Hakuba Travel Guide - By public transport

Hakuba by public transport

Hakuba is a village about 43km to the west of Nagano City. The backdrop of North Alps mountains make for a truly spectacular settting.

Hakuba was host to some of the major events of the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics including alpine skiing events at Happo-one resort, ski jump events at the Hakuba Ski Jumping Stadium and cross country at the Snow Harp venue.

Along with the ski and snowboard resorts in neighbouring Otari Village and Omachi City, now known collectively as 'Hakuba Valley', it is one of the major ski and snowboard resort areas of Japan.

Hakuba area by public transport
Getting to resorts from the station
Hakuba Valley Shuttle Bus
Hakuba area map
Getting from Hakuba to nearby snow regions
Joshinetsu region map
Additional Hakuba resources on SnowJapan
Hakuba by car
Go to our guide for getting to the Hakuba area by car

What is Hakuba?

  Hakuba is the name of a village Hakuba Village 白馬
  Hakuba Valley is the collective name of the group of resorts located in Hakuba village, Otari village and Omachi village and used for marketing the region Hakuba Valley ハクババレー
  Many of the ski resorts in Hakuba, Otari and Omachi include the word Hakuba in their name (but not all of them are geographically within Hakuba village)
Note: There is no ski resort that is called just 'Hakuba'
Hakuba 47
Hakuba Cortina
Hakuba Goryu
Hakuba Happo-one
Hakuba Iwatake
Hakuba Norikura Onsen
Hakuba Sanosaka
白馬47
白馬コルチナ
白馬五竜
白馬八方尾根
白馬岩竹
白馬乗鞍温泉
白馬さのさか


 

Getting to Hakuba by bus (from Narita Airport)

There are bus services that operate from Narita Airport and other starting points going directly to Hakuba.

 

Getting to the Hakuba area by train

  Shinkansen bullet train:  

  Hokuriku Shinkansen 北陸新幹線
  Nagano Station 長野駅
  Local trains:  
  Oito-sen 大糸線
  Hakuba Station 白馬駅
  Kamishiro Station 神城駅

The local Oito-sen train line travels through the valley from Itoigawa City in Niigata Prefecture to Matsumoto City north to south. Most people coming from the Tokyo region will arrive via Nagano Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen.

The Hokuriku Shinkansen ('bullet train') line was previously generally known as the Nagano Shinkansen. A new extended section of line connecting Nagano with Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture was opened in the spring 2015, when the Shinkansen line took on its intended title - the Hokuriku Shinkansen.

This Hokuriku Shinkansen now connects Tokyo Station directly with Kanazawa Station in Ishikawa Prefecture, stopping at Nagano Station on the way. The journey from Tokyo Station to Nagano Station takes around 90 minutes, depending on which train you catch.

There is no direct train line from Nagano Station to Hakuba Station, so most people heading to Hakuba take a bus from Nagano Station, whether it be arranged by their accommodation or one of the available public buses. The Hakuba bus stop is Number 6 and found on the East Exit of Nagano Station.

The journey to central Hakuba village from Nagano Station by bus takes around 1 hour.

From Tokyo

From   To Train line
Tokyo Station > Nagano Station Hokuriku Shinkansen

This journey is around 185km and usually takes around three hours.

From Nagoya

The Shinano Limited Express train on the Chuo Honsen departs from Nagoya Station and heads for Matsumoto where you can change to the Oito-sen which heads north and stops at Hakuba Station and the other nearby local stations in the valley including the Kamishiro Station near the Hakuba Goryu resort. (Some services are direct, some services require change at Shinano Omachi Station).

From   To Train line
Nagoya Station > Matsumoto Station Chuo Honsen
Matsumoto Station > Hakuba Station Oito-sen

This journey is around 185km and usually takes around three hours.

From Osaka and Kyoto

Take the Sanyo Shinkansen to Nagoya and then transfer to the Chuo Honsen, as above.

From   To Train line
Osaka Station > Nagoya Station Sanyo Shinkansen
Nagoya Station > Matsumoto Station Chuo Honsen
Matsumoto Station > Hakuba Station Oito-sen

This journey is around 185km and usually takes around three hours.

Hokuriku Shinkansen
Hokuriku Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Nagano Station and beyond
>> Full Hokuriku Shinkansen details
>> Diagram showing regional train line connections
Station name   Prefecture Distance from Tokyo Station Distance from Nagano to Tokyo or Kanazawa
Tokyo 東京駅 Tokyo >>> 222.4km
Nagano 長野駅 Nagano 222.4km >>>
Kanazawa 金沢駅 Ishikawa 450.5km 228.1km
 
Oito-sen
Oito-sen from Matsumoto Station to Hakuba Station and beyond
>> Full Oito-sen details
>> Diagram showing regional train line connections
Station name   Prefecture Distance from Matsumoto
Matsumoto 松本駅 Nagano >>>
Kamishiro 神城駅 Nagano 55.2km
Hakuba 白馬駅 Nagano 59.7km
Itoigawa 糸魚川駅 Niigata 105.4km

 

Getting to ski and snowboard resorts from stations in the valley

Resort name Distance from Hakuba Station From the nearest local station Shuttle bus information
 
Hakuba Happo-one
白馬八方尾根
about 2.5m - Resort specific bus information will be added here before the season begins
Hakuba Iwatake
白馬岩竹スノーフィールド
about 3.8km about 2km
Shinano Moriue Station
Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park
HAKUBA 47 ウインタースポーツパーク
about 5.5km about 5.5km
Kamishiro Station
Hakuba Goryu
白馬五竜
about 6.2km about 1.5km
Kamishiro Station
Tsugaike Kogen
栂池高原
about 8km about 3.5km
Hakuba Oike Station
Hakuba Sanosaka
白馬さのさか
about 8km about 1km
Minami Kamishiro Station
Kashimayari
鹿島槍
about 14km about 700m
Yanaba Station
Hakuba Norikura Onsen
白馬乗鞍温泉
about 10km about 5km
Chikuni Station
Hakuba Cortina
白馬コルチナ
about 13.5km about 6km
Chikuni Station
Jigatake
爺ガ岳
about 26.5km about 8km
Kita Omachi Station

Hakuba Valley Shuttle Bus information

The Hakuba Valley Shuttle Bus connects all of the resorts in the Hakuba Valley group. This shuttle bus service is free of charge except for the Konayuki line bound for Hakuba Cortina which costs 500 yen. There are four different lines (routes) covering the area.

This information will be updated before the start of the upcoming season

Route name Area covered Stops
Alpen Resort Line
Free
Hakuba Goryu Escal Plaza
<<>>
Tsugaike Kogen

 

Hakuba Goryu Escal Plaza
Hakuba no mori
Goryu Bus Stop
Hakuba Happo-one (Nakiyama)
Hakuba Happo-one Bus Terminal
Hakuba Iwatake resort
Sierra Resort Hakuba
Jizomae
Ochikura
Tsugaike Kogen resort
Sanosaka Escal Plaza Iimori 47 Line
Free
Hakuba Sanosala
<<>>
Hakuba Happo-one Bus Terminal

 

Hakuba Sanosaka resort
Hakuba Goryu Escal Plaza
Hakuba Goryu Iimori
Hakuba 47
Hakuba Happo-one Bus Terminal
Omachi Line
Free!
Hakuba Happo-one Bus Terminal
<<>>
Jigatake resort

 

Jigatake resort
Kurobeji
Kashimayari resort
Goryu Bus Stop
Echoland Gymnasium
Hakuba Happo-one Bus Terminal
Konayuki Line
500 yen adult
250 yen child
Hakuba Station
<<>>
Hakuba Cortina resort

 

Hakuba Station
Hakuba Happo-one Bus Terminal
Tsugaike Kogen resort
Hakuba Norikura resort
Satomi
Hakuba Cortina resort

See also:

>> This map alongside googlemaps
>> Hokuriku Shinkansen

>> Oito-sen train line
>> Nagano Expressway
>> Joshinetsu Expressway
>> Hokuriku Expressway
>> Chuo Expressway
>> On the above map click on the resort names and train line for more details


Getting from Hakuba to nearby snow resort regions

Important:
The times shown below are simple guidelines to indicate the train journey times between the stations mentioned and may vary depending on the trains and connections used. The lower number indicates travel time, the higher number indicates a sample journey including connecting times. Times from stations to ski resort areas are not included. Please check for specifics.

