Getting To Cortina, Hakuba

Getting To Cortina, Hakuba

Where is Cortina Ski Resort?

Cortina is the most northern of the Hakuba Valley ski resorts, just a few kilometres from route 148 and 6km from the village of Otari and the JR Minami Otari Train Station (Oito line).

Cortina is located 14km from the town of Hakuba and 16km from the Happo One ski resort, a drive that takes 20 to 30 minutes. Hakuba Cortina is 58km by road northwest of Nagano in the Nagano Prefecture on the main island of Japan (Honshu).

Travel Between Hakuba & Cortina

Day Trips:
If you’re staying in central Hakuba accommodation in villages such as Wadano or Happo, it’s possible to get a free bus service to Cortina but it can take a bit more effort compared getting to some of the other Hakuba ski resorts, and it’s the furthest away so it takes more time. Buses depart from the Happo One information centre so you’ll need to get there first. Get a bus schedule from your accommodation or the info centre. The buses can get pretty packed on a powder day.

There are also a few Hakuba hotels that provide private shuttles to and from Cortina for day trips. Other options include getting a taxi or doing a day tour with Good Guides.

If you want to use the Cortina Green Plaza Hotel as a base and do day trips to other Hakuba ski resorts, there are also a couple of free buses in the morning that head to Happo (and Tsuigake and Iwatake along the way), and a few that return to Cortina in the late afternoon.

Or if you're staying at other Cortina accommodation such as the Big Bear Cortina Lodge or Cortina Apartments, private shuttles to the other Hakuba ski resorts are included.

Overnight Guests:
For guests arriving at or departing from the Green Plaza Hotel, complimentary transfers can be organised between the hotel and the local Otari train station, Hakuba train station, Happo information centre, Hakuba Base Camp or any other Hakuba accommodation (these can be organised as part of the hotel booking process).

Travel to Cortina from Tokyo Airport

There are various options for getting to Cortina from Narita Airport. If your flight arrives into Narita Airport after 7pm you may need to get a taxi for part or all the journey, or overnight at a Narita airport hotel or a Nagano hotel.

Option 1 (Easiest):
  • Travel to Hakuba Cortina via a shuttle bus transfer from Narita Airport (or Haneda Airport) with Nagano Snow Shuttle (select the Otari Village hotel drop-off). The bus transfer takes longer than the train/train/bus combo, about 5-6 hours, but it provides the advantage of not having to lug your bags around the train stations and on and off trains.
Option 2:
  • Taxi: Travel via chartered Chuo taxi from Narita Airport – 5 hours, good if you have a group and/or your flight arrives late in the day.
Option 3:
  • Catch a train from Narita Airport to Tokyo or Ueno, then a bullet train (Shinkansen) to Nagano.
  • From Nagano, arrange for an inexpensive Green Plaza Hotel transfer from Nagano to Cortina (set times only).
Option 4:
  • Catch a train to Minami Otari Station. See Hyperdia for train routes, timetables and fares.
  • Arrange for a free Green Plaza Hotel transfer or transport with other Cortina accommodation (or taxi). 

Cortina Night Bus

There is a night bus that goes between Cortina, Norikura (not much happening there in the evenings), the town of Otari, and Tsuigake which has various cute restaurants and izakayas. This can be a great way to escape the Green Plaza Hotel if you’ve had one too many buffet meals in a row! Get the latest bus schedule from the hotel.

Or some of the other Cortina accommodation providers offer evening shuttles to Tsugaike.

Other Hakuba Ski Resorts Nearby

There are various other Hakuba Valley ski resorts near Cortina:
  • Norikura is interconnected via the slopes and about 3km to the village by road
  • Tsuigake Kogen is further south again and 5.6km by road
  • The next one along the valley is Iwatake (13km by road)
  • The most popular of the Hakuba ski resorts is Happo One ski resort (16km away)
  • Further south again is Hakuba 47 (19km) which is interconnected with Goryu.
The Hakuba ski resorts are connected via a bus system that travels along the valley.

Other Nagano Ski Resorts Nearby

Hakuba Cortina is ideal for a 3 – 5 day visit in combination with a longer stay at another Nagano ski resort such as Nozawa Onsen or Myoko Kogen. There are shuttle buses between Hakuba and Nozawa Onsen, Myoko Kogen, Madarao, Tangram and Shiga Kogen with Nagano Snow Shuttle (Inter-Resort). The inter-resort transfers arrive and depart from the Hakuba Base Camp in Echoland.