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Chubu winter itinerary 2017/12/2 11:12
Hello everyone,

We're living in Osaka and are currently planning a longer trip to the Chubu area in early January.

Our itinerary: Osaka - Matsumoto - Nagano - Kusatsu - Shirahone - Takayama - Shirakawago - Fukui - Osaka

Did the math, and going by car would be a lot cheaper and more convenient. I am however concerned about the road conditions. I do have quite a bit of winter driving experience from my home country, but none in Japan.

Would I be struggling with a 2WD with snow tires, or should it be alright?
by MarkusLinden  

Re: Chubu winter itinerary 2017/12/3 15:00
Snow in Japan could be characterized by its high volume and wetness in the southern area. Your route is touching such an area. At least Shiga-Kusatsu route will be closed from 15 Nov to 20 Apr. I would go with a 4WD in the mountainous area in winter.
http://www.pref.gunma.jp/07/m04310042.html
http://www.nagano-tabi.net/modules/node/content0002.html

If you could share the winter driving techniques described here, you may be OK. Otherwise, snow in Japan would be different from that in your country.
http://www.mlit.go.jp/road/fuyumichi/drive.html

Both road and snow conditions are a function of time. There are some useful resources on the net. Shogatsu in early January is a busy period.
http://www.jartic.or.jp/
http://www.hrr.mlit.go.jp/hokugi/yukinavi/michi.html
https://weathernews.jp/s/topics/map/sekisetsuanl.html
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