How to Get to Myoko Kogen – Nagano Ski Resorts Info
Located approximately 30KM (<1 hour drive) directly north of Nagano City and 285KM (3.5 hours drive) to the northwest of Tokyo, the resorts making-up Myoko Kogen are known for their deep powder and relaxed approach to side and backcountry skiing, making them a preferred destination for advanced skiers and snowboarders.
It is important to note that there are two train stations in the area of Myoko Kogen: 1. Joestu-Myoko Station and 2. Myoko-Kogen Station. Joetsu-Myoko Station is a stop on the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line running from Tokyo to Kanazawa and is therefore directly accessible from the capital. However, Myoko-Kogen Station is the nearest station to most resorts. For most visitors, Myoko-Kogen Station will be the most convenient station to head to. When coming from Tokyo or the airports, to access the line running to and from Myoko Kogen you will need to transfer at Nagano Station – as explained below.
Most popular in winter, the resorts of Myoko Kogen cater for all levels with the big draw-card being the huge amount of snow you’ll find there. Myoko is also quickly establishing a reputation as an excellent destination all year round. Here are our tips and suggestions of ’25 things to Do in & Around Myoko Kogen’.
We hope the following information assists in planning your visit to Myoko.
Moving between the resorts of Myoko Kogen
Myoko Kogen is comprised of five separate resorts: Akakura Onsen and Akakura Kanko, Ikenotaira, Suginohara and Seki Onsen. From December until March, the Myoko Kogen Shuttle Bus is the easiest way to get from one resort to the next. For more information about what’s on offer, see our ‘Myoko Kogen Ski Resorts’ page.
From Myoko-Kogen Station
Myoko-Kogen Station can be accessed from Nagano Station – see below for details. Once at the station, regular local bus services from Myoko-Kogen Station run to and from Akakura village, taking around 15 min / JPY350. Myoko Kogen Station is the nearest train station to resorts including Akakura Kanko/Onsen, Ikenotaira, Suginohara and Seki Onsen. Please note, the Hokuriku Shinkansen does not stop at Myoko Kogen Station.
From Joetsu-Myoko Station
For visitors heading to Lotte Arai Resort, Joetsu-Myoko is the nearest station and a stop on the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line. Lotte Arai operate a shuttle bus outside the West Exit of the station. Bookings are required in advance made through the resort hotel. As mentioned above, visitors heading to Akakura Kanko/Onsen, Ikenotaira, Suginohara and Seki Onsen should head to Myoko Kogen Station. But if you do end-up at Joetsu-Myoko Station, a shuttle bus operates to Akakura – approximately 25km / 60 minutes – and other resorts operates outside of the station’s East Exit. Through winter – Dec 23rd to March 4th – there are 3 shuttle buses per day, costing JPY1,100 to Akakura Onsen/Kanko, JPY1,200 to Ikenotaira, and JPY1,300 to Suginohara.
From Nagano Station
From Nagano Station, visitors heading to Myoko-Kogen Station should take the Kita-shinano Line. Taking approximately 45 minutes / JPY850 to reach, this is the most convenient option for accessing Akakura Kanko/Onsen, Ikenotaira, Suginohara and Seki Onsen. Joetsu-Myoko Station can be reached using the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line – approx. 20 min / JPY2860 – but is likely only convenient when heading to Lotte Arai Resort.
From the Jigokudani Monkey Park
When heading to Myoko from the Jigokudani Monkey Park, visitors have the option of 1. doing so via Nagano Station to Myoko Kogen Station or 2. Iiyama Stations to Joetsu-Myoko Station.
Of these options, we recommend doing so via Nagano. Starting from the park, the Snow Monkey Express bus costs JPY1500 each way and takes 55 minutes to reach Nagano Station. In comparison, taking the local bus from the park to Yudanaka Station followed by the train, takes 15 minutes and costs JPY310 before the limited express train to Nagano takes 45 minutes and costs JPY1290 – a total journey of around 60 to 70 minutes and costing JPY1600. Once at Nagano Station, follow the directions above to reach Myoko Kogen.
Alternatively, two daily buses connect the monkey park and Iiyama Station. Departing at 12:21 and 14:20, the journey takes approximately 35 minutes and costs JPY1000 per adult.
Once at Iiyama, take the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Joetsu-Myoko Station and follow the directions above.
From Shiga Kogen
From Shiga Kogen, use the express bus service – via the monkey park – to return to Nagano Station. Taking between 70-90 minutes /JPY1800-2100 depending where in Shiga you board – including the hub of Shiga Kogen Yamanoeki – the express bus is a convenient way to get back to Nagano Station. Once at Nagano, follow the directions above to reach Myoko.
