When using JR note that each train has a base fare, then a surcharge for express trains and shinkansen bullet trains. When purchasing a ticket on this route at Narita Airport you will get 3 tickets. For peace of mind always go for the Reserved Seat Option.
  1. A Base Fare ticket from Narita Airport to Nagano
  2. An Express Ticket for the Narita Express Train from Narita Airport to Toyko Station. This will have your car and seat number on it.
  3. A Super Express Ticket for the Hokuriku Shinkansen Bullet train from Tokyo to Iiyama. This will have your car and seat number on it.

Here's how you do it!

Narita Airport to Tokyo Station
  1. At Terminal 1 or Terminal 2 at Narita Airport head down to the basement and head to the JR ticket window. Purchase a ticket all the way to Nagano. 
  2. Check the ticket for the departure time, and check the platform number on the overhead signs neat the ticket gate entrance.
  3. At the Ticket Gate insert tickets 1 & 2 from above (Base Fare and Express Ticket). Remember to collect your tickets as you pass through the gate. It will pop up about 3/4 of the way down the Ticket Gate.
  4. Head down to the platform and locate your car number as designated on the platform.
  5. Board your train and take your assigned seats. There is luggage storage at the front of the car.
  6. This train takes about 60-75 minutes to get to Tokyo Station

Arrival at Tokyo Station (this is where it gets confusing)
  1. You'll be arriving at Underground platforms #1-4 (Note that there are three different platforms #1-4 at Tokyo Station, but as long as you think Underground you'll be right).
  2. On exiting the train, you need to get yourself to the Shinkansen Bullet Train platforms #20-23.
  3. First thing to do is to catch the escalators up to the main concourse. There are very long single escalators, and also combined ones (where you get off one and the on to another).
  4. Follow the icons on the signs with a Green Bullet train (not the blue one).
  5. On arrival at the Shinkansen ticket gate, check the platform number.
  6. At this ticket gate you will need to insert tickets #1 and #3 above (again remember to collect them again as you pass through the ticket gate
  7. Take the escalator up to the correct platform and find your assigned car.
  8. Allow a minimum of 20 minutes between trains. More if it is your first time.
  9. Note, the trains generally arrive about 15 minutes before departure, but need to be cleaned before you can board.

Tokyo to Iiyama
  1. There are 3 types of trains that run on this line.
    The Kagayaki Train is the fastest train. It only stops at Ueno, Omiya, Nagano and Toyama before the destination Kanazawa.
    The Hakutaka Train heads also Kanazawa. It stops at more stations along the way. Again all trains carry on to Kanazawa, so that is listed as the destination on the train.
    The slowest train is the Asama. The train stops at most stations between Tokyo and Nagano. It ends in Nagano, so the destination in the window of the train is Nagano.
    You can only take the Hakutaka Train on this line. The other trains (Kagayaki & Asama) do not stop at Iiyama Station. There is only train per hour. Travel time is approx 110 min.
  2. Note that there is very limited storage space on these trains as most Japanese do not travel with large luggage (they send it on ahead via courier). If traveling with a lot of luggage (especially skis / boards) it can be difficult (and uncomfortable) to travel this way.

Arrival at Iiyama
  1. At Iiyama Station you arrive at platform 12 at 2/F. There are staircase and escalator at the middle of the platform.
  2. 1/F is the main concourse level. Exit through the Main Exit ticket gates (you don't get your tickets back here), head to Chikumashikawa Exit. There are staircase and escalator on the right. Take one of them down to the ground floor.
  3. Walk down to Bus Stop 1. There are 2 buses depart from bus stop 1, take the Express Tangram line. The bus stops at Madarao Kogen Hotel and Tangram Madarao. The bus connects the arrival time of the shinkansen from Tokyo.

Iiyama to Madarao Kogen
  1. This trip takes 30 minutes to Madarao Kogen Hotel, and 50 minutes to Tangram Madarao depending on road and weather conditions.
  2. The last stop is Tangram Madarao.

Fares / Travel Times
  1. Narita to Iiyama Trains - Fare 11,000yen - Travel Time approx 3.5 - 4 hours
  2. Iiyama to Madarao Kogen Hotel- Fare 700yen - Travel Time 30 minutes
  3. Iiyama to Tangram Madarao- Fare 900yen - Travel Time 50 minutes
  4. Total: Approx 12,000yen per person - Travel Time including transfer and waiting time approx 4.5 -5 hours
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