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Nikko - Highway 120 open? May 8 and after

Matthewc

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Mar 20, 2024
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Hello, I am Canadian heading to your wonderful country in early May and I am wondering if the road, I believe it is Highway 120 from Nikko to Numata will be open. I have read a few places that it will be but currently on google maps it says it is closed. thank you for your input. Matthew
 
I don't have a definitive answer, but along with google maps you can check https://www.toyota.co.jp/jpn/auto/passable_route/map/ - This is in Japanese, but you can use Google Translate to see accurate road information.

In these situations I also turn to Strava, where you can look at segments and see if they have been ridden. So far in 2024 one person has ridden a segment which goes from Suganuma Swamp to Katashina. It took him 37 minutes, so I assume it's passable. There probably are gates telling you not to enter and there will be some debris / snow on the road. But often you can go by bike. Just be mindful of if something happened you'd be in a bit of a pickle.
 
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