Nagano trip

January 7th, 2019


Hello there,

I am planning to go to nagano in the end of Jan.

I would like to spend one day for the onsen monkey garden and 善光寺. And another day is for ski in the 白馬村 area.

Is there any good deal transportation pass for those two days? And also could you recommend resort for ski in白馬村, it will be great with cheaper price.

Thank you and looking for your reply

Best regards,



Ski Pass for use across multiple resorts

December 6th, 2018

Hi Blair 
Is there a Ski pass or season ticket that we can purchase for use at multiple resorts such as:
Akakura Onsen
Myoko Kogen 
Shiga Kogen
Nozawa Onsen

Further, is it better to buy as a family or just as individual purchases?

Ski Camps for Teenagers (aged 13 to 17)

November 26th, 2018

Hi Blair
We are coming across to stay in Kurohime, Nagano in Mid December to stay until mid January 2019.

Our teenagers want to learn to snowboard, so please let me know if:
1) snow schools/camps exist for teenagers (aged 13 to 17) in Nagano?
2) if no snow schools exist, are there any Japanese Language Schools that incorporate snowboarding?
3) Is there anything else we should consider (basketball/tennis camps? etc).

Our son & daughter are very fit & would learn a lot from locals (& hopefully contribute as well).

We come across to Nagano several times a year, so we would like to get our kids involved in local activities (if possible & available).

Skiing around Nagano at the end of December

November 22nd, 2018

Dear sir,

I am

planning to visit Nagano at the end of December, 28-31, I might wonna try to ski in Shiga Kogen, Hakuba and Myoko, can you raccomend me a ski rental in Nagano city so I can rent it for 3 days or should I rent every day in a different resort? 

Could you also raccomend something else to visit?

thanks a lot


Car rental in Nagano

November 12th, 2018

Hi, I\’m taking the train from NRT to Nagano on the 23rd of November. Looking for a moderate priced rental car. ) I rented and drove to Mt Fuji last month.) I have business in Hakuba, and want to be mobile. Also, recommendation for a fun place to stay in Nagano, walking distance to the temple, restaurants etc.

Lastly , Thinking of driving to Shibu Onsen on Sunday? Worth spending a few days there vs Nagano?

Thanks -so much

Driving to Shirakwago

November 5th, 2018

Is it feasible to drive from Nagano to Shirakawago in mid-January?  I would prefer to have the flexibility, but I have limited experience driving in snow.

Kamikochi access on 6 Nov 2018

October 25th, 2018


I am planning a day trip to Kamikochi from Nagano on 6 Nov 2018. However I read that there are no bus services towards Kamikochi after 5 Nov. Are there any other ways to get there? 

Shuttle bus to Hirugami Onsen

October 11th, 2018

Hi ^^

We plan to visit Hirugami Onsen by bus in mid-December. I checked the bus schedule and found there would be no bus from Nagoya to Hirugami Onsen after 4 or 5 p.m. But there would be buses to Komaba after 4 p.m. Is Komaba near Hirugami Onsen? Can any of the hotels in Hirugami Onsen provide a shuttle bus from Komaba to the hotel if I book the hotel in advance? Thanks.

Travelling from Prince hotel west to snow monkeys

September 25th, 2018

Gday from Australia,

I’ll be checking out from Prince Hotel West Shiga Kogen on the 4th March 2019. My group of four is interested in seeing the snow monkeys on our way back to Tokyo. Some of our group has to be back at Narita airport at 6pm and we are going to travel by shinkansen after seeing the monkeys. 

I am currently thinking we will have to get a bus to Nagano first and from there travel to see the monkeys. Can you suggest any quicker or simpler methods than Bus both ways. I am guessing that a taxi from Nagano to Jigokudani would be about $200AUD each way?

Do i have to go right in to Nagano or is there a ‘shortcut’ along the way. Any advice you can provide about this side-trip is appreciated

Thanks for your help

Hakuba Happo-one or Tsugaike in Autumn

September 25th, 2018


My family will be visiting Matsumoto from the 8th to the 11th of October. 

We will be travelling by train from Takaoka and travelling onward to Tokyo. 

We will spend one day in Kamikochi but are thinking of also seeing the autumn colours at Tsugaike or Hakuba on our way to Matsumoto. We would like to walk for a couple of hours.

Which of Tsugaike or Hakuba would you recommend, and which would be easier when relying on public transport. 

Thank you