Itinerary For Emma & Charlie

  • DEC. 27 - Arrive at Tokyo Narita Airport (NRT) @ 17:45 on flight QF79 from Melbourne
    • The Nagano Snow Shuttle from NRT to Hakuba departs from Terminal 2. After you land,  go to Terminal 2 and find the Nagano Snow Shuttle counter. If you are not already in Terminal 2, then you will need to take a short bus (or train) to Terminal 2. 
  • Catch the Nagano Snow Shuttle at 20:30 bound for Hakuba. You have 2 seats reserved (Reservation # 25830) under the name: Emma Collister.
Snow Shuttle reservation
  • You should be dropped off at the Hakuba Springs Hotel and you should arrive at around 1:30 in the morning. 
  • Your reservation at the Hakuba Springs Hotel is under the name: Emma Collister.
  • DEC. 27 - Jan. 1: Stay 5 nights at the Hakuba Springs Hotel
    • Breakfast is included each morning at the Hakuba Springs Hotel. 
    • Your 4-day Hakuba Valley lift tickets will also be at the hotel and given to you when you check in.
Hakuba Springs Hotel reservation
Hakuba Springs Hotel


  • DEC. 28: Go to Rhythm Snowsports to pick up your skis & snowboard rentals. It is a 16 minute walk from your hotel. If you do not want to walk, you can ask the front desk at the Hakuba Springs Hotel to call Rhythm Snowsports.  On the first day of your rental, and included in your rental price, Rhythm will pick you up from your hotel and bring you to the shop.
  • From Rhythm, you have a 4-day premium ski & pole rental. The rental is under the name: Emma Collister. You will have to provide a credit card for them to put on file in case of damages to the equipment. Otherwise the rentals are paid for in advance. You can switch out your type of skis as much as you would like with a premium rental. 
  • return the rental gear to the same shop after skiing on Dec. 31. 
Hakuba Springs to Rhythm directions
Rhythm Snowsports Hakuba
Rhythm Hakuba details


  • DEC. 28 - Dec. 31:  Ski any of the 10 ski areas in the Hakuba Valley. The Happo-One ski area is within walking distance from the Hakuba Springs Hotel, and shuttles to the other areas leave from the Happo Base Center. The Hakuba Springs Hotel front desk can help answer any questions about local transportation 


  • If you would like to inquire about guided days, talk to the Evergreen Backcountry Guides also located in the Rhythm Snowsports building. 
  • If you would like to see the snow monkeys, then you can book a tour at the front desk of the Hakuba Springs Hotel, or you can take a bus to Nagano and another bus to the Snow Monkey Park to see them on your own. 


  • Jan. 1:  If you are taking the bus to Nagano and then the train back to Tokyo:
    • Catch one of the buses departing from the Happo Bus Terminal and going to Nagano Station. There are 10 departure times throughout the day and reservations are not accepted on this bus. To pay, you will purchase a ticket inside the Happo Bus Terminal or pay the bus driver directly. This bus takes 50 mins and will drop you off at the Nagano JR Train Station. The cost is US$ 16 per person (1,800 yen).
    • The Hakuba Springs Hotel is only a 4 minute walk from the Happo Base Center (Happo Bus Terminal).
Happo to Nagano Bus Route
  • Once at the Nagano Station, go inside and ask at the ticket counter for tickets to get to Tokyo Station (or wherever it is that you want to go in Tokyo). You can also buy tickets using automatic ticket machines, but they are quite confusing. If you go to Tokyo Station, you will take one of a number of bullet trains (on the Shinkansen line) that will take between 88 and 105 minutes and cost about US$ 75 per person. 
  • If you would like to instead reserve seats on the Nagano Snow Shuttle that will take you directly from Hakuba to Tokyo's Shinjuku Station, then I can arrange for this transportation at any time. 


  • Finally, enjoy your time in Tokyo and have a safe flight back home!

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