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how to use pass to go from tokyo to nagano

How to use pass to go from Tokyo to Nagano

I need a rail pass to get into the city from Narita Airport, and then, to visit Jigokudani near Nagano. What is the best pass to buy, and is it worth the cost as opposed to just buying the ticket? How do I get from Tokyo (which station) to Nagano- e.g.: which type of pass?

DaleGDavis
DaleGDavis

Hi there!

The normal fare for a one way ticket Tokyo - Nagano is ¥ 7,770, which is a direct Shinkansen route between Tokyo and Nagano stations. There's not really a pass that would help you make savings if your travel is limited to Tokyo - Nagano (and Jigokudani). So I would suggest buying normal tickets. An alternative would be to use an express bus from Tokyo or Shinjuku station, these will set you back around ¥ 4,000yen for one way but take about 90 longer to reach Nagano.

I hope this helps!
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Thanks Daniel-San:

In reference to my above question, can I wait until I get to my hotel in Tokyo (Hilton) 3 days (Feb 12) before my trip to Nagano/ Jigokudani, to purchase the Japan rail ticket for Feb 15 and return on February 18?
Should I purchase the green seats?
I look forward to your reply.

Dale Davis,M.D.

DaleGDavis
DaleGDavis

Hi Dale Davis,

You could purchase the tickets just before departure, Feb 12-15th is not especially busy and obtaining seats should be not issue.

Traveling using Green Class comfortable and can be much more relaxed than Ordinary Class, at the same time it is optional though - most people will be more than fine. For reference, a ticket for Green Class is ¥ 10,460.

I hope this helps too!
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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