How to travel between Nagano and Tokyo
Tokyo and Nagano are connected with each other by the Hokuriku Shinkansen. The one way trip takes 80-100 minutes, costs about 8000 yen and is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass and JR East Nagano Niigata Area Pass. There are multiple trains per hour.
Multiple bus companies operate frequent daytime highway buses between Tokyo and Nagano Station. The one way trip takes about 3.5 hours. Conventional bus companies charge about 4000 yen while fares by discount bus operators, such as Willer Express start around 2000 yen one way. Online reservations can be made through Willer and Japan Bus Online.
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The city's transport hub is Nagano Station, which is served by all trains in the region, including the JR Hokuriku Shinkansen, other JR trains, Shinano Railway and the Nagano Electric Railway (Nagaden) which runs from its underground station next to JR Nagano Station to Yamanouchi. Nagano Station is also at the center of a bus network that provides connections to Zenkoji Temple and the former olympic facilities.
The Togakushi area with its shrines and ninja related attractions is located about an hour by bus in the forested mountains northwest of the city center. The area's attractions are spread across several kilometers, and good walkers can use hiking trails to walk in between them.
Rental cars are a good option to cover more of the city in less time. Most companies have outlets around Nagano Station.