FROM KANAZAWA: HOW TO GET TO SNOW MONKEY
As home to one of Japan’s three most beautiful gardens, Kanazawa is an extremely popular location to visit. But not only the garden is worth a visit, the city also boasts the nicely restored Kanazawa Castle. On top of that, Kanazawa, with its seaside location, has some of the finest fish restaurants Japan has to offer.
The quickest way to the Snow Monkey Park from Kanazawa is by taking a 1:30 hour Shinkansen ride directly to Nagano. You can find the train times here (a one-way trip is 8960 JPY, but you can use the JR Rail Pass on this line).
If you’re not in possession of the JR Rail Pass, you can get to the Snow Monkey Park via a more roundabout way. From Kanazawa take the train to Toyama (1220 JPY) and transfer at Toyama to the train for Naoetsu. At Naoetsu, take the train to Myoko-kogen from where you can get on the train to Nagano. Compared to the Shinkansen ride it is cheaper (6380 JPY in total to get to the Snow Monkey Park) but is also take about 6 hours. This is the cheaper way to travel, but it will take you thrice the amount of time. For train times from Kanazawa to Nagano Station please look at HyperDia (be sure to take off the check for Shinkansen at more options).
From Nagano, there are two ways to get to the Snow Monkey Park: via train or bus.
If you want to go by train head for the Nagano Dentetsu train line and take the train with as destination Yudanaka.
From Yudanaka Station you take the bus bound for either the Kanbayashi Onsen bus stop or the Snow Monkey bus stop.
If bus is the way to go for you find the Nagaden Shiga Kogen Express Line bus and get off at the Snow Monkey bus stop.
The Snow Monkey Park is 25 minutes by foot away from the Snow Monkey bus stop or the Kanbayashi Onsen bus stop. See here for local and express bus times.