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.
Thanks for your question.
Besides taking the Shinkansen to Nagano followed by bus, you could also take a bus directly from Shinjuku to Hakuba.
I hope that helps answer your question.