Yes You CAN Bus

(It’s a horrible title, but it had to be done. Sorry.)

The Kaga area of Ishikawa is famous for its pottery, sake, hot springs, and quirky attractions. If you have a day off in the middle of the week, a sudden daikyuu, or are looking for something new on the weekends, the following places in Kaga are conveniently connected through the CAN Bus:
Natadera
Yamanaka Onsen
-Kaga Fruit Land
Yunokuni Mori Onsen
-Tsukino Usagi no Sato, a bunny park(月のうさぎの里)
-Dainichizakari Sake Cellar
-Katayamazu Onsen
– The World Glass Museum
– Korogi Bridge (that super-famous bridge with the nice fall colors)

The CAN Bus has two main loops, both starting at the Kaga Onsen station. The 海まわり (coastal loop) 山まわり (mountain loop) go in opposite directions. The fare is 1000円 for a day pass for an adult, which seems steep compared to bus fare in Kanazawa, but keep in mind that these attractions are fairly far flung. Also, you can buy a 1200円 two day pass for getting to an onsen/ryokan and back.

The Canbus Route

The Day Pass can be purchased at the JR Kaga Onsen station. One simply shows the day pass as one exits the bus at the destination. The Mountain Route runs half hourly in the mornings from 9 to 11, then hourly over the lunch hour, and hourly until 17:30 with a cluster of buses departing every 10 minutes during the 14:00 hour. This route will take you to Natadera, Yunokuni, Yamanaka Onsen, and Korogi. The Coastal Route will get you to Fruit Land, the bunnies, the sake distillery, and Katayamazu Onsen. It runs once an hour and varying intervals, just to be contrary.

The CAN Bus English Guide can be found at:
http://www.kaga-can-bus.com/

Schedules can be found at:
http://www.kaga-can-bus.com/co210107new%5B1%5D.pdf

Posted by Lauren, who doesn’t have a car.

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