Tateyama Kurobe Option Ticket & Luggage

March 11th, 2019


i am planing to do the Tateyama Kurobe alpine route from Nagano to Toyama and stay 1 night at Midagahara hotel .

my questions are 

1. Where can I get the Tateyama Kurobe option ticket in Nagano?

2. Plan to take the first express bus at 8.15am from Nagano station to Ogizawa but baggage deposit center Yamato transport opens at 9am. Where and how I can do my baggage transfer without missing the first bus.

3. Plan to transfer our big luggage to Dentetsu Toyama station following day and carry only day pack when stay at Midagahara . Is it possible to arrange following day pick up instead of same day pick up?


thank you for your help 

Visiting Kamikochi in early April

March 6th, 2019

I would like to visit Kamikochi on 10 or 11 April 2019 for just sightseeing. I’m curious, will we have buses running there? how much can I see while it is not officially opened yet?

Thank you in advance.

Sora Terrace

March 6th, 2019

We plan to go to Sora Terrace on 13 & 14 Apr 2019. Is it open and if so, do we need to book for shuttle from Yudanaka station to Ryuoo Ski Park.  I can only find the shuttle schedule  from 15 December to 24 March 2019. Please advise. Thank you.

Where can I go in Nagano in March ?

March 1st, 2019

Hi, I am planning to head to nagano from 20-22 March. I have no idea where to go. Can i have a rough idea on how the weather is like usually at this timing, is there anywhere else you can recommend? 

Will hakuba even be opened on the date that i am going?

Thank you!

Seeing milky way at achi village

February 25th, 2019

Hi, is it possible to see the milky way in august just at Achi Village without going up to Star Village Achi? 

Matsumoto Castle as a day trip from Nagano

February 8th, 2019

I’m planning to visit Nagano prefecture in May to visit Zenkoji, Togakushi Jinja, Yudanaka Onsen, and the Magome-Tsumago trail. 

I’m also thinking of taking a day trip to Matsumoto castle, but I want recommendations of places and attractions that I can visit on the same day without spending too much time on buses and trains. Is Kamikochi a viable visit on the same day as Matsumoto?

Day trip to Hakuba from Nagano for skiing

January 29th, 2019

Hi! I am staying in Nagano for a few days in february, and I’m intrested in going to the Hakuba ski resort for skiing just over a day. Is that possible or would you recommend staying the night in Hakuba as well?

Best regards


Traveling to Hakuba from Tokyo

January 25th, 2019


Our group is looking to travel to Hakuba towards the end of Season. An option would be clearly to take the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Nagano then take a bus into the Hakuba. 

Is there still a directly bus running from Tokyo directly into and from Hakuba? Our group is planning to travel there on 23-27 of March.

road closure

January 21st, 2019

Is Highway 292 open from Myoko to Iiyama in winter?


January 21st, 2019

Hi there,

I will be travelling to the area in a week and half with my family – we are 2 adults and 2 children (6 years and 2 years)

We would like to tour for about 4 days in the Nagano area, maybe head on to Matsumoto, Takyama, maybe shirakawa-go (If its not all too far). I am not looking for a long route.
what itinerary would you suggest for 3-4 days. We are coming from Tokyo and already have a night booked in Nagano (2nd Feb) and we are looking to fill 3 more night before going back to Tokyo (or Hakone).
Also – how would you travel – by train, shuttle or car (with 2 kids it get hard – but the roads must be dangerous this season)?

Thank you,