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Tateyama “Snow Walls”

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These giant snowdrifts stand 20 meters high along the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

Toyama Prefecture



Located just north of the center of Japan, the Tateyama Mountain Range in the Northern Japan Alps extends up to 3,000 meters.
Nowadays, to visit Tateyama is to be soothed by its majestic nature. A great way to experience it is to follow the spectacular natural beauty along the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, a 90-kilometer scenic course opened in 1971 and traversed by train, bus, ropeway, cable cars, and trolley buses.
Partway along the route is the Tateyama Murodo Plain, where you can see beautiful alpine flowers in summer and the crystal-clear Mikurigaike Pond. At 2,450 meters above sea level, the plain is famous for its heavy winter snowfall, which accumulates in drifts and creates a 500-meter corridor of snow. The “Snow Walls” rise up to 20 meters high, and you can experience them up close from mid-April to mid-June.
The surrounding area, blanketed in winter snow, is a vision of pure white as far as the eye can see. Look closely and you might even spot Toyama’s beloved prefectural bird, the ptarmigan—once revered as a messenger of the gods—camouflaged against the snow.


How to get there

From Tokyo Station, take the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Toyama Station (about 2 hours). From Toyama Station, take the Toyama Chiho Railway Tateyama Line about 1 hour to Tateyama Station. The “Snow Walls” are 7 minutes via Tateyama Cable Car (Tateyama Kurobe Kanko) from Tateyama Station to Bijodaira, or 50 minutes via the Tateyama Highland Bus from Bijodaira to Murodo.


Murodo, Ashikuraji, Tateyama-machi, Toyama-ken


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