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Karuizawa snow tires needed in early Jan? 2019/11/22 23:22
My family is thinking of visiting Karuizawa upon arriving at Narita airport 8th January . Our itinerary will be Narita airport => Karuizawa => Tokyo( 3 days ). Will there be snow in this period and are snow tires required ? We will not be visiting any ski resorts, our itinerary include shiraito falls, kyu karuizawa, karuizawa prince outlet. Thanks!
by nikki (guest)  

Re: Karuizawa snow tires needed in early Jan? 2019/11/23 08:47
There is a considerable probability to encounter winter driving conditions. Snow tires are strongly recommended. If you are not used to drive in winter conditions, I recommend to use public transportation, instead.
by Uji rate this post as useful

Re: Karuizawa snow tires needed in early Jan? 2019/11/23 10:38
People who donft have winter driving experience often think that you can just put snow tires on a car and it makes driving on snow and ice safe and easy. The truth is, snow tires may give you a little more traction but they really donft help all that much. Winter driving is an acquired skill, and not one to be acquired in a foreign country, on holiday, in an unfamiliar rental vehicle. Itfs just not a safe proposition.
by Kim (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Karuizawa snow tires needed in early Jan? 2019/11/23 11:35
All of those places you want to go are easily accessible by bus or train, too.
by Lazy Pious (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Karuizawa fr Narita airport 2019/11/24 03:15
Thank you so much for your replies ! We ell go take your advice and go by public transport instead.
Wefre touching down at Narita about 230pm. Would like to get the Tokyo Wide Area Pass. Hopefully itflI be possible to still catch the NEX to Tokyo station at around 15:44. However, I searched Narita airport to Karuizawa on Jorudan and realised that if I missed the 16:52 Hokuriku Shinkansen , I would have to wait till 18:04 for the next train.
I took a look at the Hokuriku shinkansen timetable (link below) and saw that there is suppose to be an Asama 623 at 17:32 but this doesnft show up on the Jorudan search.

(1) Does anyone know which is right?

https://www.eki-net.com/pc/jreast-shinkansenreservation/English/wb/com...


(2) Also, we want to get to Karuizawa as early as possible. Does it make any sense to go by Skyliner to Ueno( and pay extra) for the Hokuriku Shinkansen even though we have the Tokyo wide area pass?


Thank you!
by Nikki (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Karuizawa snow tires needed in early Jan? 2019/11/24 08:42
In October, a typhoon caused about ten Hokuriku shinkansen train sets to be destroyed by flooding. As a result, there is a shortage of Asama trains between Tokyo and Nagano, and the timetable has been adjusted, and changes are taking place from time to time. It is best to check with the current timetable on the JR East website because some of the timetable websites are not updated accordingly:
https://www.jreast.co.jp/e/

The timetable valid after November 30 is here:
https://www.jreast.co.jp/aas/1115hokuriku_eg.pdf

As you can see, there is also a departure at 17:32
by Uji rate this post as useful

Re: Karuizawa snow tires needed in early Jan? 2019/11/24 13:50
Thank you Uji! Once again, youfve been so helpful!! Glad to have this useful and updated information!!
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