Getting Here - Nozawa Onsen

Transportation Overview

Nozawa Onsen is within easy reach for foreign guests, with hassle-free connections from major airports and cities. Depending on your budget, group size, and preference, you may choose bus, train or taxi travel. Details for each method can be found below.
Train Travel to Nozawa Onsen

Train Travel to Nozawa Onsen

The most accessible train station for travelling to Nozawa Onsen is the Iiyama Station located on the Hokuriku Bullet Train Line, established in 2015. The iiyama bullet train station is directly connected to Tokyo, and Kanazawa, so you conveniently connect to other top-class tourist destinations in Japan.

To travel to Nozawa Onsen ski resort from Iiyama Station, take a 30 minute bus ride up to the picturesque ski village, the bus schedule conveniently matches up with bullet train arrival times.

From Tokyo: Take the JR Hokuriku Line bullet train from Tokyo station to Iiyama station and arrive in just under 2 hours.
From Osaka or Kyoto: Take the Thunderbird limited express train to Kanazawa station and transfer to Hokuriku Line bullet train, a one and a half hour ride will get you to Iiyama station.
From Nagoya: Take the limited express Shinano train to Nagano station and transfer to Hokuriku Line bullet train, Iiyama is one stop away and just 10 minutes ride on the bullet train. If there are no quick connections to a bullet train, consider the 45 minute local train running on the JR Iiyama Line.

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Japan Rail Pass: For travellers visiting cities either side of the ski resort stay, a Japan Rail Pass is a fantastic investment, allowing unlimited train travel on most Japan Rail trains, for periods of 7, 14 or 21 days to suit your travel schedule.
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Private Transfer to Nozawa Onsen

Private Transfer to Nozawa Onsen

Private jumbo taxis, regular size taxis, microbuses and other vehicles can be arranged to meet the needs of your group. For larger groups, a pre-booked private transfer is the most simple and hassle-free option.

Enjoy total peace of mind with door to door service. Your group will be met by the driver holding a name card with your confirmed booking name, then shown to your vehicle. Ride right to the door of your accommodation, with comfort breaks scheduled on longer journeys.

Sample prices for 7-seater jumbo taxi 2018-2019 season:

Tokyo Narita Airport -> Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort - 100,800 yen
Tokyo Haneda Airport -> Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort - 93,200 yen
Iiyama Train Station -> Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort - 12,300 yen
Nagano Train Station -> Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort - 21,000 yen

Please kindly note prices may be subject to change without notice.

Ski Japan Holidays can arrange a variety of routes depending on your requirements, please feel free to discuss with us your needs.

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Airport Shuttle Bus to Nozawa Onsen

Airport Shuttle Bus to Nozawa Onsen

The Nagano Snow Shuttle is a direct service running from Tokyo's Narita and Haneda Airports directly through to the ski resort offering transportation in both directions. There are two scheduled comfort stops where you can pick up drinks and snacks, as well as use restroom facilities. The bright purple buses are easily identifiable as are the staff who also wear purple uniforms, which make your flight to bus transfer a breeze. Nagano Snow Shuttle provides the most comprehensive airport to resort, and inter-resort services at great value. Check out the schedules and do not hesitate to inquire about how we can help to streamline transfers during your Japan Ski Holiday.

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Inter-resort Travel to Nozawa Onsen

Inter-resort Travel to Nozawa Onsen

Shuttle buses between the region’s most popular ski resorts are available. Myoko Kogen, Hakuba, Nozawa Onsen and Shiga Kogen are just over 2 hours from each other, and if you plan to visit more than one resort the inter-resort shuttle will be your most convenient mode of transport. This year a new route to and from Madarao ski resort has also been introduced, take advantage of this new addition and explore the famous Madarao powder and tree runs, and relax in the warm hospitality Japanese is so well known for.

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Shared Transfer to Nozawa Onsen

Shared Transfer to Nozawa Onsen

Shared Transfers are a convenient way to travel between Tokyo airports and ski resorts in Nagano Prefecture. These transfers are available from Tokyo Narita and Tokyo Haneda airports through to Nozawa Onsen, and also in the opposite direction from Nozawa Onsen back to the airport. This is a stress-free seamless travel option; a driver will meet you at your airport arrival gate with a name card and show you to the vehicle, and you will be taken right to the front door of your ski resort accommodation.

Generally the vehicle provided is a jumbo taxi, and up to seven people travelling to the Nagano area will be scheduled to ride together. During busy periods when many people are travelling to the Nagano area at once, a large coach bus may be provided instead. Please note there is no specific departure time, your transfer will depart once all other passengers scheduled to join the ride have arrived; however this service is scheduled so that the longest duration between flight arrival and shared transfer departure is 90 minutes.

Narita Airport to Nozawa Onsen Transfer Prices for 2018-2019 season:

Adult / from 17,200 yen per person
Children 7-12 yrs / 12,000 yen per person
Infant 0-6 yrs / 6,500 yen per person

Haneda Airport to Nozawa Onsen Transfer Prices for 2018-2019 season:

Adult / from 16,200 yen per person
Children 7-12 yrs / 11,400 yen per person
Infant 0-6 yrs / 6,200 yen per person

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Rental Car Travel to Nozawa Onsen

Rental Car Travel to Nozawa Onsen

If you plan to rent a vehicle to drive to Nozawa Onsen, the closest English speaking rental service will be in iiyama city at the base of Nozawa Onsen: ToCoo!

Please note parking will be very tight in Nozawa Onsen, so please contact your travel agent or hotel ahead of time to inform you will be arriving by car and require a parking space.

Foreign visitors to Japan will require not only their valid driver’s license from their own country, but also a valid international driver’s license.