Getting from Haneda Airport to Myoko Kogen
There are many different routes for getting from Haneda Airport to Myoko Kogen. If it is your first time to Myoko Kogen, or you have a lot of luggage, then you may be better off using a direct service like the Nagano Snow Shuttle.
Below we summarize the easiest route to Myoko Kogen from Haneda Airport by Public Transport. If you’d like advice on other routes, please do not hesitate to send us an inquiry.
This route uses the Tokyo Monorail to get to Hamamatsu-Cho Station, then a local train to Tokyo Station, followed by the Shinkansen Bullet train to Nagano, and Bus to Hakuba Valley
Haneda Airport Terminal 2
The Tokyo Monorail Station is located on the B1 level of Terminal 2. Terminal 2 is the origin and terminus of all Tokyo Monorail Services. The platforms are on level B2 and both platform 1 & 2 trains go to Hamamatsu-Cho.
Haneda Airport Terminal 1
The Tokyo Monorail Station is located on the B1 level of Terminal 1. The platforms are on level B2, and platform 1 trains go to Hamamatsu-Cho.
You can access the Tokyo Monorail Station from the 2nd (arrivals) or 3rd (departures) floors at Terminal 3. Platform is on level 3, with platform # 2 being for trains heading to Hamamatsu-Cho.
Buying a Ticket
The Tokyo Monorail and JR are separate companies, so you need to buy different tickets. Good news is that you can buy both at the airport. First go to the Monorail Station and purchase a ticket to Hamamatsu Cho (Fare is currently 500yen). Then head to the JR Service Center and purchase a ticket from Hamamatsu Cho to Nagano.
By the time you board the train, you will have a handful of tickets. All you need to do is keep the monorail and JR tickets separate.
Boarding the Train
Put the Monorail ticket into the ticket gate and it will pop out halfway down the gate. You must take your ticket as you need it at Hamamatsu Cho to exit the station there. Go to the platform and board the train.
Note that there are 3 different types of train on the Tokyo Monorail Line.
- Haneda Express trains only stop at the 3 Airport Terminals then head directly to Hamamatsu Cho without stopping. These trains take as little as 13 minutes to cover the trip
- Rapid Trains stop at 3-4 stations between Terminal 3 and Hamamatsu Cho. The trip take about 15 minutes
- Local Trains stop at every station en-route. These trains can take up to 20 minutes to cover the full trip.
The seats in the monorail are facing in all directions, and during busy periods you may not get a seat but have to stand. There are smallish luggage areas on board, but due to the short nature of the trip, many people just keep their luggage with them.
Transfer at Hamamatsu Cho Station
On arrival at Hamamatsu Cho, you get off the left hand side of the train. Don’t lurk too long as the doors on the right hand side open about 30 seconds after arrival and people going back to the airport get on board.
At Hamamatsu Cho Station you transfer to the JR lines. If you have tickets already, then you can use the dedicated transfer gates. If you do not have tickets, then you just exit the ticket gate, swing right and go to the JR ticket counter and purchase tickets.
Once you have your tickets, insert into the ticket gate, and retrieve them as you walk through. Head to platform # 1 or #2 (both are the same platform). All trains from platform 1 &2 go to Tokyo Station. Platform 1 is the Keihin Tohoku Line, while platform 2 is the Yamanote Line. Only commuter trains run on these lines, so you may not get a seat during rush hour.
Trains from Hamamatsu-Cho to Tokyo Station leave from platform 1 & 2. All trains on this platform will make a stop at Tokyo Station.
Theese trains are standard commuter trains, so can be quite busy during rush hour.
The trip from HamamatsuCho to Tokyo Station only takes about 8 minutes.
Tokyo Station is massive, and is the 3rd busiest station in Japanese with nearly 500,000 people daily.
On the main concourse level there are 10 platforms for commuter and express trains, and 10 platforms for Shinkansen Bullet trains.
There are also basement platforms (4) and a further 2 platforms for the JR Keio Line. Add in a couple of subway stations and you get the picture.
Rush hour here can be mayhem!
At Tokyo Station you will arrive at platforms 3 or 4 (these both share a platform). The platforms are on level 2, and you need to go down to level 1 to transfer to the Shinkansen Bullet train.
The Shinkansen have an extra set of ticket gates. You need to put your tickets into the machine before you can pass through (always remember to collect your tickets as they pop out part way through the gate).
Once through the gates you’ll see a lot of digital signs that flick between English and Japanese. They will show the Train Name, Departure Time and Platform Number. Locate your platform and take the escalator up.
Hokuriku Shinkansen via Nagano
There are several classes on the Hokuriku Shinkansen.
- Standard Class (reserved and non reserved*) – 5 seats across the row in a 3-2 configuration (Cars 1-10)
- Green Class (superior class) – 4 seats across the row in a 2-2 configuration (Car 11) – Green Class costs about 20% more than standard class
- Gran Class (first class) – 3 seats across the row in a 1-2 configuration (Car 12). Complementary food and beverage service (Kagayaki and Hakutaka trains only) – Gran Class costs about double of standard class
- reserved seat means you have an assigned seat / non-reserved means you can sit in any seat in a “non-reserved” carriage (first come first seated basis)
There are 3 types of train that run on the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line. While the train body is the same, the speed and number of stops vary. All trains will have either Kanazawa or Nagano as the destination, but all trains do make a stop in Nagano.
In all cases there are 12 carriages on the train with 12 being the front of the train heading towards Nagano.
- “Kagayaki” – This is the fastest type of train. After departing Tokyo it only stops at Ueno, and Omiya before arriving at Nagano. All seats on this train are reserved (seat assigned). The destination for the Kagayaki trains is Kanazawa. From Tokyo Station to Nagano this train takes about 90 minutes.
- “Hakutaka” – This train also heads to Kanazawa, but it stops at more stations along the way and is about 15 minutes slower than the Kagayaki Train. There are reserved and non-reserved seats on this train.
- Asama – This train only travels as far as Nagano, but it stops at most stations along the way.
Shinano Rail Co
The company operating the line between Nagano Station and Myoko Kogen is called “Shinano Tetsudo”, or Shina Rail Co.
There is only about 1 train per hour from Nagano Station to Myoko Kogen. These are commute trains that stop at every station. The trip from Nagano to Myoko Kogen takes about 45 minutes.
Buying a Ticket
As the Shinano Co is not a JR Line, your original ticket does not cover this part of the trip. However you can pay for your ticket when you arrive in Myoko Kogen. (Make sure you keep you JR tickets to show that you boarded the train in Nagano).
Boarding the Train
On arrival in Nagano, you need to transfer from the Shinkansen Bullet train line to the Shinano Rail Co Line. There are a set of transfer gates on the main concourse level. You pass through the gates (collect your tickets) and head down a small escalator. Use the digital signage to locate the next train to Myoko Kogen, and head to that platform a few minutes before departure.
Arrival in Myoko Kogen
Trains from Nagano generally arrive at platform 2. This is a hassle as you need to climb stairs, cross the bridge, go down the stairs, and to the exit (all while carrying your luggage).
At the exit, show your JR tickets to the staff member and he/she will charge you 850yen for the trip from Nagano. Cash only.
Myoko Kogen Station is located about 10 minutes drive from the ski resort areas.
Unless your accommodation offers a pick up from the station, taxi is the best option for getting from that station to your accommodation.
There are often taxis parked in front of the station (especially when trains arrive). Kogen Taxi is located in the large building across the road from the station to the south. You may be able to walk in there and order a taxi (but they do not have English speaking staff)