How To Get 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 Narita you can take the Narita Express directly to Tokyo Station or from Haneda Airport you can take the monorail to Hamamatsuchō Station and then the 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 your accommodation may offer a pick up service, please contact them to arrange a pickup. There are pay phones available at the bus terminal. Connection timetables from Hanenda and Narita available below for the full journey to Hakuba.
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. You can book a spot on the shuttle through their website here.
Option 3: Alpico Bus. If you’re spending some time in Tokyo before heading to Hakuba, the Alpico Express bus from Shinjuku is a great affordable option. Heading directly to the Happo Bus Terminal, the transfer can take between 5-6 hours depending on traffic conditions and departs from Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal and Shinjuku Station West Exit. Enquire here to book a spot on the Alpico Bus.