Tokyo to Hakuba by Public Transport - Japan Ski Experience

Tokyo to Hakuba by Public Transport


The quickest route between Tokyo and Hakuba is by bullet train (shinkansen) to Nagano followed by direct coach to Hakuba.  Travel time from Tokyo is approximately 3 hours.


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 Station to Nagano Station (Click here for schedule)

  • Train: JR Hokuriku Shinkansen bound for Nagano
  • Departs from: Tokyo Station
  • Disembark at: Nagano Station

3. Nagano Station to Hakuba Happo Bus Terminal (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

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


  • 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 documents for travel
  • 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


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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.


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