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Transport to Matsumoto

Matsumoto is easily accessible by air road and rail.

On the Main Island (Honshu) International flights arrive at the New Tokyo International Airport (Narita), Kansai International Airport (Kanku) and the Chubu International Airport (Nagoya).

There are several ways to reach Matsumoto, but below we will show you the way from each of these airports on Honshu.

(Direct flights to Matsumoto are also available from Fukuoka (Kyushu) in case you are travelling from there.)

Of course, all fares and info below are subject to change.

From Tokyo Airport / Narita

Take the Narita Express "NEX", operated by Japan Railways (JR) Group, from the airport to Shinjuku station.

From there you can choose one of the following ways to get to Matsumoto City.

By JR limited express train

The train to Matsumoto is called the "Azusa" or "Super Azusa" limited express. (It is named after a river than runs through the area near by Matsumoto through Nagano Prefecture to the west coast).

The journey takes about 2 - 3 hours for the journey from Tokyo's Shinjuku Station to Matsumoto Station. The one-way fare is 6200 Yen for non-reserved seats and about 6700 Yen for reserved seats. (Six trip tickets cost 4500 yen per trip). There are one or two trains per hour depending on the time of day. The timetable is here.

By JR local trains

If you prefer to spend time rather than money and/or want to take a closer look at the countryside on a slower train, you can travel by standard local trains. They will stop at almost every station should you want to take a break or pause at a small town of interest along the way.

By local trains, the one-way journey from Shinjuku to Matsumoto on the JR Chuo East Line typically takes from 5 to 7 hours, (make sure you leave early enough to get there in one day if you don't want to stop along the way for a night). The trip will require about three transfers and cost 3610 Yen. With a Seishun 18 Kippu(ticket) you could do the trip for as little as 2300 Yen.

By bullet train to Nagano Station

It might be convenient for you to take the Shinkansen (bullet train) Asama from Tokyo (or Ueno) to Nagano Station especially if you have a Japan Rail Pass or a JR East Rail Pass, which are special passes for unlimited rides on JR trains and only foreigners visiting Japan for a short time can purchase them. It takes about one and a half hours to Nagano. You might first enjoy visiting Zenkoji Temple and transfer to the Shinonoi Line for trains to Matsumoto using a "Shinano" limited express train, which takes 50 minutes, or a local train.

By highway bus

Alpico and Keio bus companies operate an hourly service between the Keio Highway Bus Terminal in Shinjuku and Matsumoto. The one-way trip takes about 3 hours and costs 3400 Yen. A round trip ticket costs only 5950 Yen, but the return trip must be made within seven days of the outward journey. Click here to go to Alpico site for timetable and other information.

By shuttle bus

Chuo Taxi company operates "door-to-door" shuttle bus service between Narita/Haneda/Chubu airports and your hotel. Narita-Matsumoto costs 10500 yen. It is convenient, but more expensive than trains and buses and you have to reserve the service by phone or e-mail no later than 5 days before you ride (after that, you might be able to ride it only if there is an available seat). Click here to go to Chuo Taxi site for timetable and other information.

From Kansai International Airport (Kanku)

By JR limited express and Bullet trains

Shinkansen
"Shinkansen"

Take the "Haruka" limited express train requiring about 1 hour for the journey from the airport to Osaka station. Then take the "Shinkansen" ('Bullet Train') requiring 1 hour for the journey from Osaka station to Nagoya station. The final stage taking about 2 hours, is on the the "Shinano" limited express train from Nagoya station to Matsumoto and Nagano. The one-way fare from start to finish is 13120 Yen. The timetable is here.

By JR local trains

The one-way journey from Kansai Airport to Matsumoto on the JR Line takes from 7 to 8 hours, typically requiring more than four transfers and costing 7040 Yen. With a Seishun 18 Kippu you could do the trip for as little as 2300 Yen.

By highway bus

Once you get to Osaka station, you may also choose to use a highway bus service. Alpico and Hankyu bus companies operate twice daily between Hankyu Osaka Bus Terminal at Osaka Station and Matsumoto. The one-way trip takes about 5 hours and 30 minutes and costs 5710 Yen. A return ticket costs only a little less at 10100 Yen, but the return trip must be within ten days of the outward journey. Click here to go to Alpico site for timetable and other information.

From Chubu International Airport (Nagoya)

By Meitetsu train and JR limited express train

Shinkansen
"Shinano"

The "Meitetsu" limited express takes about 40 minutes for the journey from the airport to Nagoya station. Then take the "Shinano" limited express train from Nagoya station to Matsumoto and Nagano. This is about a 2 hour journey. The one-way fare is 6150 Yen and it leaves hourly. The timetable is here.

By JR local trains

By local trains, the one-way journey from the airport to Matsumoto on the Meitetsu Airport and JR Chuo West Lines takes about 5 hours, five transfers and costs 3990 Yen. (As noted above take care to check you have time before the final local trains to get to your destination. trains will usually run until between 11pm or 12am). With a Seishun 18 Kippu(ticket) you can do the trip for as little as 2300 Yen. (You need to buy a seperate ticket when you use the Meitetsu line from the airport.)

Highway Bus

Once you get to Nagoya station, you may also choose to use a highway bus service. Alpico and Meitetsu bus companies operate every two or three hours between Meitetsu Bus Center at Nagoya Station and Matsumoto. The one-way trip takes about 3 hours and 15 minutes and costs 3460 Yen. A return ticket costs only a little less at 5000 Yen, but the return trip must be within four days of the outward journey. Click here to go to Alpico site for timetable and other information.
(Before, Kawanakajima buses operated directly between Chubu International Airport Bus Terminal and Matsumoto, but they ended service in 2008. -- It's too bad since it was convenient!)

By shuttle bus

Chuo Taxi company operates "door-to-door" shuttle bus service between Chubu airport and your hotel. It costs 9000 yen. It is convenient, but more expensive than trains and buses and you have to reserve the service by phone or e-mail no later than 5 days before you ride (after that, you might be able to ride it only if there is an available seat). Click here to go to Chuo Taxi site for timetable and other information.

From Hida Takayama

By bus

See here.

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