getting to hakuba
From TOKYO (Narita Airport)
Option 1: By Bus or Shared Taxi from Narita Airport. Takes about 4½ to 5½ hours.
This is the easiest and most direct way, as the driver will stow your luggage and equipment saving you the hassle of carrying it on the trains.
We can either book a seat on a direct door to door coach service or a direct door to door service on a shared taxi van. Both will pick you up from the arrival hall at Narita airport. The journey takes 4.5 to 5.5 hours depending on weather & road conditions, there are bathroom stops on the way.
Narita Airport(Bus or shared taxi van)--> Hakuba(Snowlines Lodge).
Option 2: By Train\Bus from Narita Airport. Takes about 3¾ to 4 Hours.
Another option is to take the express train (called the 'NEx') from Narita airport to Tokyo station, then change trains and board the Asama Shinkansen (Bullet Train) to Nagano train station. Once in Nagano, take the East exit and you will find the Hakuba Alpico Bus service that takes you direct to Hakuba (Happo Information Centre) where we can collect you. This bus runs regularly during the day & costs ¥1500 per person, you pay the driver as you board (cash). It's great fun riding on the shinkansen, but if you have kids or a large group it might be easier to take option 1.
Narita Airport(Nartia Express)--> Tokyo Station(Asama Shinkasen)--> Nagano(Alpico Bus Service)--> Hakuba(Happo information Centre).
Option 1: By Bus from Kansai Airport. Takes about 6 hours.
You can catch direct buses from Kansai Airport (Osaka) to Hakuba. Check out Travex Tours for timetables and pricing.
Kansai Airport (Highway Bus)--> Hakuba.
Option 2: By Train from Kansai Airport. Takes about 5½ hours.
You can also take the journey by rail from Kansai Airport to Shin-Osaka (Train station) where you board the Shinkansen to Nagoya. Change at Nagoya for a express train to Matsumoto. Change at Matsumoto for a local train to Hakuba.
Kansai Airport(express train)--> Shin-Osaka(Tokaido Shinkasen)--> Nagoya(Express Train "Shinano")-->Matsumoto(Oita line)--> Hakuba.