Access to JR Nagano Station (Nagano City, Nagano)
JR Nagano is on the Hokuriku Shinkansen.
If you are connecting through...
- Tokyo: approx. 90 minutes by Shinkansen
- Kanazawa: approx. 65 minutes by Shinkansen
- Omiya, Saitama: approx. 65 minutes by Shinkansen
Another option is the Wideview Shinano train fro Nagoya (approx 3 hours) over and through the Central Alps (Kiso Mountains)
Closest Airport: Matsumoto Airport
Matsumoto is approximately 60 minutes from Nagano City by train. The airport is also INCONVENIENTLY located in Matsumoto. (http://www.matsumoto-airport.co.jp/timetable/index.htm)
There are limited flights to-from Sapporo, Osaka, Kobe, Fukuoka. This is perhaps an option for people coming from the furthest regions in Japan. But for most people flying, flights to Haneda or Narita, then a train to Tokyo station, and the Hokuriku Shinkansen from Tokyo would likely be more convenient/faster.