Shirakawa-go, Hida — A World Heritage Site Illumination Display Website

Winter Clothing and Vehicle Equipment

  1. Winter car equipment check
  2. Winter clothing check

1. Winter car equipment check

Check the following items before you head out to ensure safe driving.

  1. Equipping your car with snow tires or tire chains
    → Ice can occur on roads even when there is no snow.
  2. Avoid low-riding vehicles
    → The snow on the road can exceed 10 centimeters in depth, depending on the weather.
  3. Four-wheel drive vehicles
    → Four-wheel drive vehicles are preferable in areas that receive regular snowfall.

No vehicle is “completely safe” on snowy roads. Always put safety first. 4WD: high-riding vehicles Snow tires Tire chains FF and FR: low-riding vehicles Normal tires

2. Winter clothing check

The event site is below freezing, so check the following items to ensure you spend the time in comfort.

  1. Coats and cold-weather gear
    → It’s best to get clothing that protects against water, wind, and cold.
  2. Footwear
    → It’s best to wear insulated, water-resistant boots with slip-resistant grip on the bottom.
    → Even safer are boots with removable spikes that are sold at hardware stores.
    → Unsuitable footwear: shoes with heels, without grip, etc.
  3. Raincoats, ponchos, etc.
    → Umbrellas are also convenient, but you can’t use your hands if you fall down, so a raincoat or poncho is recommended.
    (Note: An umbrella is of no use on days with strong wind, and it could also injure someone nearby.)
  4. Flashlight
    → It may be difficult to see the ground with the naked eye in some places due to darkness, so each person should have their own flashlight.
  5. Other convenient items
    → Disposable heating pads, cold-resistant gloves, cold-resistant hats, earmuffs, etc.

Raincoat Gloves Boots Umbrella High heels Flat-bottomed shoes

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