Although it is often compared to Kyoto, Kanazawa does not enjoy the same popularity as its big sister However if you can easily access Kanazawa, Chasing Places asserts that this city fondly called “Little Kyoto” is definitely worth visiting.
The good thing about traveling between Kanazawa and Kyoto is that they are well connected by public transport, even though they are not neighbors in the ‘geographical sense’ (about 190 kilometers away from each other).
As you probably already know Kyoto is the former capital of Japan, rich with historical and cultural sites. Therefore, this former famous capital is visited by millions of people every year. The crowd can be thick in Kyoto, and so if you’re not a fan of this busy atmosphere, Kanazawa might be a more precious travel gem.
Situated north of Kyoto, Kanazawa is more laidback, and feels more like a functioning Japanese city. It is small and compact, and some of its nice sites are situated in one area. You can easily spend a day or two here before moving on to your next destination.
The fastest way to get to Kyoto from Kanazawa and vice versa is to take the JR Limited Express. And did we mention that the journey is very scenic especially during wintertime, when you get to see the towering alpine mountains in the distance.
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to get from Kyoto to Kanazawa using the Japan Rail Pass:
1. Go to Kyoto JR Station. You can’t miss it because it’s in the center of the city.