Travelling to Nozawa Onsen, Japan

We have prepared a table of the most popular ways to get from Narita International Airport (near Tokyo) to our location in the northern part of Nagano, 300km away.

We recommend the bullet train for anyone arriving before 5pm and who wish to stay in Nozawa Onsen that night.

We are more than happy to help you with your travel arrangements to Nozawa. We can also make the Nagano Snow Shuttle and Chuo Taxi reservations for you!

Coming from Osaka is relatively easy by train and you need to allow between 4 – 5 hours.

Bullet Train
3 Hours
Snow
Shuttle
5.5 Hours
Chuo Taxi
5-6 Hours*
Bus
5.5 Hours
Skyliner #8 to
Ueno Train Station
(45 min)
Narita Airport direct to Altitude Nozawa Departs:
9:45 &
20:00
Narita Airport direct to Altitude Nozawa Shinjuku To Nagano
(3.5 mins)
Hokuriku-Shinkansen
to Iiyama (109 min)

Nagano to Nozawa
(Last Bus Departs 16:10)  
Express Bus #20
To Nozawa Onsen
Convert Yen to your currency:
Trains:
10,890 Yen
Adult fare:
10,300 Yen  
Adult fare:
12,900 Yen
Adult fare:
5,500 Yen
Express Bus:
Adult: 700 Yen
Child: 350 yen
Adult fare:
10,300 Yen
Child fare:
9,100 Yen
Child fare:
2,750 Yen

* You may be required to wait at the airport for up to 1.5 hours for the taxi to depart

Bullet Train

Quickest way to get to Nozawa Onsen and affordable for those with JR rail passes. There's 3 connections, but they're well synchronized.

  1. Catch the Narita Express to Tokyo Train Station

  2. Transfer through to the Shinkansen terminals marked with green train symbol and catch the Asama Shinkansen. The Asuma bullet trains generally runs every 30 minutes during the day.

  3. At Iliyama Station, go to the main exit and find bus stop #20. Catch the bus to Nozawa Onsen. This bus leaves every 30 - 40 minutes from 8:45 to 21:15 and costs 700 yen. If you arrive into Ilyama after the last bus you can catch a taxi and the cost would be around 5,000 yen.

Nagano Snow Shuttle

The Snow Shuttle has two departures from Narita Airport every day at 9:45am and 8:00pm from December 18th to March 10th.

This is a door to door service like the Chuo shared taxi but can take longer if waiting for delayed flights and dropping many guests off at their hotels. Those wanting the easiest travel option for a small amount extra you should consider the Chuo shared taxi which will generally be quicker.

We can make the Nagano Snowshuttle reservation for you and arrange a late night check in simply provide us the names of those travelling with you and your flight number.

Shared Taxi

Hassle Free transfer to Nozawa Onsen.

Although not the cheapest option a shared taxi will meet you at the airport and drop you directly to Nozawa Onsen. Convenient for families with children as it saves you from navigating around train stations and lugging your luggage around. Prices are set per person and no discount is provided if a return ticket is purchased. Bookings do need to be made 5 days prior. View their website for more info.

Highway Bus

Best option for one way trips and for those who do not purchase a JR Rail pass.

Easy and affordable (4,850 yen one way) to get from Tokyo to Nagano. Be careful as there is a limited number of departures per day (6 per day 3 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon, see timetable below) The ride is generally 4 hours with two rest stops on the way if there is no traffic jams. During holidays and weekend commuting times, be prepared for delayed times.

To find the bus terminal, exit Shinjuku Station on the west side and follow the signs, or exit on the street level and cross the street and turn left, go one block and turn right. The terminal is across from Yodabashi Camera.

Check out the Alpico website for additional information.

 

Driving from Tokyo to Nozawa Onsen

Route Option #1 - South and West part of Tokyo

  1. Take the Chuo Expressway to the Okaya Junction and then turn onto the Nagano Expressway following the signs to Nagano.

  2. At Noagano switch to the Nagano Expressway and continue on the highway and take the Exit number 16 for Toyota & Ilyama there has recently been a small Nozawa Onsen sign added to the bottom of the existing sign.

Route Option #2 - North and East Tokyo

  1. Take the Kanetsu Expressway to the Fujioka Junction and then turn onto the Joshinetsu Expressway following the Nagano signs.

  2. At Nagano switch to the Nagano Expressway and continue on the highway and take the Exit number 16 for Toyota & Ilyama there has recently been a small Nozawa Onsen sign added to the bottom of the existing sign.