Making Your Way to Nagaden Nagano Station from JR Nagano Station
Once you exit the JR Nagano shinkansen or local train ticket gates, head to the Zenkoji Exit (West Exit). Going down the escalator, you will come to another set of escalators that will take you down to the basement level.
An elevetor is located a little further on near the number 5 bus stop.
Purchasing Your Tickets
EXPECT TO USE CASH FOR MOST PURCHASES
SUICA, TOICA, ETC. CANNOT BE USED ON THE NAGADEN RAILWAY
For the local train, the ticket costs 1160 yen (one way).
To go all the way to the Yudanaka Station in Yamanouchi, you will need to transfer once at Shinshu-Nakano Station. Simply get off the train and board the train bound for Yudanaka from the same platform. You do not need to exit the ticket gates.
Total Cost Round Trip: 2,320 yen
To take the limited express, buy a regular fare ticket from the machine for 1160 yen (one way).
You will then buy an additional 100 yen express ticket from the machine as well. English is available.
Total Cost Round Trip: 2,520 yen
Prices for Main Stops
Please see the bulletin board next to the ticket window for updates posted in English.
2-DAY Nagaden All-You-Can-Ride-Pass
Covers Nagaden trains (including express) and buses within the region.
Adult: 3,200 yen
Child: 1,600 yen
If going to the Snow Monkey Park (Winter Season Only):
It may be more economical to buy a one-day pass which allows you unlimited use of the trains and express and local buses running to the park AND covers the park entry fee. These passes need to be purchased at the ticket window.
Tentative Sale Period: 12/03/2016 - 03/31/2017
Adult: 3,200 yen
Child: 1,600 yen
Explore a mysterious hidden area that is home to the Togakure School of Ninja
The Ninja's Way of Life
American Ninja Warrior (a spin-off of the Japanese television series Sasuke), Ninja Turtles, Naruto ― the image of the ninja is a popular one, but one that is often portrayed in a fantastical light with little historical accuracy.
One type of Shuriken, the Shaken, or "throwing star".
In Togakushi, you'll find a ninja theme park which includes shuriken throwing, obstacle courses, and other things that you might expect to see in a ninja themed park. Kids and adults alike can enjoy the Kids Ninja Village or チビッ子忍者村 Chibiko Ninja Mura.
But you will also discover the deeper mysteries of the Ninja legacy that have been preserved here for hundreds of years.
What were the lives of ninja really like? Take a look at the lifestyle and techniques of real ninja. You can even study techniques with actively practicing ninja. If you are interested in martial arts or techniques that can be used in self defense, Togakushi Ninja are waiting to train you! Visit the Togakushi Folk Museum, the Togakushi Ninja, Museum, and the Ninja Trick Mansion .
You can also enjoy delicious Ninja Soba (buckwheat noodles).
Where to Stay
Aside from hotels and hostels available in the city center, a number of temple lodgings or Shukubo ― once used to house priests and offer travelers a place to stay and pray ― are available near the Togakushi Shrines.
Nagano City Hotels, Hostels, and Ryokans by Area in English
Togakushi Area (Primarily in Japanese, but please see below for an English translation of selections at the top of the page can be used to narrow your search results. Some of the lodgings' websites do offer English.)
エリアで絞り込むNarrow results by area
すべて選択 Select all 越水地区Koshimizu Area 中社地区Middle Shrine Area 宝光社地区 Hokosha Shrine Area 豊岡地区 Toyooka Area その他Other
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すべて選択 Select all 民宿 Japanese-style bed and breakfasts 旅館 Japanese Inn ホテル Hotel ペンション Pension
Buses run regularly from Nagano City's JR Nagano Station. For bus times and fares please visit the Alpico Nagano-Togakushi Bus Route web page. Round trip fare from the station to the Hokosha Shrine (the lower shrine) is 2,100 and fare to the Middle Shrine is 2,250. The upper shrine is only accessible on foot from the Okusha Parking Lot.
It is also possible to rent cars at a number of places around Nagano Station. You may be able to get discounts by booking online or if you intend to book train tickets in addition to an online car reservation. You can rent a car with 4WD for half a day with prices starting at around 5,000 yen. If you're visiting in the winter, snow tires are automatically included in your rental, but the upper shrine is inaccessible by vehicle during the winter months (around mid-November to late-April).
There are two main routes leading to Togakushi. One takes you past the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympic Bobsleigh and Luge Track.
A detailed blog article with information about things to do in English is provided by Myoko-Nagano: Explore the Heart of Japan here. Please verify dates and prices for specific venues or activities as some information may have changed.