Centrair Airport

Centrair Airport opened on a man-made island in Ise Bay back in 2005, continuing Japan’s development of off shore airports that began with the opening of Kansai Airport. Designed to replace the cramped Komaki airport, this is a state of the art facility, with easy access and excellent services.

Most flights arrive at the main terminal 1, but low cost carriers use terminal 2 located near car park 3 & 4

Private Transfers

We offer a wide range of private transfer services for 2 to 200 people. With private transfers, you will be met in the arrival lobby of the airport and taken to your vehicle.

All services operate under the road transport law of Japan, and all drivers have passenger carrying full licenses.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

There is only really one way to make the trip from Nagoya’s Centrair Airport to Hakuba Valley.

It involves a number of changes, but is not that difficult once the route is understood.

There are a couple of very good connections but if you do not time it right you may have a long wait somewhere along the route.

Below is a summary of the most convenient connections.

Dep Chubu APArr Meitetsu Nagoya Sta.Dep JR Nagoya Sta.Arr Matsumoto Sta.Dep Matsumoto StaArr Shinano OmachiDep Shinano OmachiArr Hakuba

The above timetable is subject to change, please check with us the latest timetable before traveling.
If you do not use one of the above connections, it is often easier to stay on the Wide View Shinano train through to Nagano Station, and catch the bus to Hakuba from there.

Centrair Airport to Nagoya

Myu Sky Express

By far the easiest way to get from Centrair airport to downtown Nagoya is the Myu – Sky Express that runs from Centrair airport through Nagoya and on to Gifu.

The trip from to central Nagoya takes about 30 minutes, and arrives at Meitetsu Nagoya Station.

As this is not part of the JR network, a separate ticket is required and JR Rails Passes are not valid on this line.

Meitetsu Nagoya to JR Nagoya Stations

Transfer at Nagoya

Meitetsu Nagoya and JR Nagoya Stations are right next to each other, however you do have to walk though a large shopping arcade to get from one to the other.

On getting off the train, head towards the front of the train and go up the stairs to the ticket gates. Put your tickets into the machine and walk through. (tickets will not be returned).

From here the route to JR Nagoya Station is well sign posted.

For reference sake, you will be on the Sakura Dori (or East) side of the station.

Buy a ticket at the ticket counter all the way to Hakuba.

Nagoya to Matsumoto

Wide View Shinano Train

The limited express train from Nagoya to Matsumoto is called the “Wide View Shinano” 。It is a “Furikoshiki” train, which means the cars sway into curves to allow the train to maintain a higher speed. But this can cause some people to experience motion sickness.

There is one departure per hour between 07:00am and 07:40pm. Up until and including 04:00pm, trains leave on the hour, every hour. after that times vary.

The trip from Nagoya to Matsumoto takes a little over 2 hours.

On arrival at Matsumoto you are greeted by a woman singing the name “Matsumoto” over the PA system. Which sounds (to me at least) a bit like the food trucks selling grilled sweet potatoes all over Japan.

Matsumoto to Hakuba

JR Oito Line

From Matsumoto to Hakuba, the trains run on the JR Oito line. This is very much a local line, and trains are not that frequent. It pays to plan your trip in advance at avoid a long wait at Matsumoto Station.

There are several trains a day that go straight through to Hakuba, but most require another train change in Shinano Omachi, a small town about 30 km south of Hakuba.

The run up from Matsumoto to Hakuba is very scenic, and you want to sit on the left hand side of the train to view the Northern Alps and the lakes area just south of Hakuba.