Getting To Hakuba – Guide
Have you bought a festival ticket/package and are now wondering how to get to Hakuba?
There are TWO main options for heading to Hakuba, the bullet train or a direct airport coach transfer. The bullet train is a bucket list experience and is a must do when in Japan but if you’re looking for a hassle free trip, we strongly recommend the airport coach transfers.
Option 1: Bullet Train. If you’re heading from the airport you’ll need to get a train to Tokyo Station. From here, you’ll jump on the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) to Nagano Station (1.5hours), then take the Alpico Bus which will take you into the heart of Happo – Hakuba bus terminal ( approx 1hr 15). You can then walk to your accommodation or they may offer a pick up service. You can pre-book a rail pass through us or purchase your tickets there. The total cost for this trip (Train and Bus) if you pre-book the rail pass is around $160 each way.
Option 2: Direct Coach Transfer. For a hassle free ride, jump on the Nagano Snow Shuttle at Haneda or Narita Airport and they will take you directly to your accommodation in Hakuba. The total trip will take up to 5.5 hours and include two rest stops. This needs to be pre-booked and costs roughly $150-170 per person each way. We will release connecting timetables closer to the date.