transport from snow monkey resort to kyoto end of december

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BURCİN YILDIZ DURAL Female Other countries in Europe 2019/06/11


I’m planning to visit snow monkey resort end of december. I’m wondering whether to return to tokyo and from there go to kyoto or take the limited express shinano directly to kyoto? I have a 5 year old so not sure which one will be easier and more fun. Is the scenery on the limited express shinano nice in the winter? Finally, I can’t seem to find the time table for limited express shinano from nagano to kyoto. I’d appreciate your help. 

Nagano Prefecture Tourism PR character “Arukuma” 2019/06/11

Hi there,

Thanks for your question about visiting Nagano. There are three ways to travel to Kyoto from Nagano: via Tokyo, Nagoya, or Kanazawa. I’ve included the typical fares and travel times below:

Hokuriku Shinkansen to Tokyo
Tokaido Shinkansen* to Kyoto
(249 min., 19,030 yen)

Limited Express Shinano to Nagoya
Tokaido Shinkansen* to Kyoto
(227 min., 10,150 yen)

Hokuriku Shinkansen to Kanazawa
Limited Express Thunderbird to Kyoto
(215 min., 13,290 yen)

As you can see, Kyoto via Tokyo is the longest and most expensive route. Kyoto via Nagoya is the cheapest, and Kyoto via Kanazawa is the fastest. If you have the JR Rail Pass, be aware that the Nozomi Shinkansen that runs on the Tokaido Shinkansen line is not covered, so you would want to ride the Hikari or Kodama trains instead.

I can’t say which route has the best scenery as I haven’t rode on the Thunderbird or Tokaido Shinkansen lines before, but the scenery of the Kiso Valley on the Shinano is nice. However, the ride is not the most comfortable.

For train times, I recommend using the Hyperdia Website.

I hope that helps answer your question!


Guest 2019/06/11

Hi Blair, 

thank you so much for the detailed response. 

It definily answers my question. I will have a JR pass so taking the route via tokyo is still an option but I\’ll probably take the route via kanazawa. 

thanks again, 


Nagano Prefecture Tourism PR character “Arukuma” 2019/06/12

Hi Yildiz,

I’m glad I could be of help!


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