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Looking for Cheap Shinkansen Tickets? Use Our Step-by-Step Guide to Access Savings of up to 50% Online!
  • Looking for Cheap Shinkansen Tickets? Use Our Step-by-Step Guide to Access Savings of up to 50% Online!

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    Japan’s rail system is famous throughout the world for its efficiency, speed and comfort. A pleasure to use it does not however come cheap – particularly the ‘shinkansen’ (Bullet Train) system – which is often similar to, if not more, than the cost of a flight.

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    By registering online and using Japan Rail’s EkiNet system, users cannot only book their tickets in advance but also take advantage of reduced prices on many fares! Our ‘Discount Shinkansen Tickets: How to Buy Online’ page provides everything you need to know about registering an account and buying cheap shinkansen tickets online – including savings of up to 50% on some services!

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    While the process is relatively simple, it takes time and requires the user to be able to read a good amount of Japanese. In an effort to help you register, book and save, our page provides a step-by-step guide in English to help you register and buy tickets. We hope this information helps you find some great deals when planning your next travel!

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    For foreign residents of Japan, make sure to also check-out our recent blog article – #SNOWMONKEYRESORTSLOCAL: JR East Welcome Pass 2020 – A Great Deal for Foreign Residents of Japan! – for information regarding JR East’s new Welcome Pass. Allowing 3-days of consecutive use on lines they operate including multiple shinkansen lines, this pass offers great value and is exclusively available to foreign residents of Japan until February 28th 2021.

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    For further information, see our ‘JR East Welcome Rail Pass 2020’ page.

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    With current offers available to residents of Japan, there’s never been a better time to travel! Blessed with some of Japan’s most pristine and beautiful natural landscapes, Central Japan is the perfect place to escape the congestion of the city and get back to your true nature – and with winter just round the corner, Nagano offers Japan’s best skiing and snowboarding within easy access of Tokyo – readily accessible using the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Nagano Station.

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    Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to keep up-to-date with deals and offers, and current news about travel in Nagano and Central Japan!

    PACKAGE & SAVE: BOOK YOUR NEXT TRIP TO CENTRAL JAPAN!


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    When planning and booking your trip to Nagano and Central Japan, it’s important that you can do so with confidence that your intended destinations will be both enjoyable and safe.

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    As a registered travel agent participating in the national ‘Go To Travel’ campaign, we can package your next trip to Nagano and Central Japan including transport, accommodation, tours, ski packages and more!We can arrange transport to and from any destination in the region, with a customised itinerary to suit your travel needs.

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    Our drivers and vehicles are fully certified, allowing us to transport you to and from any destination in the region including any of Nagano’s fantastic ski resorts.

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    Vehicles are fitted with a protective screen – separating the driver from passenger and luggage area – and our drivers wear protective masks, allowing you to move between your destinations in comfort and safety.

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    We can arrange both private tours with an English-speaking guide or a private charter, including a private vehicle and driver but without a guide. We’d love to be part of that experience and help you discover even more!

    Why choose us?

    Awarded a 2019 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for our 1-Day Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple & Sake Tour – recognised as one of the Top 10 Experiences in Japan – we have the local knowledge and experience to help you get the most out of your time in Nagano.

    Got a question about visiting Nagano and Central Japan? Contact us at snowmonkeyresorts@machinovate.com and let’s get planning together!