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Yes the roads are open.

 

From Yuzawa, you'll get Route 17 north into Minamiuonuma, turn onto Route 353 at Ishiuchi; then turn left onto Route 117 towards Nagano.

 

It's about 60km and on a good clear day can be done in just over an hour or so.

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Oh, I never drive / ski when it's dumping snow. Sounds silly to me. ;)

 

What I said was the least time it would take given great conditions and lack of slow trucks and ojisans.

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No. (I don't think so at least, highly doubt it).

You'd need to get the train from Echigo Yuzawa via Muikamachi over to Tokamachi (just 1 train if you do the Hokuhoku line), and then over to Togari Nozawa Onsen on the Iiyama line.

Bit of a round route, but no driving involved.

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I don't actually know.

 

They still don't seem to be giving us an expected re-open date.

 

That'll be a real inconvenients to people going between Yuzawa area and Tsunan. There's a fair few as well.

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Quite a few people do. It's only 30 minutes or so really. I think people as far west as Nozawa come over to Yuzawa to get the shink down to Tokyo as well.

 

I suppose that will be changing when the Iiyama Station opens next year.

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Does anyone have any idea how long it will take from Tokyo to Iiyama station on the new Hokuriku Shinkansen? I bet the resorts will be running shuttle buses from there too. Could it make Nozawa a doable day trip option like the Yuzawa area resorts?

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Does anyone have any idea how long it will take from Tokyo to Iiyama station on the new Hokuriku Shinkansen? I bet the resorts will be running shuttle buses from there too. Could it make Nozawa a doable day trip option like the Yuzawa area resorts?

 

I can't answer your question, but as things stand, discounted day trips between Nagano City and Tokyo on the Shink cost a minimum of 8,000 yen return. Iiyama is further and you'll need a lift ticket and shuttling too, so maybe cost will be the problem, not time.

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