Crowds of people traverse the bustling Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, with the evening sky and illuminated city buildings providing a captivating backdrop.

Tokyo to Hakuba

Choose from one of five ways to get to Hakuba from Tokyo. We recommend the bullet train + bus route; however, the bus is the most economical if you’re on a budget.

Bullet Train + Bus from Nagano to Hakuba

Take a bullet train from Tokyo Station to Nagano Station and transfer to the bus from Nagano to Hakuba. This is the fastest way to reach Hakuba from Tokyo. Estimated time and cost for the bullet train and bus: 3 hours, ¥10,400 per adult and ¥5,200 per child.

  • Take the Shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo or Ueno to Nagano Station. Check with Jorudan or Google Maps for precise times, fares, and platform numbers. You can reserve tickets using the Japan Rail online reservation system or Rakuten Travel.
  • At Nagano Station, go to the east exit and find bus stop #26. The bus bound for Hakuba destinations leaves roughly every hour from 8:20 to 20:00, costing ¥2800 per adult and ¥1400 per child. Please check Nagano to Hakuba for the bus timetable.
  • Please remember that the last departing bus to Hakuba from Nagano Station is at 20:10, and you have no public transport options to Hakuba after this time besides the metered taxis.

Tokyo to Hakuba Train

There is no Tokyo to Hakuba bullet train, but there is a direct Azusa Express train from Shinjuku to Hakuba. Estimated time and cost: 3 hours 41 minutes, ¥8,050 for adults (12 and older) and ¥4,020 for kids between 6-11. Children aged five and under are free if they sit in non-reserved seating.

  • Azusa 5: Leaves daily at 8:00 from Shinjuku Station (platform 9) and goes directly to Hakuba Station, arriving at 11:42.
  • Azusa 46: The only direct train (no switching) leaving Hakuba daily at 15:16 and arriving at Shinjuku Station at 19:08.

You can reserve your tickets using the Japan Rail online reservation system.

Tokyo to Hakuba Bus

Overall the Alpico Bus is the cheapest method of transportation from Tokyo to Hakuba. Estimated time and cost: 5 hours, ¥6,400 per adult and ¥3,200 per child.

  • The ride is 5 hours without traffic, with two rest stops. During holidays and weekend commuting times, be prepared for delays.
  • The bus terminal is directly connected to the JR Shinjuku Station New South Gate or across the street from the South exit. For precise times and fares, please check with highwaybus.com. The Bus departs from the 4F and arrives on the 3F.
CompanyJourney fromDepartureArrivalStopAdultChild
JamJamTokyo Station07:1012:00Happo Lawson Store¥7,000 ~¥7,000~
KeioShinjuku Bus Terminal7:3512:48Happo Bus Terminal¥6,400¥3,200
AlpicoShinjuku Bus Terminal9:3514:57Happo Bus Terminal¥6,400¥3,200
KeioShinjuku Bus Terminal10:2515:38Happo Bus Terminal¥6,400¥3,200
AlpicoShinjuku Bus Terminal15:0520:18Happo Bus Terminal¥6,400¥3,200
KeioShinjuku Bus Terminal17:0522:27Happo Bus Terminal¥6,400¥3,200
AlpicoShinjuku Bus Terminal23:056:32Happo Bus Terminal¥6,400¥3,200
JamJamTokyo Station23:405:55Happo Lawson Store¥8,000~¥8,000~

Tokyo to Hakuba Taxi

Another alternative is a chartered taxi. The number of taxi companies offering service to Hakuba has increased in the past few years, making it much easier to get door-to-door private chauffeured service.

CompanyEstimated FareNumber of passengers
Sakura Transfer¥109,000Up to 9
Shoushin Taxi¥79,000Up to 5
Nagano Luxury Taxi¥94,000Up to 5
Luxury Fleet TaxiTime based + tollsUp to 9
Kinoko Taxi¥105,000Up to 9
Chuo Taxi¥122,400Up to 7
Alpico Taxi¥168,700Up to 7

Car Rental from Tokyo to Hakuba

Rent a car in Tokyo and drive to Hakuba. Estimated time and cost: 3 h 30 min; rate depends on car size, but a 4WD Nissan Serena with snow tires will run you around ¥17,270 per day from Nissan Rent A Car. Tolls are approximately ¥7,380 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 tires as a special option with availability, depending on the pick-up location.

We strive to maintain accurate information, but please notify us of any errors or omissions. Thank you.

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