Getting to Hakuba
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Chuo Taxi is the most hassle-free way of getting to Hakuba from Haneda, and Narita Airport, with a Toyota HiAce van meeting your party at the airport and transferring you to the front door of your accommodation in Hakuba, all for ¥15,900 per adult and with lower fares for children. For a group of 7 adults or more, taxis can be chartered, meaning your taxi is private and there is no waiting on other passengers. (groups smaller than 7 adults can secure a private van by paying the rate for 7 adults, thus ensuring they do not need to wait on any other parties)
For flights arriving at Narita, you have a cheaper alternative with the Nagano Snow Shuttle, which will take you from Narita Airport directly to Hakuba for ¥8,500 per adult, ¥6,375 for kids between the ages of 5 to 12, and free for children 4 and under with no seat assignment. The bus departs from Narita twice daily at 9:45 in the morning and 20:00 in the evening.
If your flight arrives at Narita early in the morning, the Highland Express Direct Bus Service (Alpico Bus Group) is an additional alternative to the Chuo Taxi. Adults are ¥9,000 and kids are between the ages of 6 to 12 are ¥6,500, with children 5 and under free if they have no seat assignment. The bus leaves Narita at 8:25 and arrives in Hakuba Happo at 14:21. Highland Express also has a bus route from Hakuba to Tokyo. (Shinjuku)
By train it's easiest to use either the Jorudan or Hyperdia train route finder to find your way to Nagano station. These sites will give you several alternative train routes you can take to get to your destination, including the cheapest and fastest route. From gate 26 on the east side of Nagano station, you can catch the bus bound for Hakuba, which leaves roughly once per hour from 8:15 to 21:45 and costs ¥1,800 yen. For a precise bus timetable for the 2015/16 winter season please check below...
NAGANO TO HAKUBA BUS TIMETABLE
|Nagano Station -||8:25||9:10||9:40||10:20||11:10||11:40||12:10||13:30||15:00||15:50||17:10||18:10||19:10||20:40||22:00|
|Hakuba Station -||9:30||10:15||10:45||11:25||12:15||12:45||13:15||14:35||16:05||16:55||18:15||19:15||20:15||21:45||23:05|
|Happo Bus Terminal -||9:35||10:20||10:50||11:30||12:20||12:50||13:20||14:40||16:10||17:00||18:20||19:20||20:20||21:50||23:10|
HAKUBA TO NAGANO BUS TIMETABLE
|Happo Bus Terminal -||6:30||8:20||9:20||10:20||11:15||12.15||13:15||13:55||15:05||15:55||16:25||17:15||17:55||18:40|
|Hakuba Station -||6:35||8:25||9:25||10:25||11:20||12:20||13:20||14:00||15:10||16:00||16:30||17:20||18:00||18:45|
|Nagano Station -||7:50||9:35||10:35||11:35||12:30||13:30||14:30||15:10||16:20||17:10||17:40||18:30||19:10||19:55|