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How to travel between Yamanouchi and Tokyo

Travel between Tokyo and Yamanouchi leads via Nagano.

  1. How to travel between Tokyo and Nagano
  2. How to travel between Nagano and Yamanouchi

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Orientation

Yamanouchi is a municipality in northern Nagano Prefecture. Western Yamanouchi is relatively flat and consists of the area's populated areas, including the hot spring resort towns of Yudanaka Onsen and Shibu Onsen. East of those towns, Yamanouchi becomes mountainous and only sparsely populated. This is where the Jigokudani Monkey Park and Shiga Kogen are located.

Trains go only as far as Yudanaka Station. From Yudanaka Station, there are bus lines to Shiga Kogen (about one bus per hour) and Kanbayashi Onsen (also about one bus per hour). Both bus lines stop at Shibu Onsen and then at Kanbayashi Onsen, from where a hiking trail leads to the Jigokudani Monkey Park. Note that buses along the Shiga Kogen line stop at the "Kanbayashi Onsen-guchi" bus stop as opposed to the "Kanbayashi Onsen" bus stop, which is a few steps closer to the trailhead.

Furthermore, Nagaden express buses connect Nagano Station directly with Shiga Kogen (4 buses/day in summer, about 10 buses/day in winter). These buses do not stop in central Yudanaka or Shibu, but they stop at Kanbayashi Onsen-guchi (40 minutes, 1300 yen one way) from where the monkey park can be reached. In Shiga Kogen, all buses stop at Hasuike (70 minutes, 1600 yen), and some continue in direction of either Oku Shiga Kogen or Mount Yokoteyama. Outside of winter, one bus per day continues all the way to Mount Shirane from where a different bus connects to Kusatsu Onsen.

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Senshinkan Matsuya
Authentic, wooden ryokan in Shibu Onsen. Internet WiFi available. Offering a shuttle to Monkey Park and Yudanaka Station.
Shimaya Ryokan
An affordable ryokan providing free shuttle to Jigokudani Monkey Park. Enjoy 100% natural hot spring of Yudanaka Onsen.
Hotel Shirakaba-so
3 min to the gate of Shiga Kogen ski resort. Free internet, private bath and outdoor bath. 45 min to the Monkey Park.
Yudanaka Seifu-so
A traditional ryokan with wooden building by Yudanaka Station. Unique onsen - private, open-air, apple, leaf baths etc.
Villa Alpen
Cozy lodge facing ski slopes in Shiga Kogen. Monkey Park accessible by bus. Wi-Fi in lobby & bar. Enjoy homemade liquors.
Shibu Hotel, Nagano
Shibu Hotel is a charming Japanese ryokan in Shibu Onsen. Nearby attractions in this Nagano town include Jigokudani Monkey Park, famous for its snow monkeys.
Wafu-no Yado Masuya
Free shuttle to Monkey Park. The dinner won Best 100 hotel award. Tasteful en-suite Japanese rooms. 100% natural onsen.
Kokuya Hotel
Rooms with open air hot bath on balcony! 3min from Yudanaka st. - free pick up, shuttle to Monkey park, English speaking staff.

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Nagano Electric Railway (Nagaden)
Official website of the local train and bus operator.
Nagaden Bus
Official website of the bus company.

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