Hi I am considering the Matsumoto marathon in Oct 6th. Pls advise which airport is the best and quickest way to get to Nagano and on to Matsumoto. Would be better to stay in Nagano and travel to Matsumoto or stay in matsumoto itself.
Traveling time and price would be great. Suggestion of where to stay too pls. Thank you
Thanks for your question about Nagano.
Close airports to Matsumoto include Haneda International Airport (Tokyo) and Centrair International Airport (Nagoya). Travel from the former takes about 3 hours and 20 minutes and travel from the latter takes about 3 hours. Both cost around 7,000 yen way by train. I recommend using Hyperdia.com for train routes and details.
For accommodations, you’ll probably want to stay in Matsumoto as travel from Nagano City takes about 60-80 minutes depending on the train. I recommend looking at an online booking site like Booking.com. Hotels may be well-booked in central Matsumoto, so you may want to look at nearby hot spring areas like Asama Onsen and Utsukushigahara Onsen as well.
I hope that helps answer your question!