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Getting There & Away

From Ueno, take the Jōetsu shinkansen (¥4410, 50 minutes) or JR Takasaki line (¥1940, two hours) to Takasaki and transfer to the Jōetsu line (¥840, one hour).

Most JR Pass holders will elect to catch the Jōetsu shinkansen direct to Jōmō Kōgen from Tokyo/Ueno (¥5390/5180, 1¼ hours), from where buses run to Minakami (¥620, 25 minutes).