One of Japan’s most beautiful and culturally significant experiences opens on April 15th! The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is an approximately 100 km long journey that passes through the Northern Alps to join Omachi (30 minutes from Hakuba) with Toyama.
The Tateyama Alpine Kurobe Route is a world famous route boasting 20 meter high snow walls, ancient forests, spectacular snow-capped peaks, Japan’s longest supported rope-way cable car, volcanoes, and so much more. The route can only be accessed by public transportation providing visitors the chance to soak up every ounce of the unique natural scenery.
30 Minutes From Hakuba
The route begins 30 minutes from Hakuba in Shinano Omachi, where visitors can board a bus bound to Ogizawa. During the 100km journey, you will ride buses, trams, trolleys, rope-way cars, and trains through the beautiful mountain ranges of Nagano and Toyama. We reccommend the round trip from Ogizawa to Murodo.
Kurobe Dam (1470m)
After busing 40 minutes to Ogizawa, you will ride an electric tram to Japan’s most famous and tallest hydroelectric dam (186m). From here you can walk on top the amazing dam, witness the sheer power of the gushing water from the observation deck, and stroll around the lake while taking in the stunning mountain views.
The Kurobe Dam was completed in 1963 after 7 years of arduous work and quickly became a symbol of Japan’s post war industrial rebirth. The damn has been featured countless times in Japanese media and movies and has attracted million of visitors.
Disclaimer: Japanese legend proclaims visiting the dam with your significant other is bad luck for the relationship. Visit with your partner at your own risk. 🙂
After enjoying the beautiful scenery surrounding the dam, you will ride an electric tram up to 1828m to Kurobedaira. Here you will find an observation deck and the station for the Tateyama Rope Way, Japan’s longest supported rope way cable car. The mountain views here are spectacular so make sure to have your camera ready as you ascend into the mountains.
The Tateyama Ropeway
The Tateyama Ropeway, nicknamed the “moving observation point”, provides riders with a seven-minute aerial sightseeing experience, a captivating 360-degree panorama which will surely leave you in awe of the majesty of the mountains.
Once at the cable car station, there is a rooftop observation point with a terrace above the clouds, where you can relax and look out across a vast panorama including Lake Kurobe and the Ushiro-tateyama Ranges.
Stage 3 Murodo Terminal: Japan’s Highest Station
Sitting 2,450m above sea level, the Tateyama Murodo Plain receives some of the heaviest snowfall anywhere in the world. The area is home to the famous Tateyama Snow Corridor, the Mikurigaike Lake walk, the highest elevation onsen in Japan, and spectacular mountain views.
The Tateyama Snow Corridor
The Murodo areas is completely inaccessible in winter as the high levels of snow fall make visiting the area impossible. By April 15th every year, however, snow plows have the road leading to Murodo entirely cleared in the process creating the world famous snow walls. The 500m long highway is bordered by snowbanks as high as 20 meters! The snow corridor can be visited until late June where the wall is usually still at least 10 meters in height.
Mikurigaike Lake Hike
Mikurigaike Lake is a crater lake at the base of the Tateyama Volcano. From June you can see the peak of Mt. Tateyama reflected in the beautiful blue surface of the water.
At 2,410m, this is the highest altitude natural hot spring in Japan. It sits half way along the Mikurigaike pond course so you can take a rest and enjoy a bath in the hot spring during the daytime.
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Hakuba is the perfect place to base yourself inorder to enjoy this amazing experience. Enquire now to receive a quote on the best accommodations in the Hakuba Valley.