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Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

Take a trip to the 'roof of Japan' to explore the Japanese Alps

The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, with an elevation change of 2,400 meters, is known as the “roof of Japan.” The Alpine route is several transport services threaded together to bring visitors between the city of Toyama and the town of Omachi in Nagano. The path crosses the Japanese Alps and has beautiful mountain views. At the highest point, Murodo, there is an incredible snowpack in the spring, which turns the road into a canyon with 20-meter-high walls of snow. In warmer months, the route is fantastic for hikers, with plenty of trails that are easily accessible through conveniently timed transport, making independent exploration easy. The fall colors are spectacular from around the middle of September.
From Toyama, you climb first to Tateyama by train and then continue up and over by cable car, highland bus, two tunnels, a ropeway, an underground cable car, and walking across the top of Kurobe Dam, finally ending up in Nagano prefecture. Various accommodation options are available to spend a few nights or traverse the whole route as a day trip. The entire journey is one breathtaking moment after the next. Toyama and Nagano are both easily accessible by shinkansen or express train from Tokyo or Osaka.
Tateyama-cho, Nakashinagawa-gun, Toyama

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