Have you tried google ?Tour operator says coach will take 6 hours.
Seems way to long.
Is the train a better option?
Landing 07.30 Narita
Leaving 16.40 Haneda mid to late jan.
Thanks in advance for any advice.
Even moreso , with Jstar landing at the LCCT nowadaysMy two cents worth, if your on that useless J* flight from Cooly to Narita use these guys
They pick you up from Narita and drop you at your hotel door at about 0200. I've used them and was on the first lifts(or shuttle) that day. All depends if you want to overnight in Tokyo or get to the snow ASAP.
Except that there are more than two main ski areas.And now for the proper answer, Train to Nagano then over the pedestrian bridge and down the stairs to Nissan car hire, pick up a car (making sure you have an international drivers licence in Japan) and drive to Myoko. Having a car there is great to get into town and the best sushi places ever and to get between the two main ski areas.
If you get a GPS get them to show you how to enter the phone number of the place you want to get to, it only works in Japan but it works really well. Once you enter the phone number the GPS will take you to the address of that phone number.
... but then again, you sometimes are driving in 25cm of fallen snow on the road, particularly in the evenings when there's no snow clearing...Definitely take the train to Nagano no point driving from Tokyo. Look at Nisan Car Hire located just outside the train station.
No need for chains, driving on snow in Japan is nothing like here, still have to be careful but far dryer so more grip. It always felt weird driving at 80kph on snow covered roads.
In this instance unfortunately google and bing don't translate adequately to help much
Yep done that, one trip we did 2000 km traveling around over 3 weeks in all sorts of conditions, made me a much better snow driver but I do feel the snow here is a lot harder to drive on.... but then again, you sometimes are driving in 25cm of fallen snow on the road, particularly in the evenings when there's no snow clearing...
In my experience the rubber makes a big difference. Japan has proper snow tyres on the rentals. Australia has summer tyres or M&S tyres, while the USA has all season or M&S tyres. You can't beat a true snow tyre for grip.Yep done that, one trip we did 2000 km traveling around over 3 weeks in all sorts of conditions, made me a much better snow driver but I do feel the snow here is a lot harder to drive on.
It's a very long day for the kids, I would consider sleeping the night at Narita.We are going to Myoko for a week in march, and land at Narita at 6.30pm.
I'd love to rent a car for the duration to get around the resorts amd get there instead of train given we land at night and want to ski the next day. Driven in Japan once before when staying in furano (but this was pre kids back in the day!).
Is it easy and cheap enough to rent a 4wd or 2wd with chains from Narita? I shoud add that we have two 4 year olds and a 6 month old. Any recommendations for cheapish car rental companies? Tocoo showed no availability for anything - perhaps as its too far out.
All car rental posts I've seen seem to suggest renting from Nagano. Any guidance greatly appreciated.
So pumped for this trip. I hope the family love riding Japan as much as I do!