Getting to Myoko Kogen, Tokyo to Myoko

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Getting to Myoko Kogen

Tokyo to Myoko Kogen

Getting to Myoko Kogen is straightforward. After travelling from Tokyo to Myoko foreign visitors usually stay in or around Akakura Onsen which is about ten minutes by taxi from Myoko-Kogen Station.

Nagano Snow Shuttle - three shuttles per day to/from Narita and Haneda. Myoko ski shuttle. Myoko Airport shuttle

Myoko Snow Shuttle – five shuttles per day to/from Narita and Haneda

Getting to Myoko Kogen: Where is Myoko?

Myoko Kogen is located in Niigata Prefecture on the main island of Honshu, just across the border from Nagano Prefecture. It is closest part of the greater Myoko City region to Tokyo/Nagano. The Myoko Kogen area is easily accessed from both international airports in Tokyo (Narita & Haneda) by shinkansen (bullet train), taxi, rental car or bus. The total travel time from Tokyo to Myoko Kogen is usually between three to five hours.

Also, to avoid confusion, please be aware of the following terms:

  • ‘Myoko’ is Myoko City – the large geographic area. It’s central area is around Arai which is roughly 30 minutes by car from Myoko Kogen and Akakura Onsen;
  • ‘Myoko Kogen’ is the town/village area at the base of the mountains and where the local train station is located. It is 40 minutes by train from Nagano;
  • ‘Akakura Onsen’ is the hot spring village at the base of the lifts where most foreign visitors stay. It is about 10 minutes by taxi from Myoko Kogen;
  • ‘JoetsuMyoko Station’ is not close to the ski slopes. It is about 30 minutes drive from Akakura Onsen
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Myoko Kogen location in Japan.

Okay, so now you know where Myoko Kogen is. How do you get to Myoko Kogen from Tokyo?

Tokyo to Myoko Kogen: Coming by train from Narita Airport

Make your way from Narita Airport to either Ueno or Tokyo Stations. This process is also described in depth here.

Use this very useful link to find train time tables and fares to Myoko-Kogen.

You can catch the Narita Express train to JR Tokyo Station (3,000 yen) or the Keisei Skyliner (2,400 yen) or express (1,200 yen) to Keisei Ueno Station.

narita to tokyo to myoko

Once in Tokyo/Ueno, get on a Hokuriku or Nagano shinkansen headed for Nagano or Kanazawa.

Here’s how you change trains to the shinkansen in Ueno

Here’s how you change trains to the shinkansen in Tokyo

Visitors can buy a ticket at the airport through to Nagano, Iiyama or JoetsuMyoko if using the Narita Express (also known as N’Ex).

Tokyo to Myoko Kogen: Coming by train from Haneda Airport

Make your way from Haneda Airport to Tokyo Station via one of the following options:

  1. Take the Keikyu Airport Line from Haneda Airport to Shinagawa Station (14-20 minutes, 410 yen) or Shimbashi Station via Sengakuji (24 minutes, 570 yen)
  2. Take the Tokyo Monorail (13-26 minutes, 490 yen) to Hamamatsucho Station.

From there transfer to the JR Yamanote or JR Keihin-Tohoku Line to Tokyo Station.

haneda to tokyo to myoko

Alternatively, limousine buses depart from Haneda Airport to Tokyo Station every 30 to 60 minutes (20 minutes, 580 yen).

Getting to Myoko Kogen: Coming via Nagano Station

This is the most popular way of getting to Myoko from Tokyo. The journey will usually take 3-4 hours depending on transfer times in Tokyo and Nagano. In Nagano exit via the shinkansen transfer gate (see below) and change trains to the local Kita Shinano line bound for Myoko-Kogen station, the last stop. From Nagano Station to Myoko-Kogen Station it is about 45 minutes (with no on-train toilets FYI). This journey is not covered by any JR Pass.The fare is 830 yen and can be paid on the train or at Myoko-Kogen Station upon arrival.

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Transfer through these gates at Nagano Station

Nagano to Myoko Transfer Bus

There is a new Myoko to Nagano / Nagano to Myoko shuttle service for 2018/19 which will operate from December 23rd 2018 – March 4th 2019. Time and fares are as below (click to enlarge). Pay cash when boarding.Myoko Nagano Transfer Bus

Getting to Myoko Kogen: Coming via JoetsuMyoko Station

Another easy service is to catch the Hokuriku shinkansen to JoetsuMyoko Station (about 2 hours from Tokyo). JoetsuMyoko Station is about 25km from Akakura Onsen. From there (East Exit) catch the shuttle to the winter bus stop in Akakura Onsen.

Example schedules:

  • Leave Tokyo at 09.32
  • Arrive JoetsuMyoko at 11.30
  • Enjoy lunch in JoetsuMyoko Station or nearby food stalls/restaurants
  • Shuttle bus at 12.15
  • Arrive Akakura Onsen 13.15
  • Leave Tokyo at 14.24
  • Arrive JoetsuMyoko at 16.20
  • Shuttle bus at 16.35
  • Arrive Akakura Onsen 17.35

The winter bus stop in Akakura Onsen is located just near the Post Office and Tourism Office. Download the 2017/18 timetable here. Alternatively you can catch a local train to Myoko-Kogen Station from there.

Getting to Myoko Kogen: Airport Taxi Transfer

Don’t want the hassle of carrying bags, herding children and changing trains? Let us organise a taxi transfer for getting to Myoko Kogen. The cost is approximately 17,900 each one way, per adult from the airport to your hotel door. For medium-large groups we can help organise a direct private transfer from the airport to Myoko at reasonable cost. This journey will usually take 4-5 hours depending on traffic and weather conditions. Contact us for more details.

myoko self contained accommodation - Red Warehouse Myoko

Akakura self contained accommodation. Myoko family ski club style accommodation.

Getting to Myoko Kogen: Myoko Airport & Resorts Shuttle

Nagano Snow Shuttle offers up to five shuttles daily to Akakura Onsen in Myoko Kogen from Narita Airport, Haneda Airport and three other nearby ski resorts – Hakuba, Nozawa Onsen and Shiga Kogen.

Tokyo to Myoko Kogen: Via Nagano bus from Narita Airport

There is an overnight bus from Nagano to/from Narita Airport (via Matsumoto, Ueno and Tokyo Disneyland). The cost is 6,900. From Nagano catch the train to Myoko-Kogen Station (see above). This service is especially useful if arriving late or leaving early. See the Alpico Bus website for full details.

Myoko-Kogen Station to Akakura Onsen

Once you are at Myoko-Kogen Station follow the instructions here or here.

See more Myoko local transport info and bus schedule here.

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