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haneda airport to hakuba

Haneda Airport to Hakuba

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I'm travelling with 3 other adults and 4 children arriving at Haneda Airport on Thursday, 7th Jan at 6.30 am. From the airport we have to make our way to Tokyo station , catch the bullet train to Nagano and then a shuttle bus to Hakuba. We are there for 10 days and to Kanazawa for 3 days and then back to Tokyo for 3 days. We didn't purchase train passes as we thought it would be easier to purchase tickets for each journey when we get to Japan. Now I am stressing as people are telling me that we should of booked our tickets online ages ago as there is 8 of us and we want to stick together on the trains especially the bullet train. i'm also stressing as i'm not sure how to organise a shuttle bus from Nagano as I was told the shuttle runs regularly.

Thanking you for any information you can provide
Sharon

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sharon C

Hi Sharon,

First of all, don't worry! Travel in Japan is very convenient and you don't have to book train tickets days in advance.

The Shinkansen from Tokyo - Nagano runs regularly, and generally trains are only booked full for 64%! So getting seats is not a problem, unless you travel on a national holiday.

The bus to Hakuba runs about every hour and you buy tickets for it directly on Nagano station, again no need to worry. Also in case it sells out, just use a local train instead.

Hope this helps and catch some good snow!
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Hi Daniel

Thank you for responding so quickly. After reading your reply my stress levels have gone down.
Again, thank you.

sharon C
sharon C

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