Nagano Snow Resort Pass


The Nagano Snow Resort Pass allows holders unlimited use of trains and buses in the Nagano snow area, in the Japanese Alps. This includes access to places such as NaganoHakuba and Yudanaka, where tourists can enjoy snowboarding, skiiing and some amazing hot springs.

What does it cost?

2 Day Pass: Adults 5000 yen (about $40/€36), Children 2500 yen (about $20/€18).

When can I use it?

December 20th to March 31st.

Is it worth it?

Traveling up in the Japanese Alps can be expensive. If you plan to visit 2 different places over 2 days, then this pass starts to make sense. For example, if you did a day skiing in Hakuba, then relaxed in the hot springs of Yudanaka, this pass is good value. If you plan to stay for more time in one area, it’s cheaper to just get individual tickets.

What are the rules?

  • To be used over 2 consecutive days.
  • For foreign tourist only.
  • Not usable on JR trains.

Where can I buy it?

You can buy at Tourist Information centers, such as in Nagano or Hakuba.

How do I use it?

On buses, take a ticket as per normal, then show your pass when you get off and put your ticket in the machine.

For trains, just show station staff as you enter and exit trains or larger stations.

Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who has lived in and visited Japan for over a decade. Having traveled across the country, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel here, and has also worked for many leading tourism companies. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association.