Getting to Nozawa Onsen
Nozawa Onsen has that 'undiscovered gem' feel about it. Access can be slightly more complicated than other areas. This link from Nozawa Onsen Ski resort is that best that we could find to explain the travel and access options. contains various information, including a Nozawa Onsen travel guide.
Traveling by car from Tokyo to Nozawa Onsen
The easiest way to do this is to first drive to Yuzawa via the Kanetsu Expressway from the Nerima I.C. in north-west Tokyo as described above. Then from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi Interchange take routes Route 353 and Route 117 though the mountain range to Nozawa Onsen.
From Yuzawa, the drive will take around 75minutes, though driving times will vary according to conditions.
* Remember to bring chains and make sure your radiator has anti freeze.
Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nozawa Onsen
1) From Tokyo to Nagano Station by bullet train
Departing from Tokyo Station to Nagano passengers board the Nagano Bullet Train (Asama Shinkansen). Traveling time is around 90min.
The bullet trains run regularly throughout the day. This link provides up to date information on shuttle bus times: Japan train timetable. To search, input stations from "Tokyo" to "Nagano" If you search for 'Hakuba' you will be directed to Nagano station by bullet train, and then to Hakuba station by local train. The local trains are quite inconvenience - we recommend taking the express bus.
2) From Nagano Station to Nozawa Onsen
Catching the bus from outside Nagano Station is the most direct route.
From Nagano Station, there are frequent direct buses that go to Nozawa Onsen and bus stops can be found below the east exit escalator, usually at bus stop number 4, but make sure you visit the Nagano Station Information Office to ensure you catch the right bus from the correct bus stop.
Customers pay for the bus ticket when upon alighting at ozawa Onsen Ski Village. The bus stops in the centre of the town: this Nozawa Onsen map shows the bus stops
By local train and bus / taxi
An alternative to the express bus is to take the local train line from Nagano Station to Togari Nozawa Onsen station. This journey takes 60 minutes.
While waiting on the Nagano station platform be sure you are on the correct platform number, because one of the local train line platforms at Nagano is usually split in half. For example platform 3 & 4 share one side of one platform divided by a simple wall. Make sure you are on the right side of that wall.
From Togari Nozawa Onsen Station you catch the bus to Nozawa Onsen Village and you pay for this ride as you disembark the bus. That bus journey takes a further 10 minutes.
There are also taxis available at Togari Nozawa Onsen station that can go to Nozawa Village.
To check train timetables from Tokyo through to Togari Nozawa Onsen please use this Japan train timetable link. The stations to search for are 'Tokyo' and 'Togarinozawaonsen'. Be sure only to use the routes suggested that travel via Nagano.