I am planning my itinerary for my trip to explore Nagano prefecture in late June and I am looking for a means of transport to get to Hakuba from Nagano City. Currently the bus timetable available is from Dec to March, http://www.go-nagano.net/tripinfo/bus-timetables/matsumoto#hakuba.
Just wondering whether this bus service will still be available after that? Also, is there any bus service to Hakuba straight from Tokyo? That would be more convenient.
Buses are available between Nagano and Hakuba between April and November as well, running eight times a day from 8:20 to 20:00 (and reaching Hakuba in 70 minutes). We will update the schedules in the next few weeks. In the mean time, you can see the timetable on the Alpico website here.
There is also a direct bus between Shinjuku and Hakuba, also run by the Alpico company. It runs four buses a day at 7:35, 9:35, 15:05, and 18:15. It takes about 5 hours to reach Hakuba Happo Bus Terminal from Shinjuku Bus Terminal. One-way fare is 4,850 yen.
You can make reservations for the Shinjuku-Hakuba bus at Highwaybus.com’s English language website.
I hope that helps answer your question.
Thanks for the prompt reply.
One more question regarding bus services, is there any bus that can take me from Hakuba to Sarukura, somewhere between 26 – 30 June? Because I have been looking up online, the bus service schedule for this route by Alpico does not seem to be available during this period.
There doesn’t appear to be any other bus that runs to Sarukura during June. The only other option would be to take a taxi from Hakuba, which would cost about 3,700 yen.
Regarding water supply, do all lodgings on top of the mountain ranges allow you to top up your water supplies, even if you are not staying in them?
Yes, you can fill up your water supply at mountain lodges, usually for a small fee (about 100 to 200 yen).