Nozawa Onsen Travel Guide - By public transport

Nozawa Onsen by public transport

Nozawa Onsen is the name of a small village and snow resort located to the north east of Nagano City in the north east region of Nagano Prefecture, close to the border with Niigata Prefecture.

Famous for onsen hot springs throughout the year as well as large amounts of quality snowfall during winter, Nozawa Onsenis one of the more well-known ski and snowboard resorts in Japan.

The village was host to the biathlon events during the Nagano Winter Olympics in 1998.

Nozawa Onsen by public transport
Shuttle bus information
Village map
Getting from Nozawa Onsen to other areas
Joshinetsu region map
Additional Nozawa Onsen resources
Nozawa Onsen by car
Go to our guide for getting to Nozawa Onsen by car


Getting to Nozawa Onsen by train

  Shinkansen bullet train:  

  Hokuriku Shinkansen 北陸新幹線
  Iiyama Station 飯山駅
  Local trains:  
  Iiyama-sen 飯山線
  Iiyama Station 飯山駅

There is no train station actually in Nozawa Onsen village. The nearest local train station on the local Iiyama-sen line is called Togari Nozawa Onsen Station which is around 7km from the centre of the village. While some people use this station and take a taxi or local bus to get to the village and ski resort, most visitors have traditionally taken a direct bus from Nagano Station.

The Shinkansen ('bullet train') line stopping at Nagano Station 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 it's intended title - the Hokuriku Shinkansen.

The Hokuriku Shinkansen now connects Tokyo Station directly with Kanazawa Station, stopping at Nagano Station as well as the new Iiyama Station on the way. Both of these stops are convenient for people heading towards ski resorts in northern Nagano.

Iiyama Station is now the closest Shinkansen station to Nozawa Onsen and just 14km from the base of the ski resort.

There are frequent direct buses from Nagano Station, leaving from the East Exit of the Station.

From   To Train line
Tokyo Station > Iiyama Station Hokuriku Shinkansen

This journey is around 252km and usually takes just under two hours.

The normal charge for the Hokuriku Shinkansen journey from Tokyo Station to Iiyama Station is just over 8,000 yen one way, but various discounts are available with various ski packages and they are worth looking into.

If you are travelling from Narita Airport, expect the entire journey by train bus to take around 4.5 hours.

Hokuriku Shinkansen
Hokuriku Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Iiyama Station and beyond
>> Full Hokuriku Shinkansen details
>> Diagram showing regional train line connections
Station name Prefecture Distance from Tokyo Station Distance from Iiyama to Tokyo or Kanazawa
Tokyo Tokyo >>> 252.3km
Nagano Nagano 222.4km 29.9km
Iiyama Nagano 252.3km >>>
Kanazawa Ishikawa 450.5km 198.2km
 
Iiyama-sen
Iiyama-sen from to Iiyama Station
>> Full Kita Shinano-sen details
>> Full Iiyama-sen line details

>> Diagram showing regional train line connections
Station name Prefecture Prefecture Distance from Toyono Station  
Kita Shinano line        
Nagano 長野駅 Nagano 10.8km Hokuriku Shinkansen
Toyono 豊野駅 Nagano >>>  
JR Iiyama-sen        
Toyono 豊野駅 Nagano >>>  
Iiyama 飯山駅 Nagano 19.2km Hokuriku Shinkansen
Togari Nozawa Onsen 戸狩野沢温泉駅 Nagano 27.5km  
Echigo Kawaguchi 越後川口駅 Niigata 96.7km Joetsu-sen

Shuttle Bus information

See also:

>> This map alongside googlemaps
>> Hokuriku Shinkansen
>> Iiyama-sen

>> Kanetsu Expressway
>> Joshinetsu Expressway
>> On the above map click on the resort name for more details

 

Getting from Nozawa Onsen 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.

Region Approximate train journey time The journey
Nozawa Onsen to Madarao
(Nagano)
about 12 minutes By train:
Bus to Iiyama Station or Iiyama-sen from Togari Nozawa Onsen Station to Iiyama Station.
Madarao Kogen is about 11km from Iiyama Station.
>> SnowJapan Madarao Travel Guide here - By train : By car
Nozawa Onsen to Myoko
(Nagano)
70-90 minutes By train:
Iiyama-sen from Togari Nozawa Onsen Station to Toyono Station.
Kita Shinano-sen from Toyono Station to Myoko Kogen Station.
>> Check the Myoko Travel Guide - By train : By car
Nozawa Onsen to Shiga Kogen
(Nagano)
115-130 minutes By train:
Iiyama-sen from Togari Nozawa Onsen Station to Toyono Station.
Kita Shinano-sen from Toyono Station to Kita Nagano Station.
Walk over to Shinano Yoshida Station (10 minutes).
Nagano-sen (Nagaden) line from Shinano Yoshida 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
Nozawa Onsen to Nagano City
(Nagano)
55-65 minutes By train:
Iiyama-sen from Togari Nozawa Onsen Station to Toyono Station.
Kita Shinano-sen from Toyono Station to Nagano Station.
Nozawa Onsen to Yuzawa (Niigata) 110-130 mins By train:
Iiyama-sen from Togari Nozawa Onsen Station to Tokamachi Station.
Hokuhoku-sen from Tokamachi Station to Muikamachi Station, and direct to Echigo Yuzawa Station.
>> SnowJapan Yuzawa Travel Guide - By train : By car
Nozawa Onsen to Sugadaira (Niigata) about 25 minutes By train:
Bus to Nagano Station or Iiyama-sen from Togari Nozawa Onsen Station to Toyono Station.
Hokuriku Shinkansen from Nagano Station to Ueda Station.
Sugadaira is about 40 minutes from Ueda station by bus or train
>> SnowJapan Sugadaira Travel Guide - By train : By car
Nozawa Onsen to Hakuba (Nagano) 110-200+ mins By train:
Bus to Nagano Station or Iiyama-sen from Togari Nozawa Onsen Station to Iiyama Station.
Hokuriku Shinkansen from Iiyama Station to Itoigawa Station.
Oito-sen from Itoigawa Station to Hakuba Station.
>> SnowJapan Hakuba 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 Nozawa Onsen resources on SnowJapan

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

Daily reports Exclusive daily snow and weather reports from Nozawa Onsen (Nozawa Now)
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Resort Spotlights Nozawa Onsen
Accommodation Accommodation Spotlights - Nozawa Onsen
Online booking for accommodation in Nozawa Onsen
Ski lessons Lessons in English

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