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All Access Madarao

While Snowball Chalet is a relatively easy 2 hour trip from Tokyo, there are various travel options. Which happens when you have 40 million people in the closest city metropolis and one of the best transport systems in the world. Here's the lowdown...


Airport Options

N’EX (Narita Express) Airport

¥4,000 adult, ¥2,000 child
Valid: return trip within 14 days
Purchase: only at the airport
Good for: trips of 14 days or less
Trip time: approx. 1 hour
www.jreast.co.jp/e/pass/nex


Hokuriku Shinkansen (Bullet Train)




Trains depart from Tokyo Station but also stop at Ueno Station.
Trains are direct from Tokyo to Iiyama. Other trains (not listed) require changes.
Buses meet most trains arriving into Iiyama – see the bus section for details.
The 6.04pm train has a longer bus wait. The 8.12pm train has no connecting bus.
Hire cars at Iiyama: www.nissan-rentacar.com
Taxis are also available at the station, although not guaranteed late at night
This Iiyama hotel is a 10 minute walk from the station: www.hotel-hoteiya.com
The following is a guide only. Confirm details at: www.hyperdia.com



Nagano Shuttle Bus


Transfers between Narita and Haneda airports
Bookings online (best to book in advance)
Operates 26 Dec 2017 – 25 Feb 2018
1. Departs Narita: 9.15am, arrives 2.45pm, ¥11,000
2. Departs Narita: 12.00pm, arrives 5.30pm, ¥11,000
3. Departs Narita): 3.00pm, arrives 8.30pm, ¥11,750
A bus also operates 21 Dec–11 Mar departing 8.30pm, arriving Madarao Kogen Hotel at 1.15am. Unfortunately we are unable to pick up guests from the hotel at 1.15am.
Narita to Madarao: www.naganosnowshuttle.com/Madarao.aspx
Haneda to Madarao: www.naganosnowshuttle.com/Route_Haneda
Madarao to Narita: www.naganosnowshuttle.com/Route_Myoko

Myoko Shuttle Bus


Transfers between Narita and Haneda airports
Bookings must be made 7 days in advance
Operates 23 Dec 2017 – 11 Mar 2018, ¥12,000
Departs Narita: 10am, arrives Myoko Kogen 3pm
Departs Myoko Kogen 4.15pm, arrives Madarao Kogen Hotel 4.45pm
Website: www.myokoshuttle.com/airport-service

Tokyo - Madarao Bus


Bus from Ikebukuro and Shinjuku that travels irregularly, generally on weekends and public holidays.
Day: www.travex.co.jp/ski-bus/tokyo_morning/madarao ¥9,000 return

Night: www.travex.co.jp/ski-bus/tokyo/madarao ¥10,000 return

Rail Passes

JR Nationwide Pass


Good for: lots of long distance travelValid: 1 to 3 weeks
¥59,350, kids 6-11 50% off – 21 days (¥65,000 in Japan)
¥46,390, kids 6-11 50% off – 14 days (¥52,000 in Japan)
¥29,110, kids 6-11 50% off – 7 days (¥33,000 in Japan)
Purchase: before arrival or in Japan
www.japan-guide.com/e/e2361


Hokuriku Arch Pass
Good for: Tokyo>Madarao (Iiyama)>Kanazawa>Tokyo (but 7 days only)
¥24,000, kids 6-11 50% off (¥25,000 in Japan)
Valid: 7 consecutive days
Purchase: before arrival or in Japan
General info: www.japan-guide.com/e/e2361_hokuriku
Hokuriku Arch Pass site: www.hokuriku-arch-pass.com
Purchase in Australia: www.jtbtravel.com.au/japan-rail-pass


JR East Nagano Niigata Area Pass
Good for: Tokyo>Madarao>Fuji>Nikko>Airport
¥17,000, kids 6-11 50% off (¥18,000 in Japan)
Valid: any 5 days within a 14-day period
Purchase: before arrival or in Japan
www.japan-guide.com/e/e2361_nagano

Tokyo Wide Pass
Good for: Tokyo day trips (eg. Fuji, Nikko, Kamakura)
¥10,000, kids 6-11 50% off
Valid: 3 consecutive days
Purchase: in Japan > airports/major stations
www.japan-guide.com/e/e2361_tokyowide


Other Passes
Mt Fuji region, 3 days: www.japan-guide.com/fuji
Takayama Hokuriku, 5days: www.japan-guide.com/hokuriku1
Kansai Hokuriku, 7 days: www.japan-guide.com/hokuriku2
Kansai Hiroshima, 5 days: www.japan-guide.com/hiroshima


Buses - Madarao & Surrounds





Other Transport Resources

Train Planner: www.hyperdia.com
Distance Buses: www.japan-guide.com/highway_buses

Taxis: www.japan-guide.com/taxis



Posted on Wed 29 November 2017

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