HOW TO GET TO HAKUBA – NAGANO SKI RESORTS INFO
Located approximately 40KM (<1 hour drive) to the west of Nagano City and 275KM (<4 hours drive) to the northwest of Tokyo, the resorts of Hakuba Valley are some of the most popular in Nagano. Known for their excellent terrain, snow, and array of services and accommodation for English-speakers, Hakuba attracts visitors from all over the world and is easily accessible from the following points of origin:
From JR Nagano Station
Bus: takes approx. 1 hour – JPY1800 for adults (12+) / JPY900 for children (6-11) / Infants are free if they don’t use a seat.
Exit the station’s East Exit and descend to the ground floor by the stairs or elevator. Tickets are sold inside the shop opposite the elevator (cash only). (In winter) There are numerous buses each day, staring at 8:20 and running until 22:00, there is one roughly one bus per hour. No reservation is required.
Once in Hakuba the most convenient stop is the Happo Bus Terminal. Centrally located it has an English-speaking help desk and other facilities including free wifi and international ATM.
Train: takes considerably longer and is more expensive than the bus – in total, approx. 3 hours (including a transfer a Matsumoto Station) and costs approx. JPY4000.
From JR Nagano Station, take the Shinano Line for Matsumoto and changing there, take the Oito Line for Hakuba Station.
From Tokyo stations – Tokyo / Ueno / Shinjuku
Train: take the Hokuriku Shinkansen line to JR Nagano Station from either Tokyo or Ueno Stations. The journey takes between 90 to 110 minutes (depending on which train you take) and costs approx. JPY8000-9000 (one way).
The Kagayaki and Hakutaka services starting from Tokyo Station are the fastest while the Asama service, which originates at Ueno Station, is slower, stopping at more stations en route to Nagano.
There are numerous services each day and all trains can be used with JR Rail Pass, noting that seats on Kagayaki services must be reserved in advance. Once at JR Nagano Station, follow the directions above.
Bus: takes approx. 5 hours and costs JPY4850 each way.
Operating from Shinjuku Station, the Alpico Bus runs direct to Hakuba. Exit the station using the West Exit and follow the signs toward the bus terminal nearby Yodabashi Camera.
From Narita Airport
Train: two express train services connect Narita to central Tokyo:
The Keisei Skyliner runs from Narita to Ueno Station. It takes approx. 4o minutes to reach Ueno Station and costs JPY2450 for adults (13+) and JPY1240 for children (6-12). Once at Ueno Station, follow the directions above.
The Narita Express (NEX) runs from Narita to Tokyo Station. It takes approx. 1 hour to reach Tokyo Station and costs JPY3020 with trains departing every 30 to 60 minutes. Once at Tokyo Station, follow the directions above
Bus: takes approx. 6 hours, and costs JPY9500 for adults, JPY7500 for children, with infants traveling free of charge.
Operating once per day during winter (Dec 22nd 2018 to Mar 3rd 2019), a direct bus service connects Narita and Hakuba. There are multiple pickup points at the Narita terminals.
From Haneda Airport
Train: take local lines to Tokyo Station or Shinjuku Station and follow the directions above.
Bus: takes approx. 5.5 hours, and costs JPY9000 for adults, JPY7000 for children, with infants traveling free of charge.
Operating twice daily during winter (Dec 22nd 2018 to Mar 3rd 2019), direct bus services connect Haneda and Hakuba. There are multiple pickup points at the Haneda terminals.
Private Charter to and between the Nagano ski resorts
Snow Monkey Resorts is Nagano’s No.1 tour and charter operator. Locally-based in Nagano, our charter service provides the comfort and convenience of private transport directly to all popular resorts from central Tokyo, the airports, JR Nagano Station, and other popular points of origin including transport between the resorts.
Our vehicles and drivers are fully accredited, and as a local operator, we are very familiar with local roads and driving conditions in winter.
With the ability to carry your ski and snowboard gear without the hassle of public transport, our charter service is the best way to make your way to Hakuba with ease and comfort including drop-off at your accommodation. For booking requests and charter quotes, please contact us via our reservation page.