There are a number of ways you can get to Nozawa Onsen. We highly recommend using our Shuttle Bus Service, as this shuttle will take you all the way from the airport, to your hotel or inn. Save hassle of carrying your luggage – it’s too easy!
If the shuttle bus does not suit we have other options listed below, plus some helpful information from the staff at Nozawa Holidays.
Our Bus Service from Narita Tokyo to Nozawa Onsen
Snow Shuttle: Two Services per day Morning and Evening.
Runs from December 18th to March 13th
- Adults From 11,000 Yen
- Children 10,000 Yen (4-12yrs)
- Infants Free of charge (3 yrs and under/ no seat gurantee)
Cheaper than the Chuo Taxi and easier than the train if you are arriving in the evening.
Private Direct Charter Bus
233,000 Yen for up to 20 passengers, so a great 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
There is a great shuttle service from Tokyo or Nagoya Airports.
- Costs from Tokyo Airports is from 14,900 yen per person each way Narita. Haneda is 13,900
- Children under 12 are 11,100 yen, Infant 5,800 Yen. Haneda 10,400 and 5,500
- (Prices Current Oct 2017)
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.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ph (Japan): +81 262 82 7777
Just over two years ago train travel too Nozawa Onsen got a whole lot faster! When a new Shinkansen or Bullet Train was opened to operate to nearby Iiyama Station. It took a whole hour or a little more off the journey and you can now get to Nozawa Onsen by train in about 2 Hours and 30 Minutes! The old trip which I have done so many times over the years was however more romantic with a slow old diesel Train from Nagano to Togari Nozawa Onsen station. That still runs to Iiyama station if have the time. Either way you then take the Nozawa Onsen Liner Bus for 600 Yen from Iiyama station up to Nozawa Onsen, or alternatively a Taxi for about 5000 Yen.
From Tokyo Airport
- From Narita or Haneda (Tokyo) Airport take an Express Train to Tokyo or Ueno Station (approx 60-90 min)
- Catch New Shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo to Iiyama Station (approx 100 min)
- Catch Nozawa Onsen Liner bus or taxi from Iiyam Station to Nozawa Onsen Village (approx 20 min)
Here is a great link to Train Travel to Nozawa Onsen and around Japan Train Nozawa Onsen and around Japan
Train – Note it is hard to book Trains and Buses online. Best to do when in Japan.
Car – Getting to Nozawa Onsen
Guests living in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka often come up to Nozawa by car and it is possible and good if you have a big group or think you want to drive to other resorts or villages in the area for day trips. Not many overseas guests will come up by car as it can be a bit tricky to navigate and you wont need a car when in Nozawa Onsen as is a very compact town and you can walk everywhere easily or if need take the shuttle bus or a taxi. Parking can be a problem too as is limited and there is a good chance you will have to dig it out in winter!
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 then you will want a 4wd and winter tyres or take tyre chains, extra antifreeze and your GPS or a good map.
There are a few different routes up from Tokyo and your Google Maps or Navi are your best friend here
One option is to 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.
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 the team at Nozawa Holidays
We look forward to welcoming you to ski Japan soon.
The safest and easiest way to travel to Nozawa Onsen from either Narita or Haneda airports is via our Snow Shuttle Snow Shuttle to Nozawa Onsen
If already in Tokyo then the Bullet Train to Iiyama and Nozawa Onsen Liner from there to Nozawa Onsen. The entire trip from the Narita Airport in Tokyo to your destination will take as little as 2 – 3 Hours by bullet train from Tokyo City and a bit longer by Shuttle at about 5- 6 Hours from the Airports Narita and Haneda
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 or Ueno Train Station you catch the Hokuriku Bullet Train (Hokuriku Shinkansen) directly to the Iiyama Train Station takes about 1 Hour 45 minutes, then transfer to the Nozawa Onsen Bus for the final leg of the trip Just 20 Minutes.
Japan’s bullet trains are clean, comfortable and run on time.
Fastest & Easiest Way to Nozawa Onsen from Nagano Train 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
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
Getting to Nozawa Onsen from Tokyo by car, especially in the winter can be tricky
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 & from Nozawa Onsen
Getting Around Town
We have a great map of the town, showing all the areas of interest. You can find it here.