Nagano To Hakuba

Nagano to Hakuba

Choose from one of three ways to get to Hakuba from Nagano. If you have your arrival time, we suggest taking a chartered jumbo taxi, especially if traveling with a larger group. This option can save around 30 minutes and take you directly to your accommodation. For smaller groups, the best way to get to Hakuba is by taking the bus from Nagano.

Nagano to Hakuba Bus

The most common way for travelers to get to Hakuba from Nagano Station is by bus, which takes about an hour. The bus ride costs ¥2800 for adults and ¥1400 for children between the ages of 6 and 11. Children under 5 can ride for free if they don't need a seat.

  • To purchase bus tickets to Hakuba, go to the JR Ticket Office, located to your right, as you exit the bullet train gates. You can also buy tickets from the bus driver at bus stop #26. Please note that the vending machine in the ticket office only accepts cash.
  • To get to bus stop #26, take the elevator on the left side of the east exit of Nagano Station down to the ground floor. From there, walk to the bus stop to catch the Alpico bus bound for Hakuba.
  • During the winter season, the last bus to Hakuba departs from Nagano Station at 20:30. If you miss the last bus, regular metered taxis are still available, but chartered jumbo taxis may not be available on short notice.
  • Most buses cannot be reserved, so if the bus is full, they usually put another bus into service on short notice.
  • When you arrive in Hakuba, getting off at the Happo Bus Terminal (also called the Happo Information Centre) is best. This bus stop is centrally located and has an English-speaking help desk, free Wi-Fi, a coffee shop, bathrooms, and an indoor waiting area.

Nagano to Hakuba Bus Timetable (Dec 16, 2023 ~ Mar 31, 2024)

Nagano Station East Exit (stop #26)7:558:05#8:258:30*9:109:5010:2511:2011:30*12:00#13:0014:00#14:3015:1015:45*17:1018:2020:30#
Goryu9:009:3010:1510:5511:3012:2514:0515:3516:1518:1519:25
Hakuba Station9:059:359:4510:2011:0011:3512:3012:4514:1015:4016:2017:0018:2019:30
Happo Bus Terminal9:109:309:4010:2511:0511:4012:3513:2514:1515:2515:4516:2518:2519:3521:55

* Can be reserved on the Nagano Snow Shuttle.

# Can be reserved on Alpico Bus.

Hakuba to Nagano Bus Timetable (Dec 16, 2023 ~ Mar 31, 2024)

Happo Bus Terminal6:308:209:2010:2011:3013:4514:4515:25#16:2517:1517:55
Hakuba Station6:358:258:55*9:2510:2510:55*11:3513:5014:10*14:5016:3017:2018:00
Goryu6:408:309:3010:3011:4013:5514:5516:3517:2518:05
Nagano Station7:509:3510:1010:3511:3512:1012:4515:0015:2516:0016:5017:4018:3019:10

* Can be reserved on the Nagano Snow Shuttle.

# Can be reserved on the Alpico.

Nagano to Hakuba Taxi

Six different companies offer a chartered jumbo taxi service from Nagano Station, but please remember that you need to know the exact arrival time of your bullet train to book this service. If you don't have this information, the taxi companies will not accept your booking. The estimated time for the ride is one hour.

  • Due to the potential lack of availability and slow response times from the taxi companies, we highly recommend reserving this service weeks in advance, especially during peak times like holidays and weekends. You can use the booking buttons below to make a reservation.
  • If you need a regular taxi, you can now use the Grab App to book one from Nagano to Hakuba.
  • You must know your bullet train number or arrival time at Nagano Station to book a jumbo taxi.
CompanyUp to 7 PassengersPaymentPhone
Alpico Taxi¥31,300Credit Card or Cash+81 261 232 347
Chuo Taxi¥32,210Credit Card or Cash+81 26 282 7777
Nagano Kanko Taxi¥31,210*Cash only+81 26 222 1234
Sakura Kanko Taxi¥27,110Credit Card or Cash+81 26 243 3663
Alps Daiichi Kotsu TaxiBy Meter: Approximately ¥30,000Credit Card or Cash+81 261 72 2221
Nagaden Taxi¥28,210Credit Card or Cash+81 262 41 3255

* Nagano Kanko Taxi charges an extra ¥12,400 for Hakuba to Nagano. Total of ¥43,400.

Rent a Car in Nagano

Renting a car at Nagano Station and driving to Hakuba is a great way to avoid the wait and cost for the bus to Hakuba and have the convenience of a vehicle to get around the Hakuba Valley during your stay. The estimated time and cost is about 1 hour, and the cost depends on the size of the car. For instance, a Toyota Noah will cost around ¥18,000 per day from Toyota Rent a Car.

  • It's important to note that if you are traveling to Hakuba during the winter months, you will need to reserve a 4WD with winter tires as an additional option with availability, depending on the pick-up location.

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