Bicycle

Full-size bikes can be rented from JR Kanazawa Station Rent-a-Cycle and Hokutetsu Rent-a-Cycle, both by the train station's west exit.

There's also a pay-as-you-go bicycle-rental system called 'Machi-nori'. The bikes are a little small for larger bodies, and not the most comfortable to ride, but with a bit of planning the system functions well. For the low-down in English, a downloadable map is available at www.machi-nori.jp.

Bus

Buses depart from the circular terminus in front of the station's east exit. Any bus from station stop 7, 8 or 9 will take you to the city centre (¥200). The round-trip journey is free if you have a JR pass.

The Kanazawa Loop Bus (single ride/day pass ¥200/500, every 15 minutes from 8.30am to 6pm) circles the major tourist attractions in 45 minutes. On Saturday, Sunday and holidays, the Machi-bus goes to Kōrinbō for ¥100.

Airport buses (¥1130, 45 minutes) depart from Kanazawa station's west exit. Some services travel via Katamachi and Kōrinbō 109 but they take an hour to reach the airport.

Day passes (¥500) offer excellent value, but since the influx of non-Japanese-speaking visitors to town began to inadvertently cause lost-in-translation-style chaos across the network, they can no longer be purchased on board. Instead, purchase them from the Hokutetsu Kankō service centre inside JR Kanazawa Station; there's another centre opposite the Omi-chō Market bus stop.

For more information, see www.hokutetsu.co.jp/en/en_round.

Car & Motorcycle

Numerous car-rental agencies are dotted around the train station's west exit.