appreciate if someone could provide info on travelling between Nikko and Nagano (the Monkey hot springs)... I've looked thru the JR East shinkansen and rail maps, can't find any good/convenient way to get from Nikko to Nagano... any direct trains/buses between these 2 places?
Just guessing here, but we had a similar issue in getting to Takayama. You might have to get back to Tokyo and go from there. You are getting into mountains in Nikko, and trains tracks run through the valleys and don't cross over mountain tops.
I know we looked at Nikko when we planned our trip to Japan and dropped it because it was difficult to fit in to our itinerary, and went to see the temples at Ise as an alternative (not a good one as things turned out).
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