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Ueno to Matsumoto

Discussion in 'Japan' started by skivet, Jun 15, 2019.

  1. skivet

    skivet Addicted

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    good afternoon all,
    Next ski trip we are spending a weekend in Matsumoto before we head on to Hakuba.
    I notice on hyperdia there is the option of shrink train to Nagano then out to Matsumoto or a limited express Shinjuku to Matsumoto. We love the fast train, have done it several times to Nagano. Has anyone done the second option and if so what is it like?
     
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    Second option is the Super Azusa. It is great. I would recommend if you’ve done the Shinkansen, then definitely give this one a go if you are heading through Matsumoto.
     
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    Thanks so much Crispy! Will definitely do, also in the jr east pass as well so may be worth getting.
     
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    Did it this year Jan on way to Myoko, 2 nights Matsumoto, nice views from the train, takes about 2.5hrs and more like a "local train" no other Gaijin on the train :D
     
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    Direct train for the win.
     
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    Another vote for the Azusa. Don't try getting there on local trains (which I actually met someone doing a few years back).
     
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    Well it's kinda direct.
    It leaves from shinjuku. Which is a bit of a hike in early morning peak from Ueno.
    As per OP
     
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    The Azusa goes from Shinjuku direct to Hakuba, once a day, at 7:30am. It takes just under 4 hours, arriving a bit before 11:30am.
    It returns direct from Hakuba once a day at 14.37 or 14.38 iirc. It takes just under 4 hours.
    If you're just heading to Matsumoto, there are 18 departures a day, and takes 2hr 40 min.
     
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    It will be a Saturday morning, so thinking ok especially since we are black catting our luggage.
     
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    Yeah. Saturday will be fine.
    I'd suggest getting tickets the day before.
    That's the worst thing about shinjuku
     
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    No, the worst thing about Shinjuku is actually finding your way around it.
     
  12. Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    It takes a while with Shinjuku, but all you need to know is where you want to go; North, South, East or West. However, Shibuya is more confusing if you arrive there by subway, and expect you know which exit you're coming out of.