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How to travel between Nagano and Tokyo

By train

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.

By bus

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.

Above fees and schedules are subject to change. Be sure to check current yen exchange rates.

Getting around

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.

Hotels around Nagano

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    • Shioriya
      Budget-friendly
      Shioriya offers accommodation in Nagano, 11 km from Zenkoji Temple. Popular points of interest around the property include Togakushi Shrine and Old Kawanakajima Battlefield. Nagano City Museum is 2 km away and Matsushiro Castle is 4 km from the guest house. All guest rooms in the guest house are fitted with a TV. Skiing is among the activities that guests can enjoy near Shioriya. The Sanada Treasures Museum is 4 km from the accommodation, while Mizuno Museum is 6.5 km from the property.
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    • 1166 Backpackers
      Budget-friendly
      Located in the city centre, 1166 Backpackers offers rental bicycles, free Wi-Fi and beds in shared dorm rooms, as well as private Japanese-style rooms. It features a free-use kitchen, a dining area and a launderette. Free morning coffee is available. Backpackers 1166 is around a 5-minute walk from Zenko-ji Temple and close to many shops, restaurants and cafes. A 24-hour convenience shop is a 5-minute walk away, while JR Nagano Station is a 7-minute drive or 18-minute walk. Togashi Ski Resort and Iitsuna Kogen Ski Resort are each a 40-minute drive. The hostel greets guests with a welcome drink, and offers concierge services and safety deposit of valuables. Facilities include lockers and a library. The shared kitchen is equipped with a microwave, a refrigerator and a small toaster oven. Guests sleep in a bunk bed in a shared dormitory room, equipped with a curtain and a private light. Private rooms have a tatami (woven-straw) floor and traditional futon bedding. All rooms provide personal safes and complimentary green tea. Toilets and bathrooms are shared. No meals are served.
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    • Oshi Ryokan
      Budget-friendly
      Situated just a 5-minute walk from historic Togakushi Shrine, Oshi Ryokan is traditional lodging accommodation in the peaceful mountain area, which used to cater for pilgrims. The main building is 250 years old with a thatched roof. Guests sleep in Japanese-style rooms located in annex buildings. Fitted with tatami (woven-straw) flooring and futon bedding, the rooms feature a flat-screen TV and a seating area with a low table. Bathroom is shared with other guests. While staying at Ryokan Oshi, guests can enjoy a range of activities like golfing and skiing. The property provides ski storage and ski equipment rentals. Luggage can be left at the front desk. JR Nagano Station is a 50-minute drive or bus ride away, and the Togakushi Hokousha Bus Stop is just a 1-minute walk from the property. Togakushi Ski Resort is a 15-minute away, while Nagano Country Club is within a 10-minute drive. Guests can savour homemade meals at the spacious dining room with a historic charm, located in the main building. Dinner features local speciality soba buckwheat noodles.
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    • Jizokan Matsuya Ryokan
      Mid-range
      Just 250 metres from Zenko-ji Temple, Matsuya Ryokan offers simple Japanese rooms with tatami-mat floors, a green-tea maker and an attached Western bathroom. The hotel features public baths and massage services. Guests at Jizokan Matsuya Ryokan stay in rooms with shoji paper screens and traditional futon bedding. All rooms are air-conditioned and include a TV and slippers. Zenko-ji-shita Subway Station is 600 metres away, and Shinano Art Museum is 650 metres from the ryokan. JR Nagano Train Station is 3 km away. A Japanese breakfast and a Japanese course dinner are served at the dining room or the guest room.
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    • Chisun Grand Nagano
      Mid-range
      A 5-minute walk from JR Nagano Train Station, Chisun Grand Nagano offers rooms with free WiFi access throughout the hotel. Guests can request relaxing massages for an extra cost and enjoy a Japanese-style breakfast featuring local white rice. A selection of free amenities in the lobby is offered. The air-conditioned rooms feature a flat-screen TV with video-on-demand features, a fridge and an electric kettle. Slippers and nightwear are provided for all guests, while the en suite bathroom comes with a hairdryer. All rooms come with a humidifier. Currency exchange and dry cleaning services are provided at the front desk. Laptop rentals are available as well. Private parking is available for an additional fee. Designated smoking area is available for guest's convenience. Located on the 12th floor, Asama restaurant serves a Japanese-style breakfast featuring local specialties. Guests can try grilled fish and miso soup. Refreshments are available at the ground floor lounge. Zenko-ji Temple is a 10-minute drive away. Nagano Grand Chisun is a 25-minute drive from Iizuna Kogen Ski Resort and a 1-hour drive from Snow Monkey Park. A convenience store is located a 1-minute walk away.
