My husband and I had an opportunity to go abroad last week and used Narita airport to go and come back. While we were there, we checked out some useful access info for people who want to visit Matsumoto from Narita.
Access from Narita Airport
To get to Matsumoto, we recommend you to take the “Airport limousine” from Narita airport to Shinjuku station. Then you can take either the train or the bus to Matsumoto.
1) Take the “Airport limousine” from Narita airport to Shinjuku station.
Find the Airport limousine ticket counter and buy a ticket to Shinjuku station. They operate every 15 – 20 minutes from 7am to 10pm. The fare is 3,000yen (one way) and it takes about 85 minutes to Shinjuku station.
2-a) Take a highway bus from Shinjuku station to Matsumoto bus station.
Find the bus station just across the street from the Airport limousine bus stop. There are busses almost every hour (every 30 minutes in early evening) from 7am to 9pm. The fare is 3,400yen (one way) and it takes about 3 hours to Matsumoto bus terminal, which is in front of JR Matsumoto station.
2-b) Take the JR limited Express “Super Azusa” or “Azusa” from Shinjuku station to Matsumoto station.
After you get off the Airport limousine, head to JR Shinjuku station and buy a ticket from Shinjuku to Matsumoto on the Limited Express train “Super Azusa” or “Azusa” on the Chuo Line. The fare is 6,710yen (one way) for either train (the Super Azusa is a bit faster). It takes about 3 hours from Shinjuku station to Matsumoto station.
***If you are thinking of buying the “JR East pass”, which is an economical and flexible rail pass, I recommend you take train to Matsumoto.
Matsumoto has a lot of places to stay (Hotels and Japanese Inns), a lot of places to see (Matsumoto Castle, Kaiichi Former Primary School, and others) and a lot of food to try. So please head to Matsumoto!
This is a blog for foreigners in Japan from all over the world, so here is some extra advice for our visitors.
1. I recommend you go to the airport information counter near the exits after you pass customs. They have some useful information and brochures and can speak English.
2. If you have many and/or heavy luggage with you, I recommend using the Airport limousine and highway bus since they don’t require climbing any stairs.
For more information on access to Matsumoto, check out these websites: