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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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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, 1400 yen one way) from where the monkey park can be reached. In Shiga Kogen, all buses stop at Hasuike (70 minutes, 1700 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.

Winter Map of Shiga Kogen:

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Hishiya Torazo

An authentic onsen ryokan in Shibu Onsen, established in 1843. From 6500Yen. Wi-Fi in lobby. Cute yukata available for ladies. Free transfer to Monkey Park.

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