Haneda Airport to Hamamatsu Cho Station
  1. There are Monorail Stations at Terminal 1, 2, and the International Terminal. The Station order if going from the Airport to Hamamatsu Cho is Terminal 2 &β†’ Terminal 1 β†’ then International Terminal
  2. At the International Terminal the Monorail is on the same level as arrivals.
  3. Purchase a ticket to Hamamatsu Cho at the ticket window or from one of the machines, and head to the platform (remember to collect your ticket as you pass through the ticket gate)
  4. Make sure you get a "Kaisoku" or Rapid train as they go direct to Hamamatsu Cho bypassing all stations in between. From the International Terminal this can be a short as 13 minutes to the destination.
  5. The Cars do have some storage racks but are not really suitable for large ski/board bags which you may have to hold onto.

Transfer at Hamamatsucho Station - JR Local Line to Tokyo Station
  1. Hamamatsucho is a cramped station that always seems to be busy.
  2. You need to exit the ticket gates and find the JR counters. You can use either the south or central gates.
  3. At the JR Ticket counter buy a ticket all the way to Nagano. For peace of mind always go for the Reserved Seat Option. You will get either one or two tickets.
  4. Once you have your tickets, then go through the JR Ticket gates and make your way to platform 1 or 2 (they are together). Any train leaving from these platforms will get you to Tokyo Station. This is less than a 10 minute trip, but at rush hour it is extremely crowded

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. Haneda Airport to Hamamatsu Cho - Fare 490yen - Travel time 13-20 minutes
    2. Hamamatsu Cho to Iiyama Trains - Fare Approx 9,000yen - Travel Time approx 3.5 hours
    3. Iiyama to Madarao Kogen Hotel- Fare 700yen - Travel Time 30 minutes
    4. Iiyama to Tangram Madarao- Fare 900yen - Travel Time 50 minutes
    5. Total: Approx 10,500 yen per person - Travel Time including transfer and waiting time approx 5-5.5 hours
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