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Kanazawa, Ishikawa-ken, Japan

How much does it cost to travel to Kanazawa?

You should plan to spend around $106 (¥15,810) per day on your vacation in Kanazawa. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $33 (¥4,929) on meals
  • $9.55 (¥1,429) on local transportation
  • $131 (¥19,588) on hotels

A one week trip to Kanazawa for two people costs, on average, $1,480 (¥221,342). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Kanazawa cost?

A one week trip to Kanazawa usually costs around $740 (¥110,671) for one person and $1,480 (¥221,342) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Kanazawa on average costs around $1,480 (¥221,342) for one person and $2,960 (¥442,684) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Kanazawa will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Kanazawa on average costs around $3,172 (¥474,305) for one person and $6,343 (¥948,609) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Kanazawa has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Kanazawa expensive to visit?

Prices in Kanazawa are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within Asia, Kanazawa is a somewhat more expensive destination compared to other places. It is in the top 25% of cities in Asia for its travel costs. While some cities in the region are more expensive, Kanazawa is generally more expensive than most.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Kanazawa Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Kanazawa?

The average Kanazawa trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Kanazawa travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) ¥19,588 ($131)
Local Transportation 1 ¥1,429 ($10)
Food 2 ¥4,929 ($33)
Entertainment 1 ¥1,493 ($10)
Alcohol 2 ¥929 - 2,786 ($6 - 19)
Accommodation Budget in Kanazawa
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Kanazawa is $65 (¥9,794). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Kanazawa is $131 (¥19,588). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Kanazawa

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Kanazawa based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $105. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Kanazawa
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Kanazawa is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $9.55 (¥1,429) per person, per day, on local transportation in Kanazawa.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Flights to Kanazawa
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Rental Cars in Kanazawa
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Food Budget in Kanazawa
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Kanazawa can vary, the average cost of food in Kanazawa is $33 (¥4,929) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Kanazawa should cost around $13 (¥1,971) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Kanazawa is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Kanazawa
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Kanazawa typically cost an average of $9.98 (¥1,493) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Kanazawa
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $12 (¥1,857) on alcoholic beverages in Kanazawa per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Kanazawa On a Budget
Kanazawa Kanazawa, Japan
An important city of the Edo-period, Kanazawa is a well preserved city from a time when samurai, merchants, geisha, and lords made up the core of its culture. Though it is often overlooked by foreigners, the city is a gem of Japanese tourism with a number of preserved historic districts, temples, regional handicrafts, art museums, and some of the best food to be had in Japan.
One of the most famous sights in Kanazawa is the Kenroku-en Garden. As the historic pleasure garden of the Maeda Lords, the place represents one of the peaks of Japanese strolling garden design. There are a number of beautiful streams and ponds as well as the Seisonkaku Villa, which, though only part remains, stands as an example of daimyo palace architecture. The Kanazawa Castle Site is another important location. Now a public space with a number of traditional buildings (dating back over 400 years), the site has been under reconstruction. It is located near the Nagamachi Samurai District (more on that under Neighborhoods).

Temples and shrines are also abundant throughout the city. The Ninja Temple, for example, is named so for its impressive array of defensive features like hidden tunnels, secret rooms, traps, and a labyrinth of corridors and staircases. Oyama Shrine is another important site, dedicated to the former local lord Maeda Toshiie. It is known for its unique gate with stained-glass windows that fuse elements of eastern and western cultures.
Throughout Kanazawa, there are a number of districts important to the city's history and culture. Some of these include the city's three Chaya (or teahouse) districts, where guests are entertained by geisha who perform song and dance at the Chaya restaurants. Higashi Chayagai (Eastern Chaya District), Nishi Chayagai (Western Chaya District) and Kazuemachi are Kanazawa's preserved Chaya districts. The Higashi Chaya District is the largest and most interesting of the three with two Chaya open to the public (Shima Teahouse and Kaikaro Teahouse), as well as many cafes and shops, including one that specializes in gold leaf. Nagamachi is another important district where the samurai used to live. One of the main attractions of the district is the centrally located Nomura-ke, a restored samurai residence displaying the lifestyle and artifacts of the era when samurai were prosperous. And then there is the Omicho Market, a network of covered streets lined by about 200 shops and stalls. In addition to fresh seafood and produce, there are many other items on sale from clothing to kitchen tools, as well as great places to have lunch just outside.

Kanazawa is a place to get lost in history and culture. Once you've explored the historic sites, gardens, temples and markets, there is yet more to be seen in the city's museums. If you want to take a step back into the modern world, visit the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art. One of Japan's most popular art museums, it exhibits works of acclaimed contemporary artists from Japan and all over the world. The D.T. Suzuki Museum is another popular attraction, commemorating the life and works of Suzuki Daisetz Teitaro, a prominent Buddhist philosopher. Other museums include Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, Morihachi Sweets Shop and Wooden Mold museum, and the Kanazawa Museum of Modern Literature.

Beyond all this, Kanazawa also holds annual festivals and events, like fireworks in the summer by the river bank. Others include the Asanogawa Riverside Garden Party amongst the cherry blossoms of April, as well as the Hyakuman-goku Festival held in the first weekend of June. The city's largest festival, it celebrates the entry of Lord Maeda Toshiie, founder of the Kaga Domain, into Kanazawa Castle in 1583 and the following 3 centuries of prosperity. Festivities include a Saturday parade, folk dancing competition, public tea ceremony, and a children's lantern parade.
Food and Dining
Kanazawa cuisine is renowned throughout Japan, especially the seafood, as the city lies in a spot where hot south and cold north currents meet in the Sea of Japan. Sushi, of course, is a popular item year round, while crab dishes like snow crab and kobako crab are staples in the winter. Jibuni is a local soy sauce-based dish that incorporates seasoned duck and vegetables, Kanazawa curry and rice is served with tonkatsu (breaded pork cutlet) and shredded cabbage, and Kabura-zushi is a kind of sushi cake made with cured yellowtail, carrots and seaweed between thin sliced turnips. As far as dessert goes, fuku-ume is a specialty for the New Year-with flavors and textures of thin rice wafer and red bean jam. It has a Japanese apricot shape as the fruit is a symbol for any favorable occasion. And of course, there is Japanese sake-an alcoholic beverage made from water and rice. Since Kanazawa is capital of the Ishikawa prefecture (known for its rice production), the city has a locally made selection known for its flavors and varieties.

In Japan, trains are one of the fastest and lowest cost means of transportation. Getting a Japan Rail Pass can save you money if you plan to stay for several days or more. Regional and nation-wide passes are available, usually for the number of days of your choice.

The airport serving Kanazawa is in the city of Komatsu. JAL and ANA operate several flights per day between Tokyo's Haneda Airport and Komatsu Airport, taking about an hour's flight.

From the airport, you can take a 40-minute bus to Kanazawa or you could take a bus to the Komatsu station and hop on the JR train from there. By train from Tokyo and other destinations north, take the Hokuriku Shinkansen.

By car, Kanazawa is served by the Hokuriku Expressway which runs through the western edge of the city.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.

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