Getting To Nozawa Onsen

There are a number of ways of Getting 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 Train Tips.

By Bus

Our Bus Service from Narita Tokyo Getting to Nozawa Onsen

Snow ShuttleTwo Services per day Morning and Evening.

Runs from December 18th to March 13th


  • Adults From 10,500 Yen
  • Children 9,500 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.

See The Timetable & Book Your Seat Now!

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

Chuo Taxi

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

  • Costs from Tokyo is 12,900 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.

By Train

Train – Note it is hard to book Trains and Buses on line. Best to do when in Japan.

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)

By 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 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 somewhere around four to four and a half hours by train and a bit longer by Shuttle.

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.

timetable-thumbGetting to & from Nozawa Onsen
Check out this very cool and Arriving Nozawa Timetable (March 2017) – 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.

Getting to Nozawa Onsen Japan Ski

Great Access Map on getting to Nozawa Onsen