Route 292 Kusatsu to Nagano

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Albert Ma Male United States 2018/01/26


I saw another topic on this but was looking for the specifics and couldn\\\’t seem to find it. I checked google maps and it seemed that a road named Route 292 was how you would get from Kusatsu to Nagano, however it would be closed during the winter. I will be heading there on March 26th. Would the road be opened by then? And even if there is no public transport, would it be possible to call a taxi to see if they could take us across?



Nagano Prefecture Tourism PR character “Arukuma” 2018/01/26

Hi Albert,

The Shiga-Kusatsu road, route 292, is closed during winter usually between mid-November and mid-April. This year it was closed on November 15th and will reopen on April 20th, 2018. There is normally a set of buses that run between Yudanaka, Kusatsu, and Mt. Shirane while the route is open.

I hope that answers your question.


Guest 2018/01/31

@blair Thanks for your answer, are there any alternative routes to get there while that road is closed? I see a couple of other possible route using google maps, such as maybe route 466, or are the other mountainous roads closed off as well? 

Nagano Prefecture Tourism PR character “Arukuma” 2018/01/31

The best way to drive to Kusatsu during winter is through Karuizawa. See this forum question about driving to Kusatsu for driving directions from Yudanaka.

I hope that helps.


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