How to go from Tokyo to Nagano ?
Nagano, the Japanese Capital of the Winter Sports
Nagano, the Japanese Capital of the Winter Sports, is along the Hokuriku Shinkansen, which opened in March 2015 and connects Toyama and Kanazawa to Tokyo.
along the hokuriku shinkansen
4 km - 0h05 - UENO StationLocated on the Yamanote Line, this station is very useful for people staying in the north of Tokyo to board the shinkansen without the crowds of Tokyo Station. Almost all of the trains stop here.
65 km - 0H38 - kumagaya stationFor five years until 2012 Kumagaya was the holder of the highest temperature ever recorded in Japan, 40.9°C. Change here for the private Chichibu Railway to Nagatoro, famous for river rafting.
105 km - 0h49 - TAKASAKI stationThe traditional home of the Daruma doll. When you buy one of these good luck dolls, you paint one eye and make a wish. If your wish comes true then you paint the other eye.
124 km - 0H59 - ANNAKAHARUNA stationOn the small hills near the station, overlooking Mt. Myogi and Mt. Asama, is found one of the largest plum forests in the Kanto area. Visit in March to try and catch the plum blossoms, which bloom earlier than the cherry blossoms.
164 km -1H15 - SAKU-DAIRA stationFrom a sleepy town in the mountains before the Olympic Games, the fast link to Tokyo has transformed Sakudaira into a well-connected town from where many people now commute to Tokyo.
209 km -1H24 - NAGANO
Founded in the 7th Century, this is one of the most important temples in Japan and houses the first statue of Buddha, which was brought into Japan in the 6th century. Be sure to find the dark underground passage where the ‘Key to Paradise’, which grants salvation to those who touch it, is to be found.
NAGANO PREFECTURAL SHINANO ART MUSEUM
This museum was established in 1966 and showcases pieces of art depicting the local area as well as art by local artists. Higashiyama Kaii, a famous Japanese master who was awed by the local scenery, donated nearly 1000 of his works to Nagano Prefecture and to house these the adjacent Higashiyama Kaii Gallery was constructed.
2951-1 Hirao, Yudanaka Onsen, Shimotakai-gun,Yamanouchi-machi, Nagano, 381-0401
Tel : 02-6933-4126 / www.yudanakaview.co.jp
Located in the area of Yudanaka hot spring. It is easily accessible from Snow Monkey Park and Shiga Kogen areas. They have English speaking staff. Free shuttle van service from Yudanaka Station.
HOTEL METROPOLITAN NAGANO ホテルメトロポリタン長野
1346 Minami-ishido-cho, Nagano, 380-0824
Tel : 026-291-7000 / www.hotelmetropolitan-nagano.jp
An excellent choice as a travel base, as it’s conveniently located near Nagano Station. This urban style hotel provides comfort and ease,serving as a gateway to Shinshu and all of its natural richness.
KAI ALPS NAGANO 界 アルプス
2884-26, Taira, Omachi, Nagano, 398-0001
Tel : 050-3786-0022 / www.hoshinoresorts.com/en/resortsandhotels/kai/alps.html
Near the Tateyama Kurobe alpine route as well as the famous Hakuba ski resort, this hotel welcomes guests with hearty meals, luxurious baths and wholesome treats prepared on the wood-fired stove.
Extremely popular ramen with a miso broth justoutside Nagano Station. Take exit 3 from the station. Look for the bright orange sign just to the right of the traffic light.
Open daily, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Tel : 02-6224-1183
OYAKI KOBO おやき工房
Nagano’s famous oyaki dumplings come stuffed with vegetables in assorted flavors. Sample them at this shop directly inside Nagano Station.
Open daily, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tel : 026-225-7885/ www.shunsaika.com