Alternatively, a private charter from Shiga Kogen to Myoko is a great option for groups including families who want to make the transfer as easy and quick as possible. Including transport of all your ski and snowboard gear, we’ll pick you up and drop you off directly at your accommodation – see below for details.
From Nozawa Onsen
The easiest option to reach Myoko from Nozawa Onsen is to take the Nozawa Onsen Liner or taxi to Iiyama Station and once there, switch to the Hokuriku Shinkansen bound for Joetsu-Myoko Station or Nagano Station. Once at either station, follow the relevant directions above. Alternatively, a private charter from Nozawa to Myoko is a great option – see below for details.
Visitors combining a visit to the resorts of Hakuba Valley and Myoko can do sue via the Hakuba Happo Bus Terminal. From the terminal, take the express bus to Nagano Station and transfer to the Kitashinano Line bound for Myoko Kogen Station or Hokuriku Shinkansen bound for Joetsu-Myoko Station. Once at either station, follow the relevant directions above. Alternatively, a private charter from Hakuba to Myoko is a great option – see below for details.
Take the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line to Nagano Station – 85 to 110 min / JPY8140 – and transfer to the Kitashinano Line bound for Myoko Station or directly to Joetsu-Myoko Station – approximately 120 minutes and costs just under JPY9000. For full details regarding travel passes covering travel to and from Nagano, please refer to our relevant page: Japan Rail (JR) Pass / JR East Nagano & Niigata Pass / JR Hokuriku Arch Pass.
From Narita Airport
Two rapid train services connect Narita Airport to central Tokyo:
1 / the Narita Express (NEX) runs from Narita to Tokyo Station. It takes 55 minutes to reach Tokyo Station (depending on the service) and costs JPY3070 with trains departing every 30 to 60 minutes. Once at Tokyo Station, follow the directions above.
2 / the Keisei Skyliner runs from Narita to Ueno Station. It takes between 40 to 55 minutes to reach Ueno Station and costs JPY2520 with trains departing every 30 to 40 minutes. Once at Ueno Station, transfer to the Hokuriku Shinkansen and follow the directions above.
Alternatively, in winter a shuttle bus connects the airport to Myoko Kogen, stopping at the Akakura Onsen Bus Stop. There are up to 4 services each day, taking approx.5.5 hours and costs JPY11,600.
From Haneda Airport
Two train services connect Haneda Airport to central Tokyo:
1 / the Tokyo Monorail connects the airport to Tokyo Station via Hamamatsucho Station in around 30 minutes. From the airport take the monorail to Hamamatsucho Station (20 min/JPY170) and then switch to the JR Yamanote Line or JR Keihin-Tohoku/Negishi Line Rapid bound for Tokyo Station (5 min/JPY160) – a total journey of around 30-minutes / JPY660 one-way. Once at Tokyo Station, follow the directions above.
2 / the Keikyu Railway connects the airport to Tokyo Station via Shinagawa Station. Take the Keikyu Airport bound to Shinagawa Station (approx.11 min/JPY300) and transfer to the Yamanote Line bound for Osaki to reach Tokyo Station- 13 min / JPY170 or a total journey of around 30 min / JPY470. Once at Tokyo Station, follow the directions above.
Alternatively, in winter a shuttle bus connects the airport to Myoko Kogen, stopping at the Akakura Onsen Bus Stop. There are up to 2 services each day, taking approx. 5.5 hours and costs JPY11,900.
Reaching Myoko rom Kanazawa Station is straight-forward. As the northern terminus of the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line, take the Hakutaka service to Nagano Station – 65 to 85 min / JPY8590 – and transfer to the Kitashinano Line bound for Myoko Kogen Station. Once there, follow the directions above. Alternatively, head to Joetsu-Myoko Station – approx. 65 min / JPY5720 and once at the station, follow the directions above.
From Nagoya, Kyoto or Osaka
All three cities are connected to Tokyo Station by the Tokaido Shinkansen Line. When coming from Nagoya Station, take the Tokaido Shinkansen to Tokyo Station and transfer to the Hokuriku Shinkansen heading north to Nagano Station – and transfer to the Kitashinano Line bound for Myoko Kogen Station – or directly to Joetsu-Myoko Station. Once there, follow the directions above. For visitors coming from Kyoto or Osaka, you have two options to reach Myoko via Joetsu-Myoko:
1 / also take the Tokaido Shinkansen to Tokyo and transfer to the Hokuriku Shinkansen to reach Nagano Station – and transfer to the Kitashinano Line bound for Myoko Kogen Station – or directly to Joetsu-Myoko Station, or
2 / take the Thunderbird rapid service to Kanazawa and transfer to the Hokuriku Shinkansen heading south to Joetsu-Myoko Station or onto Nagano Station – and transfer to the Kitashinano Line bound for Myoko Kogen. Once there, follow the directions above.
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