There are 3 ways to get from Kanazawa to Kusatsu by train or car

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Train Japan Railways Thunderbird  •  2 h 50 min

  1. Take the train from Kanazawa to Kyoto Ltd Exp Thunderbird

$58 - $62

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Train Japan Railways Limited Express  •  2 h 52 min

  1. Take the train from Kanazawa to Maibara Ltd Exp Shirasagi
  2. Take the train from Maibara to Kusatsu(Shiga) Jr Biwako / ...

$47 - $60

1 alternative option

Drive  •  2 h 26 min

  1. Drive from Kanazawa to Kusatsu 148 miles

$24 - $40

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No, there is no direct train from Kanazawa to Kusatsu. However, there are services departing from Kanazawa and arriving at Kusatsu(Shiga) via Kyoto. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 50 min.

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The distance between Kanazawa and Kusatsu is 186 km. The road distance is 236.7 km.

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The best way to get from Kanazawa to Kusatsu without a car is to train which takes 2 h 50 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 2 h 50 min to get from Kanazawa to Kusatsu, including transfers.

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Kanazawa to Kusatsu train services, operated by Japan Railways Thunderbird, depart from Kanazawa station.

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Kanazawa to Kusatsu train services, operated by Japan Railways Thunderbird, arrive at Kyoto station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Kanazawa to Kusatsu is 237 km. It takes approximately 2 h 26 min to drive from Kanazawa to Kusatsu.

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There are 2137+ hotels available in Kusatsu. Prices start at $57 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Kanazawa to Kusatsu.
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  • Distance: 116 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 50 min

What companies run services between Kanazawa, Japan and Kusatsu, Japan?

Japan Railways Thunderbird operates a train from Kanazawa to Kusatsu hourly. Tickets cost $54 - $58 and the journey takes 2 h 19 min.

Train operators
Japan Railways Thunderbird
Train from Kanazawa to Kyoto
Ave. Duration
2 h 19 min
Estimated price
$54 - $58
Schedules at
Japan Railways Limited Express
Japan Railways (JR)

Japan Railways operates a large proportion of the main intercity routes, including the high-speed Shinkansen service and commuter rail service. Covering 1665 stations across 7458km, Japan Railways carries an average of 17 million passengers per day. There are several rail passes on offer for customers such as the Hokkaido Pass, the JR West Rail Pass, JR East Pass, Shikoku Pass, Kyushu Pass and Flex Japan Tourist Pass.

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Train from Maibara to Kusatsu(Shiga)
Ave. Duration
44 min
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $10
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