Getting To Nozawa Onsen

By Train

Train

From Tokyo Airport

  • From Narita (Tokyo) Airport take an Express Train to Tokyo or Ueno Station (approx 60-90 min)
  • Catch Shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo to Nagano Station (approx 100 min)
  • Catch local train (Iiyama Line) from Nagano to Togari Nozawa Onsen Station (approx 60 min)
  • Catch local bus or taxi from Togari Nozawa Onsen Station to Nozawa Onsen Village (approx 15 min)

By Bus

Private Direct Shuttle Bus

90,000 Yen for up to 20 passengers, so a great and cheaper option if you are a group.

Just let us know if want to book the direct shuttle bus.

“Thanks for the tip on the private shuttle bus Mark.  Absolutely perfect and zero hassle. Off the plane, into the bus, relax and then we’re in Nozawa.”

Anthony F, QLD, Australia

Bus Service from Narita Tokyo to Nozawa Onsen

Just one return trip per day, departs Narita Airport at 20:00, arriving Nozawa around 1:00 am.

On the way back, departs Nozawa Onsen at 10:25 and arrives Narita Airport at 17:00 (going via Tokyo for anyone that wants to stop there).

Fares:

  • Adults 9,900 Yen
  • Children 7,500 Yen
  • Infants Free of charge

A bit cheaper than the Chuo Taxi and easier than the train if you are arriving in the evening.

Contact us if you’d like to book.

Chuo Taxi

There is a great shuttle service from Tokyo or Nagoya Airports.

  • Costs from Tokyo is 12,000 yen per person each way.
  • Children under 12 are around 8,400 yen, Infant 3,300 Yen

Cost from Nagoya around 13,000 yen per person each way.

Children under 12 are around 9,100 yen, Infant 3,900 Yen

It takes 5-6 hours from either Airport to our door.

The name of the shuttle is Chuo Taxi. Koide-san is the English speaking assistant there.

Ski Bus

The Japan Skibus is another option – and cheaper if the times are ok.

By Car

Car

Nearest Expressway is Joshinetsu and nearest national road is Route 117

For any more information on how to get to us please ask.

Notes from Mark

Transportation Notes From Mark

We look forward to welcoming you to ski Japan soon.

The safest and easiest way to travel to Nozawa Onsen from Tokyo is by a combination of trains and buses. The entire trip from the Narita Airport in Tokyo to your destination will take somewhere around four to four and a half hours.

You can also ship your luggage directly from the Airport to us, so that you don’t have to carry it around if you’re doing some sight-seeing!

Your Nozawa Onsen accommodation may be able to arrange for you to be met at the Tokyo airport by a private taxi/bus that will take you directly to their establishment for around 12,000 yen per person (prices vary).

If you arrange your own transportation, the first leg of the trip is on one of Japan’s speedy and efficient bullet trains.

From the Tokyo Train Station you catch the Nagano Bullet Train (Asama Shinkansen) directly to the Nagano Train Station, then transfer to a local train or a bus for the final leg of the trip.

The Nagano Bullet Train ride is about ninety minutes and you will find the bullet train a pleasant experience. Japan’s bullet trains are clean, comfortable and run on time.

Fastest & Easiest Way to Nozawa Onsen from Nagano Train Station

The fastest and easiest way to get from Nagano Train Station to Nozawa Onsen is to use the express buses from the Nagano Train Station rather than the local trains.

The local trains are difficult to navigate and the express bus will drop you off in the center of Nozawa Onsen where you can easily locate a taxi to take you to your Nozawa Onsen accommodation.

There are frequent and direct buses to Nozawa Onsen. You can find the correct bus stop and the schedule for the express buses at the Nagano Train Station Information Office. The bus stops are just below the east exit escalator at the station.

If you chose to take the local trains you will catch the local train at the Nagano Train Station to Togari Nozawa Onsen Train Station. This train trip will take about 60 minutes.

From the Togari Nozawa Onsen Train Station you can catch a taxi directly to your Nozawa Onsen accommodation or catch a local bus to Nozawa Onsen and then hail a taxi.

The bus ride to Nozawa Onsen will be only about ten minutes.

The cost for a combination train/bus ride to Nozawa Onsen will range between 9,000-13,000 yen per person depending on the arrangements you chose.

From Tokyo To Nozawa By Car Is Not An Easy Trip

Getting to Nozawa Onsen from Tokyo by car, especially in the winter is a not easy trip.

The cost, assuming you are renting a car, is not much less than taking the trains or buses and unless you are comfortable driving Japanese expressways the train or bus seems like a more sensible route.

And remember, since you will likely be coming in the winter anticipate hazardous road conditions especially as you approach Nozawa Onsen.

If you do chose to drive take tire chains, extra antifreeze and your GPS or a good map. First you will drive to Yuzawa via the Kanetsu Expressway.

Then from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi Interchange take routes Route 353 and Route 117 though the mountain range to Nozawa Onsen.

Getting to Nozawa Onsen
Check out this very cool and easy to understand graphic (PDF file) on getting to Nozawa Onsen – includes timetables, prices and timeframes.

Getting Around Town
We have a great map of the town, showing all the areas of interest.  You can find it here.

Leaving Nozawa Onsen
And another great graphical PDF file overview of leaving Nozawa Onsen – timetables, prices and timeframes.

Nozawa Onsen Location

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