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. 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. We will release connecting timetables closer to the date.
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. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal window.
Option 4: Car Rental. Renting a car in Tokyo and driving to Hakuba should only be attempted by confident drivers with experience in driving in snow. The trip takes approximately 3 and a half hours and costs depends on car size. We recommend a 4WD with winter tyres as the safest option. Tolls are approximately ¥7,380 if you use the toll roads and a International drivers licence must be held.