Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route / The Snow Wall
The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is one of the most scenic mountain routes in Japan, weaving through 3,000m-high mountains. It has wonderful seasonal features, and is a perfect destination for nature-lovers. In the past, only a small number of skilled mountaineers could enjoy such features. However, the opening of the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route in 1971 made it possible for all of us to go deep into nature. Now, we are able to appreciate various natural features from different angles using several kinds of vehicles, including a trolley bus and ropeway.
Modes of Transportation
Ride the Tayeyama Cable Car, and look out the window to watch the woodland scenery gradually transform as you make your way up the lower region of the mountain. Later, as you descend the mountain, you can ride the Kurobe Cable Car. For the sake of environmental conservation and protection from snowfall, this segment runs entirely underground; the only cable car of its kind in all of Japan!
During your ride on the Tateyama Highland Bus, you'll have the chance to see a 200-year-old primeval beech tree forest, as well as an observation deck offering a spectacular view of the mountain, including some beautiful waterfalls.
Trolley Bus (Kanden Tunnel Trolley Bus)
The Tateyama Tunnel Trolley Bus operates at an elevation of 2,450 meters; the highest altitude trolley bus in Japan! Later, you can ride the Kanden Tunnel Trolley Bus. This route will also take you through the mountain's fracture zone, which was only tunneled through after significant efforts and sacrifice.
As you ride the Tateyama Ropeway over steep slopes, a breathtaking panoramic view of the majestic Tateyama mountain range unfolds before your eyes. Think of it as a moving observation deck!
Modes of Transportation
Situated at an elevation of 1,000 meters is the Bijodaira Forest. Among the first sights which greet you here is the most famous of the towering Tateyama cedars, the "Bijosugi" (Beautiful Woman Cedar). Also noteworthy is the surrounding forest itself, named one of "Japan's 100 Best 'Forest Bathing' Walks". Enjoy a stroll through the forest, or do some bird watching. If you explore even further, you'll encounter a 200-year-old beech forest, a testament to the mountain's profound natural beauty.
Murodo & The Snow Wall【Apr. to Jun.】
At a height of 2,450 meters, the Murodo Plain is home to some of the heaviest snowfalls in Japan. Found here is the awe-inspiring wall of snow, where massive snow drifts accumulate. One of the most popular tours here is the 500-meter-long walk between the 20-meter-tall walls of snow, known as the "Snow Wall Walk". The tour is available from mid-April until June 22th.
Tateyama Ropeway's Daikanbo Station sits at 2,316 meters above sea level. However, because it's built up against a sheer precipice, you can only appreciate the view from the rooftop observation deck. From there, you can enjoy a fantastic panoramic view of the Alpine Route's celebrated beauty, including Lake Kurobe and the Japanese Alps. You definitely don't want to miss the snow gorge of Mt. Harinoki. Located at the southern end of the Tateyama mountain range, it's praised as one of "Japan's three great snow gorges".
Kurobe Dam is built on the lake of the same name, at an elevation of 1,500 meters. It is Japan's tallest arch-style dam, boasting an imposing height of 186 meters. The incredible view of the water discharge is a big hit with visitors. It is also a tourist attraction from the end of June until mid-October. While you're here, take a relaxing cruise on the dazzling emerald-green lake aboard the highest-sailing pleasure cruise in Japan!
What kind of clothes should I wear when I visit the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route?
The weather in mountainous areas can vary greatly. When you visit the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, it is best that you bring extra clothes in order to keep warm. It is also recommended that you wear sturdy, non-slip shoes.
April to June:Wear non-slip shoes, as Murodo is usually covered with snow during this period. Gloves, a thick scarf, and a pair of sunglasses are also recommended.
July to August:A windbreaker and a pair of sunglasses are recommended, as there are strong winds and bright sunshine during this period.
September to October:Bring a windbreaker, as the temperature falls to around 10℃. Since snow sometimes falls in October, it is best that you wear a wool or fleece jacket.
November:Dress in cold-weather gear, as it sometimes gets below freezing. Gloves, a thick wool scarf and hat, and a pair of sunglasses are all recommended.
What are the average monthly high and low temperatures in the area?
Table of average monthly high and low temperatures in Murodo
What should I do with my belongings when I visit?
We recommend that you only valuables and essentials with you as you go along the Alpine Route. This lets you move about easily when travelling across the mountains on the various types of transport. You can leave large-sized luggage such as suitcases in the trunk of the motor coach.