driving in Karuizawa in December possible?

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Paula Female Singapore 2016/10/11

Hi   I’m planning to drive from Tokyo to Karuizawa and Obuse in December 1-8.  Not used to driving in snow.  Am concerned about the weather there in early December.  Will it snow then?  Please advise.

Nagano Prefecture Tourism PR character “Arukuma” 2016/10/11

Hi Paula,

It occasionally snows in Nagano during early December. The amount will depend on the year but it shouldn’t be an issue as long as you have snow tires. Also, you can take the highway between Tokyo, Karuizawa and Obuse so you won’t have to worry about narrow, snow-covered roads. Again, snow tires are a must (otherwise you won’t be allowed on the highway).

As long as you drive slowly and with caution (look out for suspicious patches of black ice!) you should have no issues. I hope you have a comfortable driving experience and enjoy your time in Nagano!


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