FROM HAKUBA : HOW TO GET TO THE SNOW MONKEY PARK
Hakuba Valley is the most popular ski resort in Nagano, drawing visitors from all over the world. As the main host venue of the 1998 Winter Olympics, Hakuba is recognised for its world-class snow conditions, varied terrain, and excellent facilities. Comprising 11 individual snow resorts – 9 are covered by 1 lift pass – Hakuba is a mecca for snow sports enthusiasts seeking the complete package of a truly international resort.
Hakuba’s global profile and appeal for foreign visitors means you won’t be caught short but any lack of English-language services, including numerous accommodation and dining options, après-ski, and all the comforts of one of Japan’s best and biggest snow resorts. Outside of winter, Hakuba is increasingly known for the beauty and activity of its ‘green season’, during which time both local and international visitors head to the mountains to escape the oppressive heat and humidity of cities and enjoy numerous pursuits.
Activities including hiking, mountain-biking (MTB), rafting, canyoning, standup paddleboarding (SUP), fishing, and other pursuits have quickly established Hakuba as Nagano’s
VISITING THE SNOW MONKEY PARK FROM HAKUBA
The Snow Monkey Park can be reached from Hakuba in a two-step journey via JR Nagano Station. The Alpico bus service from Hakuba to Nagano takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, an easy and convenient way to make the journey from the station. The bus operates from the Hakuba Happo Bus Terminal with tickets available for purchase at the counter – please refer to the following page for information including the timetable and ticket prices.
The bus service from Hakuba will bring you to the east side of JR Nagano Station. Once you arrive, you have two choices to reach the Snow Monkey Park – train or bus:
1. take the Nagano Dentetsu (Nagaden) train service followed by a local bus
2. use the Nagaden express bus service directly from the station.
USING THE NAGANO DENTETSU (NAGADEN) LIMITED EXP. TRAIN FOLLOWED BY A LOCAL BUS
To access the train, exit Nagano Station via the Zenkoji Exit and head underground to the Nagano Dentetsu (Nagaden) train line. You need to head to JR Yudanaka Station (the final stop on the line), which is serviced by both local – 60 to 70 minutes and JPY1160 – and express trains – approximately 50 minutes and JPY1260. The timetable is available on our Access page.
Once at Yudanaka, it’s only a 10 minute bus ride to Kanbayashi Onsen. The bus will drop you just down the hill from the Snow Monkey Park entrance – a simple 5-10 walk from the stop.
Buses depart the station regularly and station staff can assist you boarding the correct bus.
USING THE NAGADEN EXPRESS BUS SERVICE DIRECTLY FROM/TO JR NAGANO STATION
Nagaden also operates an express bus service that runs directly from JR Nagano Station to Kanbayashi Onsen – approximately 55 minutes and JPY 1400 each way. Buses can be accessed via the station’s East Exit and operate from Stop 23 (to your left as you descend the stairs).
The bus schedule varies significantly between seasons and can be viewed through our access information. Tickets are purchased on the bus, directly from the driver.
JOIN OUR AWARD-WINNING GROUP TOUR TO THE SNOW MONKEY PARK FROM HAKUBA!
No visit to Nagano in winter is complete without visiting the world-famous Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and the best way to experience it is on our award-winning 1-Day Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple and Sake Tour.
Operating to and from JR Nagano Station every day of the year, this tour is now open to guests staying in Hakuba this winter through our morning shuttle service from Hakuba Happo Bus Terminal.
Departing each morning at 08:20 and with an estimated return time of 18:45, you can now join our most popular tour – named one of the Top 10 Experiences in Japan for 2019.
Our winter-only shuttle service is available from Dec.18th 2019 until Mar.31st 2020.
BOOK A PRIVATE SNOW MONKEY TOUR FROM HAKUBA
For guests wanting to design their own tour itinerary, including pick-up and drop-off at locations of your choice, Snow Monkey Resorts offers private tours from Hakuba. Operating all-year round, private tours are designed to meet your needs and interests, typically combining a visit to the monkey park with lunch at a nearby restaurant and visit to another nearby attraction or activity.
With a private driver and vehicle – including luggage transport – and your own guide for the day, a private tour is a great way to get the most out of your time in the region and take the hassle out of your winter adventure. All of our vehicles and drivers are fully accredited. Locally-based and operating all-year round we how the local know-how and reliability of service to ensure you get the most of your time in Hakuba and beyond!
Simply send us an enquiry through the private tour page and we’ll get back to you with a suggested itinerary and quote. Let us do the planning so you can sit back, relax, and experience the best of Nagano!