Bifue Pass remains closed

  • May 09, 2022

Sections of National Highways 453 and 276 running between the New Chitose Airport and Niseko remain closed following an avalanche and rockslide on Bifue Pass.

千歳市美笛の国道276号で発生した雪崩=15日午前4時半ごろ(開発局提供)
Image sourced from the Development Bureau

The slide, which was first observed around 3:10 am on March 15th, buried the road in snow, rock and fallen trees with a debris field some 2.5 meters in height and 9 meters wide. The slide is believed to have been caused by a natural avalanche, one that took with it substantial amounts of debris. 

The reopening date of National Highways 453 and 276 & of Bifue Pass remain unknown. Travelers to Niseko are advised to take alternative routes until the road is confirmed clear.

Further information regarding road closures can be found here.

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