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Fresh Greenery at Kurobe Gorge

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Take a scenic ride on a trolley train and enjoy a scenery unique to the summer season

Toyama Prefecture



Located in the eastern part of Toyama Prefecture, in the Chubusangaku National Park, Kurobe Gorge is the largest V-shaped gorge in Japan, formed by the erosion of the Kurobe River over a long period of time along with the uplift of the Northern Alps. With steep cliffs, pristine lush forests, and uninterrupted views of towering mountains, the gorge is one of Japan's most scenic spots and offers visitors stunning natural landscapes ever-changing with the seasons.



To fully appreciate the scenery, how about a ride on a sightseeing trolley train? The Kurobe Gorge Railway runs through the Kurobe Gorge at an average speed of 16 km/h for about 80 minutes each way from Unazuki to Keyakidaira stations, covering a distance of about 20km. The trolley train offers a comfortable ride through the scenic landscapes of the gorge, with windowless and windowed cars that allow passengers to relax and enjoy the pleasant swaying sensation.



The Kurobe Gorge Railway is especially famous during the autumn leaves, but summer also has its unique charm. Feel the season in the great nature and enjoy the beautiful contrast of the green mountains and the lingering snow along the tracks. The clear blue water rushing through the gorge and reflecting the greenery on both banks is a world-class view and make for a cool summer experience.



How to get there


From JR Toyama Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen, transfer to Dentetsu-Toyama Station on the Toyama Chiho Railway, take a train to Unazuki Onsen Station (about 1 hour and 40 minutes), then walk 5 minutes to reach Unazuki Station on the Kurobe Gorge Railway.


Unazuki Station: Kurobekyokokuguchi, Kurobe-shi, Toyama-ken



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