How to Get to Nagoya

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Several major trains lines including the Tokaido Shinkansen run to and from Nagoya Station, making it an easy city to reach from the following locations:

From Chubu Centrair International Airport (Nagoya)


Chubu Centrair International Airport is one of Japan’s four major international airports and lies within close proximity of Nagoya City. To reach Nagoya from the airport, take the Meitetsu Limited Express Line running from the airport to Meitetsu-Nagoya Station – connected to Nagoya Station. We recommend using the μ Sky Limited Express which takes 28 minutes and costs JPY1250 between the airport and Nagoya Station. This service only includes first-class, reserved seating.

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Alternatively, the Meitetsu Ltd Exp takes 35 minutes and costs JPY890 and has both first-class and ordinary carriages. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket machines or window at Nagoya Station, Meitetsu-Nagoya Station, and the airport.

From Nagano


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Running from Nagano Station to Nagoya Station – via Matsumoto – the Limited Express Shinano connects two of the regions major cities at stops at the following stations:

Nagoya – Kanayama – ChikusaTaijimi – Ena – Nakatsugawa – Nagiso – Agematsu – Kiso-FukushimaShiojiriMatsumoto – Akashina – Hijiri-Kogen – ShinonoiNagano*

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*Please note, stations marked in bold are stops on all services. Those not marked in bold are only serviced by certain services throughout the day.

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The Limited Express Shinano operates approximately once an hour and makes the journey between Nagano and Nagoya in approximately 3 hours and costs JPY6930.

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For further details including daily timetable, please refer to our ‘Limited Express Shinano Line Timetable’ page.

The Japan Rail (JR) Pass covers this service. See below for details.

From Karuizawa


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A stop on the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line, take the shinkansen from Karuizawa Station to Nagano Station – 25 min / JPY3210 – and follow the directions above. Alternatively, take the Hokuriku Shinkansen south to Tokyo Station – 75 min / JPY5490 – and follow the directions below.

From Matsumoto


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As noted above, the Limited Express Shinano stops at Matsumoto Station. It takes approximately 130 minutes and costs JPY5610. Please use the link above to access the timetable.

From the Nakasendo Trail


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Visitors to the Nakasendo Trail are likely to use the Limited Express Shinano via either Kiso-Fukushima Station – 95 min / JPY4170 – or Nakatsugawa Station – 60 min / JPY2540.

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Please use the link above to access the timetable.

From the Jigokudani Monkey Park


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To reach Nagoya from the Jigokudani Monkey Park takes time but is relatively straight-forward when done via Nagano Station. From the park, you have the option of: 1. a direct express bus from the park to Nagano Station or 2. a local bus to Yudanaka Station followed by an express train to Nagano Station.

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Starting from the park, the 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 express train to Nagano takes 45 minutes and costs JPY1290 – a total journey of around 60 to 70 minutes and costing JPY1600.

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Once at Nagano Station, simply transfer to the Limited Express Shinano bound for Nagoya – see the directions above.

From Tokyo


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Nagoya can be accessed directly from Tokyo Station using the Tokaido Shinkansen. Running from Tokyo to Osaka, via Nagoya and Kyoto, the shinkansen stops at the following:

Tokyo / Shinagawa / Shin-Yokohama / Odawara / Atami / Mishima / Shin-Fuji / Shizuoka / Kakegawa / Hamamatsu / Toyohashi / Mikawa-Anjo / Nagoya / Gifu-Hashima / Maibara / Kyoto /Shin-Osaka

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Nagoya can be reached from Tokyo in 100 minutes / JPY10,560.

From Narita Airport


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Nagoya can be reached in a two-stage journey from Narita via Tokyo Station. Two rapid train services connect Narita Airport to central Tokyo – the Narita Express running to Tokyo Station and the Keisei Skyliner running to Ueno Station. For visitors headed to Nagoya, take the Narita Express to Tokyo Station.

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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.

From Haneda Airport


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Nagoya can also be reached in a two-stage journey from Haneda via Tokyo Station. 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.

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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.

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From Takayama


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Running from Takayama Station to Nagoya, the Limited Express Hida service is another convenient train line that stops at the following stations:

Nagoya – Owari-Ichinomiya – Gifu – Unuma – Mino-Ota – Shirakawaguchi – Hida-Kanayama – Gero – Hida-Hagiwara – Kuguno – Takayama* – Hida-Furukawa – Inotani – Etchu-Yatsuo – Hayahoshi – Toyama

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It takes approximately 145 to 160 minutes and costs JPY5610 to travel between Takayam and Nagoya.

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*Please note, stations marked in bold are stops on all services. Those not marked in bold are only serviced by certain services throughout the day.

From Kamikochi


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Nagoya can be reached from Kamikochi via Takayama Station, with frequent services running to and from the Takayama Nohi Bus Center – located next to Takayama Station. From the Kamikochi Bus Terminal, take the bus to the Hirayu Onsen Bus Terminal – 25 to 30 minutes – and then switch to the bus headed to Takyama – another 60 minutes.

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Please see the following page for information including timetables and fares to and from Takayama. Once at Takayama Station, transfer to the Limited Express Hida service bound for Nagoya (as above).

From Shirakawa-go & Gokayama


The Nohi Bus company operates multiple daily services to and from the main village of Ogimachi, from their terminal located next to Takayama Station. Roundtrip tickets are available to Ogimachi only or with the option of all three villages, including Suganuma and Ainokura, with options of multiday tickets. For adults, expect to pay between JPY4800 and JPY9500 depending on which option you choose.

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Please see the following page for information including timetables and fares to and from Takayama. Once at Takayama Station, transfer to the Limited Express Wide View Hida service bound for Nagoya (as above).

From the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route


The Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route can be accessed from the Toyama-side via Tateyama Station. To reach Kanazawa, take the Toyama Chiho Railway from Tateyama Station to Dentetsu Toyama Station – 60 minutes / JPY1230.

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Once at in Toyama, walk the short distance to Toyama Station, take the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Kanazawa and switch to the Limited Express Shirasagi bound for Nagoya – total time of around 215 min / JPY8580 – or the Hokuriku Shinkansen bound for Nagano and switch to the Ltd. Exp. Wide View Shinano – total travel time of 235 min / JPY12,320.

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Alternatively bus and train services connect Toyama to Takayama, from where you can take the Limited Express Hida service onto Nagoya.

From Kyoto and Osaka


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Both cities are on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line, making Nagoya readily accessible: taking 35 min / JPY5170 from Kyoto Station and 50 min / JPY5940 from Shin-Osaka Station.

Private Charters to/from Nagoya


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Based in Nagano City and operating all year round, we are Nagano’s No.1-rated tour and charter operator, offering a range of services including group tours, private tours and charters.

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Our drivers and vehicles are fully certified, allowing us to transport you to and from your preferred destinations, in combination with any activity that suits your interests and schedule including transport to and from any ski resort in the region.

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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?


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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.

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