There are two international airports servicing the city of Tokyo – Narita Airport located on the eastern coast of Japan, or Haneda Airport located closer to Tokyo city.
SHINKANSEN (Bullet Train): From Haneda or Narita Airports, travel to Tokyo Train Station and take the Hakutaka Shinkansen on the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line to Iiyama Station. The trip from Tokyo Station to Iiyama takes less than 2 hours (slightly longer if you select a service which changes at Nagano Station). There are multiple Hakutaka services to choose from during the day, all offering comfort and style. The timetable can be viewed on the JR-East or HyperDia websites.
From Iiyama Station, take one of the regular Nozawa Liner shuttle buses or a taxi for the 15-minute drive to Nozawa Onsen and Kenashi. A full timetable of Shinkansen and Nozawa Bus Service times is below (note that timetables are subject to change by the relevant transportation companies).
Once you arrive, Kenashi’s Manager will help you with your bags over the short 60-meter snowy path to Kenashi.
From Narita Airport, you can take the Narita Express Shinkansen or bus service to Tokyo Station, and then onto the Hakutaka line shinkansen train to Iiyama Station, per above.
TRAVELLING to and from NOZAWA using SHINKANSEN and NOZAWA BUS SERVICE.
Dates 17 Dec to mid-March
|COMING to NOZAWA : Hakutaka Shinkansen ➞ Nozawa Bus Service|
|Depart Tokyo Stn||6:28am||7:52am||8:44am||9:32am /
|Arrive Iiyama Stn||8:19am||9:43am||10:34am||11:19am /
|Change to Local Nozawa Onsen Liner Bus Service (Adult JPY600; Child (7-12) JPY300)|
|Chuo Bus Terminal||9:10am||10:25am||11:15am||12:55pm||2:50pm||4:50pm||7:20pm||8:40pm||9:40pm|
|*The bus leaves from Madarao exit until the end of December|
|LEAVING NOZAWA : Nozawa Bus Service ➞ Hakutaka Shinkansen|
|Chuo Bus Terminal||6:30am||7:30am||8:30am||9:30am||11:00am||1:10pm||3:10pm||5:10pm||6:30pm|
|Change to Hakutaka Shinkansen|
|Depart Iiyama Stn||7:29am||8:39am||9:39am||10:37am||12:11pm||2:11pm||4:05pm||6:09pm||7:25pm|
|Arrive Tokyo Stn||9:20am||10:40am||11:40am||12:40pm||1:52pm||3:52pm||5:52pm||8:00pm||9:16pm|
|Shinkansen to Kanazawa leaving at||8:19am||9:43am||10:34am||12:20pm||2:09pm||4:09pm||6:23pm||8:06pm||9:07pm|
NAGANO SNOW SHUTTLE: Another option is to take the Nagano Snow Shuttle service.
General information: http://www.naganosnowshuttle.com/
Timetable and fares Narita to Nozawa Onsen: http://www.naganosnowshuttle.com/Route_Narita.aspx
Timetable and fares Nozawa Onsen to Narita: http://www.naganosnowshuttle.com/Route_Nozawa.aspx
TAXI BUS: Another option is to take the efficient Chuo Taxi service that offers buses from either Haneda or Narita Airport direct to Nozawa Onsen and is almost door-to-door. The cost is approximately JPY 12,900 per person each way and children under 12 are around JPY 8,400 while an infant is JPY 3,300. This will take approximately just over 5.5 hours depending on traffic and weather conditions. To make a reservation, fill in the English reservation form at http://www.chuotaxi.co.jp/publics/index/10, or email email@example.com. Koide-san is the English speaking assistant at Chuo Taxi, or Ph. (Japan): +81 262 82 7777. Cancellation policies apply.