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Drive from Tokyo to Hakuba?

Discussion in 'Japan' started by Iangordon22, Feb 6, 2019.

  1. Iangordon22

    Iangordon22 Hard Yards

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    Anyone driven from Tokyo to Hakuba?
    How was the drive, any issues and how long?
    Looking at rental from Narita, 3 guys on a road trip for 2 weeks.
    Gordo
     
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    Donzah Formerly know as Aldi whorehouse. Ski Pass: Gold

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    Easy drive.
    Expensive tolls $110.00aud. It's 80% freeway.

    Two ways to go. Depends on where you are leaving from.
    It's only a worry is when it snows in odd places .
     
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    Maybe 4 hours, unless you're unlucky with weather, but it's all straightforward. Makes sense for three of you. Make sure you have 4WD with winter tyres. You get these automatically in Nagano.
     
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    Absolutely

    To avoid routing into the countryside plug in Nagano 1st into your GPS and when you get into Nagano then put in Hakuba.
     
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    Usually 4ish hours. One time it took 10+. Take snacks and not a couple who are in the beginning stages of a breakup.

    Also, yes, snow tyres.
     
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    Donzah Formerly know as Aldi whorehouse. Ski Pass: Gold

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    I prefer Chuo way..
    Nicer drive IMO
     
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    The drive over the hills from Nagano to Hakuba is more hazardous than the flat route via Chuo and Matsumoto, in snowy or freeze/thaw conditions.
    Instead, go west on the Chuo out of Tokyo, then just after Matsumoto, follow the Hakuba signs, but use the back road, rather than the main road thru Omachi, with all the traffic lights.
     
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    Needs driving music.
     
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    Yup. Take the exit at Azumino IC. Near the Mont Bell outlet store.
     
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    Donzah Formerly know as Aldi whorehouse. Ski Pass: Gold

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    [​IMG] [​IMG] We always stop at that Royal Host store.

    Just for Hamburger steak
    [​IMG]
     
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    Dont miss that as the next exit is a LOOOOOONNNNGGGGG way after.
     
  12. Donzah

    Donzah Formerly know as Aldi whorehouse. Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yup
    I've seen
     
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    I’m having flashbacks to that drive through Omachi....not fun.
     
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    Snow?
     
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    Lights...so much traffic lights.
     
  16. Donzah

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    You went through the town didn't you.................

    Never ever

    You need to take the road on the causeway. No lights.
     
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    It's easy enough.... the Azumino exit follows the expressway on the western side for a while. It diverges from the expressway, and about 1km after, it takes a big bend at the Whitehorse place... about 400m later, turn right at the lights. That's the back road on the causeway to the west of the river... it also goes past a nice wasabi farm!
     
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    If you are going past this during the day, stop in and check it out!
     
  19. Iangordon22

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    Driving out of Tokyo at 6.30 pm
     
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    You sure thats a good idea? Can get pretty sketchy at night
    Why 6.30pm?
     
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    Catch train. Hire car from Nagano (or other closer to Hakuba). Quicker and less hassle.
     
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    Nah it's not...
    *depending what time you arrive. Which airport etc etc.
    Driving during the day is easy.
    At night. In snow. Not so much
     
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    As @Donzah said, after the flight, best case is pulling into accommodation ~midnight. If it's snowing, that drive is going to suck.
     
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    arrive at 5.30PM
     
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    Yep have done that a couple times, Flexibility of being able to maybe drive up north and not having to return via Nagano appealing
     
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    At nrt or Haneda?
     
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    Narita
     
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    Ahh ok. Closer to five hours from nrt. However heaps of cars there. Albeit a bit away from the terminal.
    But with three drivers. No worries. Only drama is the weather .
     
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    Which is best hire car company, small van with snow tyres
     
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    Small van with snow tyres are exey. 150 aud a day. A corolla station wagon are 70ish
     
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    recomemend a hire car company?
     
  32. Donzah

    Donzah Formerly know as Aldi whorehouse. Ski Pass: Gold

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    Mate I've replied to this.
    Tocoo
     
  33. M_G

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    So did I.