When using JR note that each train has a base fare, then a surcharge for express trains and shinkansen bullet trains. For peace of mind always go for the Reserved Seat Option.

Tokyo to Nagano
  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, before arriving at Nagano (the trains all continue on to Kanazawa so will display Kanazawa as the destination in the car window). Travel time is apprx. 90 minutes
    The Hakutaka Train is a bit slower as 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. Travel time is approx 100-120 min.
    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. Travel time is 120-140min.
  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 Nagano
  1. At Nagano Station you arrive at ground level and need to go up to the ticket gate exit. If you are towards the rear of the train (cars #6 and below) there is a staircase to the fore. There is also an escalator near car number 10, and an elevator.
  2. One you get to the main concourse level there are 2 sets of gates. One connects to other JR Train lines and the other is the main exit.
  3. Exit through the Main Exit ticket gates (you don't get your tickets back here).
  4. Purchase a ticket for Myoko Kogen Station at Shinano Railway ticket machine

Nagano to Myoko Kogen
  1. This trip takes 45 minutes on the Kita-Shinano Line of Shinano Railway.
Fares / Travel Times
  1. Tokyo to Nagano Trains - Fare 7,500yen to 8,000yen - Travel Time approx 1.5 hours
  2. Nagano to Myoko Kogen - Fare 830yen - Travel Time 45 minutes
  3. Total: Approx 9,000yen per person - Travel Time including transfer and waiting time approx 2.5-3 hours
SiteItemID: 1176
Area: MYO
Language: ENG
DateAdded: 7/17/2018 12:00:00 AM
AddedBy: Yvonne