From Tokyo to Nagano by Bullet Train
So now you’ve spent a few days in Tokyo doing all the touristy stuff. Did you make sure to visit Shinjuku? I’m just saying this because I love that town!
Anyway, the easiest and fastest way to get to Nagano from Tokyo is by catching a bullet train. However, there are some buses to get to Nagano too. I will explain that later in another post too.
I’ve got a few reasons to recommend this to you rather than buses because,
- My impression is that Shinkansen=Bullet Train in Japanese, has more room around your legs than usual Economy class seats on airplanes
- You don’t get affected by traffic jam like you do on buses
- It’s so clean inside
- It’s simply amazing how fast these trains go
So here’s the detail to get to Nagano 長野駅 by bullet train 長野新幹線.
The straight distance between Tokyo Station and Nagano Station is about 180km.
I leave a google map here for you.
Fare: 8200 Yen for unreserved seat/Adult
Duration: 1:30 min
Departs pretty much every 15 min
Max Speed: 260km (Between Takasaki Station and Nagano Station, apparently!)
Here’s another thing that benefits you to know.
If you are already in the northern part of Tokyo, you may as well head up to Ohmiya 大宮 to catch these, rather than heading back south to get to Tokyo Station. That will save your time.
If you are staying near Shibuya 渋谷, Shinjuku 新宿, Ikebukuro 池袋 and so on, simply catch either,
- Saikyo Line 埼京線
- Shonan Shinjukun Line 湘南新宿ライン
(Here’s a link for you to the JR East’s PDF Routes&Map around Tokyo and Surrounding Area)
So enjoy your fast ride on a bullet train and I’ll see you at Nagano Station.
Soredewa Suguni Oai Shimasho それでは すぐに おあいしましょう = I’ll see you shortly