Transportation

Getting Here

Tips for Traveling to Hakuba

  • If you are traveling to Hakuba from Narita, Haneda, or Tokyo via train you will pass through Nagano Station. Keep in mind the last bus from Nagano Station leaves at 10pm so you will want to arrive at Narita no later than 4pm and at Haneda no later than 5pm. We recommend arriving early afternoon so you don't have to rush. If you arrive at Nagano after 10pm your only choice is a $170 taxi ride to Hakuba.

  • When booking flights to Tokyo, try booking to Haneda versus Narita as it is a little closer to Tokyo and shortens travel times and transportation costs.

  • Depending on the length of your stay and itinerary, the Japan Rail Pass could save you a lot of money. For a seven day trip you will save money with the pass if you take three or more long distance train rides. For a seven to fourteen day trip you will save money if you take five or more long distance train rides. Plus the convenience of flashing your pass to the gate attendant instead of waiting in lines to purchase tickets or deciphering the complicated train routes provides more time to ski pow.

  • Cash is king in Japan as ATM's are sparse and many of the restaurants in Hakuba do not accept credit cards. Change all the money you need for the trip at the currency exchange in the airport to make your life easier. Or else you will be forever hunting for ATM's and getting crushed by the fees. Mizuho Bank seems to have competitive exchange rates. There is a Mizuho currency exchange in Narita and Haneda.

  • Traveling with ski equipment through the crowded train stations of Japan is a hassle. Japan has a nationwide luggage transport service called Yamato Ta-Q-Bin (aka Black Cat) and is surprisingly cheap (about $25 per bag from Hakuba to Narita or Haneda). If tomorrow is going to be a pow day it's worth your time to keep your equipment with you as the service takes about 36 hours. If you plan on spending a day in Tokyo on the end of your trip, we can arrange pick up at Base Hotel and it will be delivered to your departure terminal at Narita or Haneda. Both Haneda and Narita have Yamato Ta-Q-Bin desks right outside the arrival gates. If traveling from Tokyo, many of the convenience stores can provide the service. We love "Black Cat" because it allows us to travel luggage free and wander the streets of Tokyo without skis in tow.

  • Since public transportation is amazing in Japan we don't see the need to drive to Hakuba. Besides the trains are faster and skips traffic. If you really want to drive be sure to get an International Driver's Permit in your respective country before you arrive. The WAZE app will also let you know where all the camera speed traps are.

  • A smart phone with service in Japan will make your life so much easier. If you are coming from the United States, T-mobile has a plan which allows your phone to work in most countries all around the world for no extra charge. Also there are booths at Haneda and Narita selling sim cards for use in Japan. Using Google Maps for public transit routes is the easiest way to navigate Japan. Basically if you have data service in Japan, you can skip reading all the transit directions below because it will provide you with real time routes.


From Narita International Airport (NRT)

  • Train - This is the fastest way to get to Base Hotel. Take the Narita Express to Tokyo Station. Transfer to the Hokuriku Shinkansen and get off at Nagano Station. Take a left out of Nagano Station and go to Bus Stand 26. Take the Alpico Bus to Hakuba Bus Station. Catch a taxi to Base Hotel.

  • Direct Airport Shuttle - This service is amazing because it takes you directly from the airport to the front door of Base Hotel. No transfers or lugging your ski equipment around. A one way fare cost 15,900 yen.

  • Bus - The direct bus from Narita to Hakuba is nice because you don't have to deal with carrying your luggage when transferring trains and buses. It is also the last option if you get in after 6pm at Narita and will miss the 10pm bus from Nagano to Hakuba. There are two bus companies providing direct bus service to Hakuba. Links to their timetables below. The 8:30pm direct bus gets you into Hakuba at 1:30am but it is really hard to get a taxi at that hour. If you are going to get in at 1:30am please let us know at Base Hotel and we will make arrangements for self check-in.

  • Car - Directions via Google Maps

From Haneda International Airport (HND)

 
  • Train - Take the Tokyo Monorail to Tokyo Station or Uneo Station. Transfer to the Hokuriku Shinkansen and get off at Nagano Station. Take a left out of Nagano Station and go to Bus Stand 26. Take the Alpico Bus to Hakuba Bus Station. Catch a taxi to Base Hotel.

