Whether you are traveling through Tokyo from one of the airports or you plan on spending a few days discovering the city first, you will find that thanks to Japan’s excellent transport network travelling around can be done relatively fast and easily. Plus, due to Japan`s efficient nature you can pretty much set your watch by the departure times. Tokyo Transport Maps can be picked up at any of the station ticket gates- It is definitely worth while grabbing one! When leaving the city, the fastest way to do this is via the high speed ‘bullet trains’ locally known as the Shinkansen. As well as any JR service, the Shinkansen are also covered by the ‘JR pass’ – JR and Shinkansen Routes
A cheaper option would be to travel via bus. You are at mercy of Tokyo traffic so this can take some what longer. The route is an interesting one however and will give you the opportunity to see some of the sights along the way- Mount Fuji being one of them.
Tip – If you are spending time travelling Japan before coming to Hakuba, send some of your luggage direct to Morino Lodge using the takkyubin service (Japan wide luggage delivery service). You can send bags from your hotel or any convenience store.
- Take the “Shinkansen” (bullet train) to Nagano city from Tokyo or Ueno station. This takes an hour and a half to two hours and services leave roughly every twenty minutes (the earliest train leaves Tokyo station at 6:16am and the last at 10:08pm).When you arrive at Nagano station, transfer to the “Alpico” bus (East exit from bus stop 6) to Hakuba (18,00yen – 70 min). The buses run every hour from 8:20am to 8:30pm. If there are no more buses (after 8:30pm), we can arrange a jumbo taxi to pick you up in Nagano city for a fee of 20,000yen.Check out the Alpico Timetable.
- Take the “Super Azusa” limited express from Shinjuku direct to Hakuba (7870yen – 4 hours). There is only 1 direct to Hakuba “Super Azusa” a day leaving Shinjuku at 7:30am. There are however “Azusas” leaving for Matsumoto every hour all day until 6:00pm. From Matsumoto take the “Oito” local train to Hakuba. We can pick you up at Hakuba station free of charge.*Note, depending on departure times for the “Oito” line, you may have to change trains in Shinano-Omachi. For fare and train times check out Hyperdia.
Tip – If you don’t have a rail pass there are discount ticket shops near many of the big stations. The shops often display Movie Theater tickets on their windows. If you can`t find one, ask around. You`ll save from 2000 to 3000yen one-way.
Bus from Shinjuku Station there is a direct bus to Hakuba. Once arriving in Shinjuku Station make your way through the station`s South Exist, towards the Shinjuku Express Way Bus Terminal where you can jump on the Highland Bus Service direct to Hakuba Happo Bus Station. This is the cheapest way to go at 4850yen (adult fare) and takes around 4hour 40mins – Fare and bus Times.
Tip – If you are travelling at a busy time (weekend or holiday) have us reserve your bus tickets in advance. You can pick them up & pay at the terminal.
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