There are several options when it comes to getting to Nagano City.
Direct “shuttle bus” transfers from Narita Airport. Easy – picked up from the airport, luggage packed on.
Shinkansen (Bullet Train). Fastest option and an easy, comfortable trip.
Highway Buses departing Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Matsumoto and more. Cheap and comfortable option.
JR Rail Network direct trains. In general the cheaper the ticket, the more stops there are and the longer the trip takes.
Details About Getting to Nagano
For detailed transport information from several main cities please click the links below.
For detailed train times, and if the place you are traveling from is not included below, you can do a quick search for train prices and timetables on Jorudan – just find the name of the station closest to where you will be staying and search from there to Nagano as shown below. Remember trains leave on the minute sharp! Click here to do your own search on Jorudan.
Click to go to our Narita to Nagano page for details about trains, buses and shuttle buses.
Click to go to our Tokyo to Nagano page for details about trains and buses.
Click to go to our Matsumoto to Nagano page for details about the train.
Click to go to our Nagoya to Nagano page for details about trains and buses.
From Osaka & Kyoto
Click to go to our Osaka to Nagano or Kyoto to Nagano page for details about trains and buses.
Luggage Forwarding Service
Getting to Nagano doesn’t have to be a hassle. If you will be spending time travelling before heading to the mountains then think about sending gear direct to your accommodation in Nagano and traveling light.
The courier company known as “Kuroneko” (“Black Cat”), Yamato Takkyubin, is reliable (this is Japan remember), reasonable (around ¥2,500 for a snowboard bag stuffed full) and fast – 1-2 days depending on time of sending. Look for the yellow cat logo (left) at the airport.
- Japan Guide – Nagano Travel: Access, Transportation, and Orientation
- Go Nagano – Official Travel Guide of Nagano
- Wikitravel – Nagano Travel Guide
What’s Missing from “Getting to Nagano”?
Do you know another way of getting to Nagano from any of Japan’s main areas? If so, let us know by commenting below!