  • Direct Airport Shuttle - This service is amazing because it takes you directly from the airport to the front door of Base Hotel. No transfers or lugging your ski equipment around. A one way fare cost 15,900 yen.

  • Bus - The direct bus from Haneda to Hakuba is nice because you don't have to deal with carrying your luggage when transferring trains and buses. Both direct bus services leaving for Hakuba from Haneda depart at 7:30am and 7:40am. Since most international flights arrive in the afternoon you have the option of taking the Tokyo Monorail to Shinjuku Station and transfering to Shinjuku Bus Station where they have afternoon and evening buses.

  • Car - Directions via Google Maps

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Getting Around

Getting Around Hakuba

 

Japan has dizzying array of public transportation options and the Hakuba Valley is no different. The most important of these are the Free Ski Shuttles which get you to the mountain and back.  After all we are here for the pow. Below we detail the free ski shuttles and list other ways of getting around the expansive Hakuba Valley.  The closest bus stops to the Base Hotel are Bear Cafe and Base Camp.  These two stops are important because they are the gateway to the valley and the rest of Japan.


Free Ski Shuttles

Most resorts have a dedicated free shuttle from Base Camp or Bear's Cafe bus stop.  Some of the resorts require the purchase of a Hakuba All Valley Ski Pass (ski ticket for all 9 mountains) for free bus rides. Below we detail how to get to each resort.

 

Happo One / Iwatake

Bus #3 from Bear's Cafe bus stop or Base Camp bus stop will get you to Nakiyama Slope and Iwatake Gondola at Happo One.  

This shuttle will get you to Nakiyama Slope base srea and Iwatake Gondola base area at Happo-One.

This shuttle will get you to Nakiyama Slope base srea and Iwatake Gondola base area at Happo-One.

This shuttle will get you to Nakiyama Slope base srea and Sakka base area at Happo-One

This shuttle will get you to Nakiyama Slope base srea and Sakka base area at Happo-One

 

Goryu

Goryu has two base areas which are Escal Plaza and Iimori. We like to start at Escal Plaza because of the food options and location. For Escal Plaza use D route from Base Camp or Bear's Cafe.  For Iimori use 1 route from Base Camp or 2 route from Bear's Cafe.

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Hakuba 47

For Hakuba 47 use C route from Bear's Cafe or use G route from Base Camp.

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Tsugaike

For Tsugaike use bus #9 from Base Camp. This Bus operates from December 14, 2018 to March 31, 2019.

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Cortina

For Cortina you have to get to the Hakuba Happo One Bus Terminal.  You can get to the Hakuba Happo One Bus Terminal with the #3 Happo-One Shuttle from Base Camp or Bear's Cafe.  The Shuttle from the Hakuba Happo One Bus Terminal to Cortina will cost you 500 yen unless you have a Hakuba All Valley Ticket. You will have to show the ticket before getting on the bus.

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Norikura

For Norikura you will have to get to the Hakuba Happo One Bus Terminal. You can get to the Hakuba Happo One Bus Terminal with the #3 Happo-One Shuttle. The Shuttle from the Hakuba Happo One Bus Terminal to Norikura will cost you 500 yen unless you have a Hakuba All Valley Ticket. You will have to show the ticket before getting on the bus.

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Kashimayari / Jiigatake

For Kasimayari and Jiigatake take the HV-1 Omachi Line from the Hakuba Happo Bus Terminal. You can get to the Hakuba Happo One Bus Terminal with the #3 Happo-One Shuttle.

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Hakuba Valley Shuttle Bus

In addition to each individual resort shuttles there is a valley wide shuttle which runs to each of the 9 resorts in the valley. The closest stops is at the entrance of Base Camp Lot if headed towards Cortina and the stop directly across the street in front of Spicy Ski/Snowboard Shop heads in the direction of Goryu.

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Taxi

The Taxis are the fastest way to get around. They are always on time or a little early so be outside waiting if you agree on a time. You are welcome to use the phone at reception to call a taxi. Here's how you order a taxi in Japanese. Moshi Moshi - Hello. Takushī o chūmon suru. - I'd like to order a taxi. Ima. - Now. Base Hotel kara. - From Base Hotel.

  • Alps Taxi - +81 261-72-2221

  • Hakubakanko Taxi - +81 261-72-2144

  • Alpico Taxi - +81 261-72-2236