Nagaden Snow Monkey/Shiga Kogen Express Bus

Nagaden Snow Monkey/Shiga Kogen Express Bus

The Nagano Dentetsu company, most commonly referred to simply as Nagaden, operates the majority of train and bus services in and round Nagano City. Making use of their extensive services connects visitors to many of the region’s most popular destinations including the Jigokudani Monkey Park, Suzaka, Obuse, Joshinetsu Kogen National Park including Shiga Kogen Ski Resort along with Nozawa Onsen, Madarao and more.

Nagaden operates local buses covering the region in and around Nagano City along with express buses to popular destinations. This page provides information regarding Nagaden’s express buses including services to the Jigokudani/Snow Monkey Park and Shiga Kogen Ski Resort. For information regarding local bus services, please refer to our ‘Nagano Dentetsu Local Bus’ page.


Express Buses

Large coaches suitable for up to 44 passengers provide express services to some of the region’s most popular destinations including the Jigokudani Monkey Park and Shiga Kogen Ski Resort. Coaches include spacious luggage storage allowing for transport of large luggage and winter sports gear underneath, with comfortable seating inside the bus. Tickets are purchased on the bus from the driver. Cash only.




Nagaden Snow Monkey/Shiga Kogen Express Bus


Operating all year round and with additional services during the peak season of winter, the Nagaden Snow Monkey/Shiga Kogen Express Bus operates to and from Nagano Station. All services stop at the monkey park with most (but not all) continuing onto Shiga Kogen.  As such, this bus connects two of the regions most popular destinations – the Jigokudani Monkey Park and Shiga Kogen – directly to the station.



The bus operates from Bus Stop No.23, outside the station’s East Exit and costs JPY1500 per adult to the monkey park and between JPY1800 to JPY2500 depending on which area of Shiga Kogen you wish to head to.

To reach Bus Stop No.23, simply exit the station via the East Exit and proceed down to road-level using the elevator or stairs to your left, or escalator around to your right. Once at ground level, walk straight ahead and you will find Bus Stop No.23 around 150 meters directly ahead of you.


While the monkey park and Shiga Kogen are serviced by the same bus line, it is important to check that the specific service you intend to use goes to your chosen stop, particularly for visitors heading to Shiga Kogen. While most services continue onto Shiga after stopping at the monkey park, not all services do. As a result, we have provided separate timetables – as below.


Fares & Timetable


The Snow Monkey & Shiga Kogen Express Bus operates all year round however, the timetable varies between seasons. Additional services run in winter to cover increased demand. Nagaden update their winter schedule shortly before the start of the season.


For the current timetable for the express bus to/from the monkey park, please see our ‘Nagaden Snow Monkey Express Bus Timetable’ page.


For the current timetable for the express bus to/from Shiga Kogen, please see our ‘Nagaden Shiga Kogen Express Bus Timetable’ page.


Ticketing & Travel Passes


Tickets are bought directly from the driver once on the bus therefore no advanced booking is required. The Nagaden Express Bus to the monkey park is also covered by the Snow Monkey Pass*. Valid for use for 2 days following activation, the Snow Monkey Pass allows for unlimited use on the Nagano Dentetsu Line, Snow Monkey Express Bus and local buses to the park along with one entry to the Jigokudani Monkey Park.


Passes costs JPY3600 per adults (13+) and JPY1800 (6-12). Children under the age of 6 can ride Nagano Dentetsu line and Nagaden buses and enter the park free of charge. Passes can be purchased at the following stations: Nagano / Gondo / Suzaka / Obuse.


For further information, please refer to our “Snow Monkey Pass’ page.


*Please note, this pass only covers bus services from Nagano Staiton to the Jigokudani Monkey Park. It does not cover services to Shiga Kogen.