Access Guide

How to Get to Manza

Last updated: March 28, 2024

Manza is a popular getaway in all seasons, with onsen resorts, ski areas, and beautiful mountain views. Enjoy hiking in the warmer months and snow activities in winter. Manza is close to Kusatsu and accessible from Tokyo by a combination of shinkansen and bus.

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You can reach Manza Onsen in less than 3 hours by train and bus from Tokyo Station. Guests of the Manza Prince Hotel can take a free shuttle bus from Karuizawa Station to the hotel (reservations required). The Hokuriku Shinkansen runs from Tokyo Station to Karuizawa Station in around 70 minutes.

Tokyo Station

You can board Hokuriku and Joetsu shinkansen services at Tokyo Station. To reach Karuizawa Station, you need to take the Hokuriku Shinkansen.

Hokuriku Shinkansen

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The Hokuriku Shinkansen from Tokyo Station reaches Karuizawa Station via Takasaki in around 70 minutes. Most seats are reserved. The train fare is covered by various Japan Rail Passes.

Karuizawa Station

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The station offers convenient access to destinations in western Gunma, including Manza, Kusatsu, Tsumagoi, and Naganohara by local buses. The Manza Prince Hotel shuttle bus departs from the south exit. If you are staying at a different hotel in Manza, check if they offer a shuttle service. Local bus services to Manza depart from the north exit.

Bus to Manza Prince Hotel

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The hotel shuttle bus takes around 100 minutes to reach Manza Prince Hotel, with a stop at Manza Kogen Hotel.

Goal: Manza Prince Hotel

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The Manza Prince Hotel offers convenient access to Manza Onsen Ski Resort in winter, and scenic hiking routes in the warmer months. The outdoor onsen baths draw water from the Manza Onsen spring, known for its high sulfur content and therapeutic properties.

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If you are not staying at the Manza Prince Hotel, or there are no available seats on the shuttle bus, you can take a Seibu Kanko Bus from the north exit of Karuizawa Station to Manza Bus Terminal, then transfer to a free shuttle bus to the hotel. You can also reach Manza Onsen via Takasaki Station. Take a shinkansen to Takasaki Station, then transfer to a local train to Manza-Kazawaguchi Station. From the station, take a Seibu Kanko Bus to Manza Bus Terminal.

Tokyo Station

You can board Hokuriku and Joetsu shinkansen services at Tokyo Station. To reach Karuizawa Station, you need to take the Hokuriku Shinkansen.

Karuizawa Station

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The station offers convenient access to destinations in western Gunma, including Manza, Kusatsu, Tsumagoi, and Naganohara by local buses. Seibu Kanko Bus services depart from the north exit of Karuizawa Station to Manza Bus Terminal. If you are staying at a different hotel in Manza, check if they offer a shuttle service.

Bus to Manza Bus Terminal

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Seibu Kanko Bus local services depart from the north exit of Karuizawa Station to Manza Bus Terminal. The journey from Karuizawa Station takes less than 2 hours. Alternatively, take a train from Takasaki Station to Manza-Kawazaguchi Station, then transfer to a Seibu Kanko Bus service to Manza Bus Terminal (around 40 minutes). There are only a few bus services each day to Manza Bus Terminal, so plan your trip accordingly. You can pay the fare in cash or with a transportation IC card as you exit the bus.

Manza Bus Terminal

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Seibu Kanko Bus services from Karuizawa Station and Manza-Kazawaguchi Station stop at Manza Bus Terminal. The Manza Prince Hotel has a free shuttle service from the bus terminal to the hotel. Manza Nature Center near the bus terminal has rest rooms, information on the area, and a heated waiting area in winter.

Bus to Manza Prince Hotel

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From Manza Bus Terminal, it's about 5 minutes by free shuttle bus to the Manza Prince Hotel.

Goal: Manza Prince Hotel

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The Manza Prince Hotel offers convenient access to Manza Onsen Ski Resort in winter, and scenic hiking routes in the warmer months. The outdoor onsen baths draw water from the Manza Onsen spring, known for its high sulfur content and therapeutic properties.

Travel Tips

You can use the JR Tokyo Wide Pass, JR East Pass, and other JR passes for trains on this route. However, bus fares must be paid separately. There are many passes and travel combinations to discover, so use the links below to find your ideal travel plan.

- JR East Pass
- JR Tokyo Wide Pass
- Japan Rail Pass
- JR East-South Hokkaido Rail Pass

Save time and purchase train tickets and passes, and reserve seats online, before you travel.

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Accommodation

You can find a range of accommodations in Manza Onsen, including the Manza Prince Hotel. Many feature outdoor onsen baths with views of the surrounding mountains.

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