   

 

Hakuba to central Nagano City
Nagano)
110-150 minutes

 

By train:
Oito-sen from Hakuba Station to Itoigawa Station
Hokuriku Shinkansen from Itoigawa Station to Nagano Station
Taking a bus is much quicker!
Hakuba to central Matsumoto City (Nagano) 65-100 minutes

By train:
Oito-sen from Hakuba Station to Matsumoto Station.

Hakuba to Sugadaira (Nagano) 120-160 minutes By train:
Oito-sen from Hakuba to Itoigawa Station
Hokuriku Shinkansen from Itoigawa Station to Ueda Station.
Sugadaira is about 25km from Ueda Station.
>>
SnowJapan Sugadaira Travel Guide - By train : By car
Hakuba to Madarao
(Nagano)
100-150 minutes By train:
Oito-sen from Hakuba Station to Itoigawa Station
Hokuriku Shinkansen from Itoigawa Station to Iiyama Station.
Madarao Kogen is about 11km from Iiyama Station.
>>
SnowJapan Madarao Travel Guide - By train : By car
Hakuba to Shiga Kogen
(Nagano)
from just under 3 hours By train:
Oito-sen from Hakuba Station to Itoigawa Station
Hokuriku Shinkansen from Itoigawa Station to Nagano Station.
Nagano-sen (Nagaden) from Nagano Station to Yudanaka Station.
The nearest area of Shiga Kogen (Sun Valley) is about 13km from Yudanaka Station.
>>
SnowJapan Shiga Kogen Travel Guide - By train : By car
Hakuba to Myoko
(Niigata)
120-180 minutes By train:
Oito-sen from Hakuba Station to Itoigawa Station
Hokuriku Shinkansen from Itoigawa Station to Joetsu Myoko Station
Myoko Haneuma Line from Joetsu Myoko Station to Myoko Kogen Station
>> SnowJapan Myoko Travel Guide - By train : By car
Hakuba to Nozawa Onsen
(Nagano)
100-150 minutes By train:
Oito-sen from Hakuba Station to Itoigawa Station
Hokuriku Shinkansen from Itoigawa Station to Iiyama Station
Nozawa Onsen is about 13.5km from Iiyama Station (and about 7km from the local Togari Nozawa Onsen Station on the Iiyama-sen)
>> SnowJapan Nozawa Onsen Travel Guide - By train : By car
Hakuba to Yuzawa
(Niigata)
over 3 hours By train:
Oito-sen from Hakuba Station to Itoigawa Station
Hokuriku Shinkansen from Itoigawa Station to Takasaki Station
Joetsu Shinkansen from Takasaki Station to Echigo Yuzawa Station
>>
SnowJapan Yuzawa Travel Guide - By train : By car

See also:

>> Regional expressways connection map
>> Regional train lines connection map
>> On the above map click on the resort names, train lines and expressway names for more details

 

Additional Hakuba resources on SnowJapan

For detailed information on how to get to Hakuba by car, please go to this section.

Daily reports Exclusive daily snow and weather reports from Hakuba (Hakuba Now)
Ski and snowboard resorts List of ski and snowboard resorts in Hakuba
List of ski and snowboard resorts in Otari
List of ski and snowboard resorts in Omachi
Resort Spotlights Hakuba Goryu
Hakuba Norikura Onsen
Hakuba Valley
Accommodation Accommodation Spotlights - Hakuba area
Online booking for accommodation in Hakuba
Online booking for accommodation in Otari
Online booking for accommodation in Omachi
Lessons in English Lessons in English section
Services Services section

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