I’m keen to do some hiking at Hakuba (Mt Shirouma) this summer and would like to know if it’s better to stay near the station itself or Nagano?
I’ll be coming from Shinhotaka Ropeway and would like to know how to get to Hakuba.
Thanks for your question.
If you haven’t seen our Mt. Shirouma page already, please take a minute to check it out.
The hike to Mt. Shirouma and back takes about 10 hours, so you should spend the night at either the Sarukura-so lodge at the base of the hike, or stay at Shirouma-dake Sancho Sanso near the peak. The latter would be easier as you could break up the hike over two days. Since the trail crosses the snowy valley of the Daisekkei, you’ll also want stiff hiking boots and crampons to get plenty of grip.
To reach Hakuba, you’ll first need to travel from the Shinhotaka Ropeway to Matsumoto using the Takayama–Matsumoto bus (2,370 yen, 95 min.). From Matsumoto, take the Oito line train to Hakuba Station (local line: 1,140 yen, ~95 min.; express: 2,140 yen, 60 min.).
I hope that helps answer your question. Let me know if you’d like to know anything else.
Thank you so much for the Alpico Bus information! It was most useful.
From the website, there are only three ticket counters listed. If i’m boarding from Shinhotaka Ropeway, where or how do I pay?
Mt Karamatsu and Happo Pond hikes look fabulous too. Am spoil for choice 🙂
I’m glad I could be of help!
While only three ticket counters are listed, there is also a ticket counter at Hirayu Onsen as well. If you happen to board from another bus stop, then you can pay when you board.
got it! thank you Blair!