Travel to Nozawa Onsen

We’ve prepared a table of the most popular ways to get from Narita International Airport (near Tokyo) to Nozawa Onsen in the Japanese Alps, 260km away. 

We recommend the Bullet Train for anyone arriving before 5pm and the Nagano Snow Shuttle or Chuo Taxi for anyone arriving after 5pm and who wish to stay in Nozawa Onsen that night.

We are more than happy to help you with your travel arrangements to Hakuba. We can also make a reservation for the Nagano Snow Shuttle for you. 

Bullet Train
4 Hours
Nagano Snow

6 Hours 
Highway Bus
5- 6 Hours
Shared Taxi
4.5 – 6 hrs*
Skyliner #8 to
Ueno Train Station
(45 min)
Narita Airport direct to Nozawa Departs:
9:30am, 12;45pm, 3:30pm & 8:30pm
Shinjuku To Nagano
(3.5 mins)
Narita Airport 
direct to 
 Holiday Home Nozawa
to Iiyama (109 min)
Nagano to Nozawa
(Last Bus Departs 16:10)  
Express Bus #20
To Nozawa Onsen

Convert Yen to Your Currency:


10,890 Yen
Adult fare:
10,900 Yen 
Adult fare:
5,500 Yen
Adult fare:
12,900 Yen
Express Bus:
Adult: 700 Yen
Child: 350 yen
  Child fare:
2,750 Yen
Child fare:
9,100 Yen


Quickest way to get to Nozawa Onsen and affordable for those with JR rail passes. There's 3 connections, but they're well synchronized.

  1. Catch the Narita Express to Tokyo Train Station
  2. Transfer through to the Shinkansen terminals marked with green train symbol and catch the Asama Shinkansen. The Asuma bullet trains generally runs every 30 minutes during the day.
  3. At Ilyama Station, go to the east exit and find bus stop to Nozawa Onsen.

This bus leaves every 60 minutes from 8:20 to 17:00 and costs 1,200 yen. Please check with the Alpico website for updated times and info. Please remember that the last departing bus to Nozawa Onsen from Nagano station is at 5pm but if arriving after that time you can catch either the local train or bullet train to Ilyama. If you arrive into Nagano late and wish to stay the night there is a Comfort Inn on the West side of the station that is affordable (walk over train tracks to west then turn right and walk up about 400m). There is a International ATM located in the 7/11 Convenience store opposite the escalators and stairs on the East side of the train station, this is a good place to get additional cash for your stay as International ATM's are limited in Nozawa Onsen like most of Japan.

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The Snow Shuttle has two departures from Narita Airport every day at 9:30am, 12:45pm, 3:30pm & 8:30pm from December 18th to March 15th*.

This is a door to door service like the Chuo shared taxi but can take longer if waiting for delayed flights and dropping many guests off at their hotels. Those wanting the easiest travel option for a small amount extra you should consider the Chuo shared taxi which will generally be quicker. 

We can make the reservation for you and arrange a late night check in simply provide us the names of those travelling with you and your flight number.

*some services operate between 26th December to 23rd February.

chuo-taxi.jpgSHARED TAXI

Hassle Free transfer to Nozawa Onsen.

Although not the cheapest option a shared taxi will meet you at the airport and drop you directly in Nozawa. Convenient for families with children as it saves you from navigating around train stations and lugging your luggage around. Prices are set per person and no discount is provided if a return ticket is purchased. Bookings do need to be made 5 days prior. View their website for more info.

alpico-bus.jpgHIGHWAY BUS

Best option for one way trips and for those who do not purchase a JR Rail pass.

Easy and affordable (4,850 yen one way) to get from Tokyo to Nagano. Be careful as there is a limited number of departures per day (6 per day 3 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon, see timetable below) The ride is generally 4 hours with two rest stops on the way if there is no traffic jams. During holidays and weekend commuting times, be prepared for delayed times.

To find the bus terminal, exit Shinjuku Station on the west side and follow the signs, or exit on the street level and cross the street and turn left, go one block and turn right. The terminal is across from Yodabashi Camera.

Check out the Alpico website for additional information.


Route Option #1 - South and West part of Tokyo

  1. Take the Chuo Expressway to the Okaya Junction and then turn onto the Nagano Expressway following the signs to Nagano.
  2. At Noagano switch to the Nagano Expressway and continue on the highway and take the Exit number 13 for Toyota & Ilyama there has recently been a small Nozawa Onsen sign added to the bottom of the existing sign.

Route Option #2 - North and East Tokyo

  1. Take the Kanetsu Expressway to the Fujioka Junction and then turn onto the Joshinetsu Expressway following the Nagano signs.
  2. At Nagano switch to the Nagano Expressway and continue on the highway and take the Exit number 13 for Toyota & Ilyama there has recently been a small Nozawa Onsen sign added to the bottom of the existing sign.