This route uses 2 different raiway companies, so multiple tickets are required. For peace of mind always go for the Reserved Seat Option. Here's how you do it!

Nagoya Centrair Airport to Nagoya Station
  1. Domestic and International Arrivals Lobbies are next to each other on the 2nd floor.
  2. Walk straight through the arrival lobby and head up the escalators on the far side. This will bring you to the "Access Plaza"
  3. The Station is on the left. Purchase a ticket at the vending machines or ticket counter.
  4. The µ-Sky train (Pronounced Mu-Sky) is the fastest, getting you into Nagoya in 28 minutes. Meitetsu Nagoya Station is the third stop.

Transfer from Meitetsu Nagoya Station to JR Nagoya Station
  1. Arrival at Meitetsu Nagoya is on the basement level of the Meitetsu Dept Store. This is on the Sakura Dori (Northern side) of JR Nagoya Station.
  2. Follow the signs to JR Nagoya Station (3-4 minutes walk) and head to the ticket office on the left.
  3. At the ticket counter ask for a ticket to Hakuba using the "Wide View Shinano" express to Matsumoto.
  4. Currently there are hourly "Wide View Shinano" trains that depart on the hour between 07:00 and 16:00, and then at 40 minutes past the hour from 17:00 - 20:00
  5. After purchasing your ticket, head to platform 10.

JR from Nagoya to  Nagano
  1. The basic trip here is from Nagoya to Nagano on the Limited Express Wide View Shinano.
  2. It is important to note that there are no food or beverage sales on any trains on this route, and as it will take up to 3 hours, picking up a few snacks at Nagoya Station is a good idea.
  3. The Wide View Shinano is a comfortable train the winds it's way up the valleys along the JR Chuo line, to Shiojiri, where it then switches to the JR Shinano Line to Nagano. It is however, what is called a furikoshiki train, which means the carriages tilt at corners so the train can maintain its speed. People who get severe motion sickness may have some discomfort.

Arrival Nagano 
  1. Arrival at Nagano is generally at platform 7 (but there are exceptions). There is an elevator and escalator in the middle of the train up to main concourse.
  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 and travel times
  1. Centrair Airport to Meitetsu Nagoya Station - 28 minutes / 1,230yen (incl µ-Sky train surcharge)
  2. JR Nagoya to Nagano Trains - Fare Approx 8,000yen - Travel Time approx 3.5 hours.
  3. Nagano to Shiga Kogen Bus - Fare 1,700yen to 2,000yen - Travel Time 70-90 minutes
  4. Total: Approx 11,500 yen per person - Travel Time including transfer and waiting time approx 5.5-6 hours
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DateAdded: 5/29/2018 12:00:00 AM
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