On November 22nd at 10:08pm, a Magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit our prefecture centered on Kamishiro. The Kamishiro area several houses collapse and several people injured but overall, we seem to have avoided major damage. That is fortunate, as Hakuba, Nozawa Onsen, Shiga Kogen and the rest of Nagano are gearing up for another season of powder snow and spectacular skiing. In fact, some ski areas are already operating (such as Shiga Kogen) and Hakuba’s ski lifts are scheduled to start from Friday 05-Dec.
Latest earthquake-related transportation info as follows.
Area trains stopped running at the time, but as of the 25th the only disruption is on the JR Oito Line which is currently stopped between Hakuba Station and Minami Otari Station due to a landslide. (Temporary bus service between the two is being provided.)
Alpico Express Bus service between Nagano City and Hakuba / Omachi has resumed.
As of 7am on the 23rd, all Expressways in Nagano have been operating normally.
Main roadway disruptions as follows:
Route 148 is currently closed. Detour on Route 433 (large trucks prohibited).
As you can see, transportation disruptions caused by the earthquake are fairly limited. Nagano is waiting for you to come and visit, and enjoy as always our towering mountains, fantastic powder snow, prestigious temples, authentic castles, historical post towns, frolicking snow monkeys, rejuvenating onsen baths, and so much more!