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Passing through Nagano City to Yudanaka

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Passing through Nagano City to Yudanaka

Hi all

I am trying to decide whether or night to stay the night in Nagano City or at a Ryokan in Yudanaka.

We will be travelling by Shinkansen from Tokyo and I had planned on having the rest of the day to look around Nagano City, staying the night and then travelling to Yudanaka to see the snow monkeys and spend the night at the Yudanaka Seifuso.

If we decide to spend the first night also a Yudanaka, we still want to have a look around Nagano City on our way through. My concern is what to do with our luggage as we don't want to lug it around Nagano whilst trying to sight see. Is there any luggage strorage at the railway station, and if so is it large enough for suitcases?

Many thanks for any advice

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1. Re: Passing through Nagano City to Yudanaka

There are coin lockers that should fit in large suitcases. But if you don't want to worry about this problem, use the takuhaibin service available at all hotels and convenience stores to have your luggage sent to your next destination before going to Nagano. Allow 2 days for delivery within Honshu.

Edited: 2:16 am, September 30, 2012
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2. Re: Passing through Nagano City to Yudanaka

There are convenient coin lockers at Nagano Station: http://www.go-nagano.net/blog/?p=6044

As for where to stay -- Nagano City vs. Yudanaka, it depends on what you're in the mood for, city vs. country. Yudanaka is a quiet onsen resort town in the countryside in the foothills of the Shiga Kogen mountains. If you are staying in cities during most of your trip to Japan, you may find staying in Yudanaka a refreshing change.

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3. Re: Passing through Nagano City to Yudanaka

Yes, I think staying at an onsen ryokan in Shibu-Yudanaka area is a better alternative to staying in Nagano City.

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4. Re: Passing through Nagano City to Yudanaka

Thanks guys

We are actually enroute to Hakuba for 7 days of skiing. Our first time in Japan.

We will have had 4 days in Tokyo and want to see the snow monkeys and a little bit of countryside before we head to Hakuba because once we get there I will not get the family off the ski slopes! So I am thinking we will do the 2 nights at the Ryokan in Yudanaka and either use the lockers or send our luggage in advance.

Any other tips will be gratefully received :)

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5. Re: Passing through Nagano City to Yudanaka

Nagano is more central if your plan is to see Yudanaka and surrounds including the monkeys at Jigokudani, then travel to Hakuba.

Hakuba is serviced directly by coach from Nagano station. You could also get there from Nagano by train. This would involve travel via Matsumoto and take twice as long as the coach trip and I suspect twice the outlay.

Yudanaka is about 45 minutes by train (Nagaden private railway) from Nagano and the trip is pleasant enough, We have enjoyed that rail trip and always stopped at Obuse en route. It is a lovely town noted for art galleries and a sake brewery (very pleasant sake!).

If your preference is to stay in ryokan style accommodation then Yudanaka is probably a better choice. Otherwise there are many business hotels near Nagano Station and bag handling issues will be minimised.

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6. Re: Passing through Nagano City to Yudanaka

Some information here on Shibu onsen & Jigokudani Monkey Park:


Information here on the limited international ATM's available (mainly in PO's & 7-11's). There's only about two locations in Hakuba valley, take some cash.


Drop into the Nagano Tourist Office on the station to get relevant bus timetables & maps.

Are you staying in Wadano area - you will need a taxi, or the hotel to meet you at tho Happo bus stop or Hakuba railway station. The valley is very spread out. Have fun:


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