Getting from Nagano Station to Hakuba Valley
The Nagano Snow Shuttle operates services from the Hotel Metropolitan at Zenkoji Exit, to Hakuba.
There are 7-8 services per days and buses run to Goryu Ski Resort, Hakuba Base Camp, and the Mominoki Hotel in the Wadano area.
If you disembark at Hakuba Base Camp there is an option to be dropped off right at the door of your accommodation also.
Seats can be booked in advance, so you are guaranteed a seat. You can also wait in the warmth of the the Metropolitan Hotel Lobby until you board your bus.
Alpico Kotsu Bus Co. operate services to Hakuba Valley from the East Exit of Nagano Station.
These buses run to Kamishiro, Hakuba Station, and Happo, with some services continuing on to Tsugaike and Norikura.
Buses depart from bus stop #26.
There are no reservations on these buses, and passengers board on a first come basis. The platforms are outside and exposed to the elements, so you need to decide if you want to line up early and be guaranteed a seat, or staying in a coffee shop and going to the bus stop later.
The transfer from the Shinkansen ticket get is shown from the 3:15 point in the video below