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 (you do not want to pass through this one), and the other is the main exit.
  3. Exit through the Main Exit ticket gates (you don't get your tickets back here), and turn left.
  4. About 30 meters down on the left is an elevator. Take this down to the level 1 (ground floor).
  5. At the ground floor exit the elevator and do a 180 degree turn and walk down to Bus Stop 23 & 24. This is where the buses to Shiga Kogen Depart from.
  6. The bus service is provided by Nagaden Bus and you can find the bus timetable Here

Nagano to Shiga Kogen
  1. This trip takes 70-90 minutes depending on road and weather conditions
  2. Make sure your bus is going to the right part of Shiga Kogen. All buses go to Hasuike,but from there some buses head over to Oku Shiga Kogen, while others head up to the Kumanoyu / Yokoteyama area.
Fares / Travel Times
  1. Tokyo to Nagano Trains - Fare 7,500yen to 8,000yen - Travel Time approx 1.5 hours
  2. Nagano to Shiga Kogen Bus - Fare 1,700yen to 2,000yen - Travel Time 70-90 minutes
  3. Total: Approx 10,000yen per person - Travel Time including transfer and waiting time approx 3.5-4 hours
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