Tokyo to Hakuba by Public Transport

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By justine@japanskiexperience.com | Wed, 12 May 2021
Tokyo to Hakuba by Public Transport


One of the perks of visiting Hakuba Ski Resort is that you can easily get from Tokyo to Hakuba in just a few easy steps. The quickest route is to take the bullet train from Tokyo to Nagano, followed by direct coach from Nagano to Hakuba. Travel time is approximately 3 hours.

See our step-by-step guide below to make your own way from Tokyo to Hakuba resort:
 

1. Tokyo Airport to Tokyo Station

Narita Airport to Tokyo: take LTD. EXP NARITA EXPRESS (approx 1 hr)

Haneda Airport to Tokyo: TOKYO MONORAIL to Hamamatsucho, then transfer to JR YAMANOTE LINE (Inner loop) for Osaki to Tokyo Station (approx 20 min)

 

2. Tokyo to Nagano (Click here for schedule)

Train: JR Hokuriku Shinkansen bound for Nagano

Departs from: Tokyo Station

Disembark at: Nagano Station

Tokyo to Nagano shinkansen
Tokyo to Nagano Shinkansen leaving the station

 

3. Nagano to Hakuba (Click here for schedule)

Coach: Alpico Highland Express Coach

Departs from: Nagano Station, East Exit (follow signs in English). Cost is JPY 2,000 per person one way. This can be paid to the driver as you board the bus, or a ticket can be purchased from the Souvenir shop at the bus stop area. The bus departs from bus stop number 26.

Disembark at: Hakuba Happo Bus Terminal (for most accommodations)

Nagano Station
Shinkansen ticket office in Nagano Station
 

4. Hakuba Happo Bus Terminal to your Accommodation

If using the above route, please complete the Arrival Details section in Manage my Booking as follows:

Arrival Method: Bus

Arrival Time: Please check the bus schedule for your ETA at Hakuba Happo Bus Terminal (required)

Do you Require a Pickup: Yes

Nagano to Hakuba
Alpico bus pulling into Hakuba Happo Bus Terminal


Notes:

Some accommodations offer pick up service between limited hours and require at least 2 weeks notice for shuttle service. Please find further details in your Essential Travel Documents

Standard check in time is 15:00 and check out time is 10:00. We recommend aiming to arrive and depart as close to these times as possible
 

Helpful links:

Hyperdia Trip Planner (Schedules & Fares)

JR East Rail Company (Info on JR Passes)
 

If you prefer to avoid travelling by public transport please note that transfers from Tokyo airports to your Hakuba accommodation can be booked with Japan Ski Experience in advance.