi ( 2/hour, 24 min, ¥ 450), then take the Keifuku bus to Eihei-ji (6-8/day, 15 min, ¥410)
1-24 Sanaicho, Fukui, 918-8002
Tel : 07-7636-3418 / www.hotel-suzuya.com
As its name suggests, a riverside ryokan with reasonable prices and enthusiastic staff.
HOTEL ROUTE INN FUKUI EKIMAE
2-1-14 Ote, Fukui, 910-0005
Tel : 07-7630-2130 / www.route-inn.co.jp/search/hotel/index_hotel_id_532
A well-rated hotel one minute from the station
From the west exit of Fukui Station, continue down Chuo O-dori, then turn right at the second traffic light onto Phoenix-dori. The restaurant is past the Shiyakushomae tram stop, on the left.
Open daily, from 6 p.m. until there are sold out, closed on either Sundays or Mondays
Tel : 07-7629-1551
A really popular and highly rated restaurant vry close to Fukui Station that serves homemade Japanese comfort food.
From the west exit of Fukui Station, continue down Chuo O-dori,then turn right at the second traffic light onto Phoenix-dori. The restaurant is on the left, just before the next main intersection of Sakura-dori.
Open 5 p.m to 11 p.m, closed Sundays
Tel : 07-7623-8914
If you are traveling to Fukui during the winter months, tasting locally caught crab is a must. Kappo Takeshi is famous for its crab and also for its off-season menu.