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    • Hotel Metropolitan Nagano
      Luxury
      Hotel Metropolitan Nagano features elegantly decorated rooms and a wide range of dining options, including a Japanese restaurant, a Chinese restaurant and a cafe. The hotel is conveniently located right next to the JR Nagano Train Station. All rooms feature carpeted floors, a seating area, and comes with a flat-screen TV, a desk and a wardrobe. There is a bath tub, a hairdryer and free toiletries in the en suite bathroom. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. Nagano Metropolitan Hotel provides luggage storage and dry cleaning services. A massage salon on the ground floor can provide guests with a vigorous massage. Zenko-ji temple, one of Japanfs National Treasures, is a 10-minute drive from the hotel. Shinano Art Museum and the Joyama Park are located within a 5-minute walk from the temple. The Iris cafe serves hearty breakfast buffet in the morning, while Shinano Japanese restaurant offers sushi and teppanyaki cuisines prepared right in front of the guests.
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    • Dormy Inn Nagano
      Mid-range
      Situated conveniently a minute's stroll away from JR Nagano Station, Dormy Inn Nagano features a 24-hour front desk and a public hot spring facility with an open-air bath and sauna. Free WiFi access is available throughout the entire property. Guest rooms are air-conditioned and equipped with a desk, refrigerator, an air-humidifier and an electric kettle. Rooms come with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and personal lockers. Guests will find luggage storage service offered at the front desk. Trouser presses and ironing facilities can be provided free of charge upon request. Coin-operated laundry machines and drink vending machines are also available. A Japanese-style and Western breakfast buffet consisting of local specialities is on offer at the on-site restaurant. Matsumoto Airport is a 90-minute bus ride away from JR Nagano Station. Zenkoji Temple is 1.9 km from Dormy Inn Nagano, while Togakushi Shrine is 14 km from the property.
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    • Aun
      Budget-friendly
      Conveniently located a 5-minute walk from JR Nagano Station, AUN offers dormitory rooms with free WiFi access. There is also a shared kitchen equipped with a microwave, an electric kettle and kitchenware. Each bunk comes with curtains to secure privacy and bathroom facilities are shared with other guests. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hairdryer. Togakushi Shrine is 14 km from AUN, while Midori Nagano is 300 metres away. Zenkoji Temple is 1.8 km away.
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    • Nagano Tokyu REI Hotel
      Mid-range
      Nagano Tokyu REI Hotel is located in Nagano, within 2.3 km of Zenkoji Temple and 25 km of Togakushi Shrine. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Local points of interest like Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum Higashiyama Kaii Gallery and Mizuno Museum are reachable within 2.6 km and 3.5 km, respectively. All units in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. At Nagano Tokyu REI Hotel, every room is equipped with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. A buffet breakfast is available daily at the accommodation. Popular points of interest near Nagano Tokyu REI Hotel include Midori Nagano, J?yama-k?en and Patio Daimon. The nearest airport is Matsumoto Airport, 58 km from the hotel.
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    • Moritomizu Backpackers
      Budget-friendly
      Offering affordable accommodations and free Wi-Fi in public areas and guestrooms, Moritomizu Backpackers is only a 5-minute walk from JR Nagano Train Station. Guests can drink free instant coffee and tea at the shared kitchen. This is a non-smoking property. Guests can choose between dormitory-style rooms or private rooms. All rooms are air conditioned. Bathrooms with showers and toilets are shared. A coin-operated launderette and bicycle rentals are available. Guests can cook their own meals at the shared kitchen and eat at the shared lounge, which features tatami (woven-straw) floors. A safety deposit box and luggage storage is available at the front desk. There is no ski drying space, but guests can keep their ski gear in a ski storage area. Backpackers Moritomizu is a 25-minute walk from Zenkoji Temple. Guests can use buses to get to various places like Snow Monkey Park, a 40-minute ride, Nozawa-onsen, a 80-minute ride, or Hakuba, a 70-minute ride away. Togakushi is also a 60-minute bus ride away. No meals are served.
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