Choose from one of three ways to get to Hakuba from Kyoto. We recommend the bullet train + express train + bus combo as the most comfortable.
Kyoto to Hakuba Bullet Train + Express Train + Bus
Bullet train from Kyoto Station to Nagoya Station, transfer to the Shinano express train to Nagano Station and transfer to the bus from Nagano to Hakuba. This is the easiest way to reach Hakuba from Kyoto. Great News! Overseas travellers now have access to the JR train reservation system and can make reservations here. Estimated time and cost for the bullet train and bus: 4 hours, ¥10,840 per adult and ¥5,900 per child.
A new scenic route through Kanazawa has opened up with the completion of the Hokuriku Shinkansen. Take the limited express train from Kyoto to Kanazawa, and switch to the bullet train going to Nagano at Kanazawa. Once you get to Nagano, you can take the bus or a chartered taxi to Hakuba. Estimated time and cost for train and bus: 4.5 hours, ¥15,890 per adult and ¥8,000 per child.
Bus from Kyoto to Hakuba
There is a Kyoto to Hakuba overnight bus from Kyoto Station to Happo Bus Terminal. It leaves around 23:55 and arrives at approximately 6:55 in the morning. Estimated time and cost: 7 hours, ¥9,300 per adult and ¥4,650 per child.
|Jam Jam||Kyoto||22:15||6:40||Happo Lawson Store||¥6,000 ~||¥6,000 ~|
|Alpico||Kyoto||23:55||6:55||Happo Bus Terminal||¥9,300||¥4,650|
Car Rental from Kyoto to Hakuba
Rent a car in Kyoto and drive to Hakuba. Estimated time and cost: 4 h 50 min; rate depends on car size, but a Toyota Noah will run you around ¥18,000 per day from Toyota Rent a Car. Tolls are approximately ¥6,290 if you use the toll road.
Please remember that if you are coming to Hakuba in the wintertime, you will need to reserve a 4WD with winter tyres as a special option with availability depending on the pick-up location.
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