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
Thanks for your question.
There are many rental agencies within walking distance of Nagano Station, which you can see on this blog post about renting a car in Nagano.
For hotels, the Hotel Metropolitan Nagano is attached to Nagano Station and is a great location for access to Nagano City’s restaurants. Zenkoji Temple is about a 20-minute walk from the station, or you can take a bus to the temple in about 10 minutes. Some other nearby options include the Tokyu Rei Hotel and Dormy Inn.
Shibu Onsen is a popular hot spring area with beautiful cobblestone streets, traditional buildings, and sotoyu public baths. If you enjoy hot springs and want to experience an old-fashioned hot spring town, I highly recommend a visit. You can also see the nearby snow monkeys at Jigokudani Yaen Koen while you’re here. One night is probably sufficient. Here are some hotel options you may consider:
I hope that helps answer your questions. Let me know if I can help you with anything else.