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1-DAY TOUR: SNOW WALLS OF TATEYAMA-KUROBE ALPINE ROUTE

1-DAY TOUR: SNOW WALLS OF TATEYAMA-KUROBE ALPINE ROUTE

Period

Mon. Weds & Fri. / May 10 - Jun 19

Time

8:30 - 18:30

Meeting Place

JR Nagano Station Information Board

Price

Adult (13+) 24,000 JPY
Child (6-12) 19,800 JPY

Highlights:

  • Experience of one Japan`s most iconic sights – the immense Snow Walls of the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route!
  • Enjoy the dramatic mountain landscape of the Chubu Sangaku National Park.
  • Experience a unique variety of mountain transports to reach the summit of 2450 meters
  • Visit the iconic Kurobe Dam, an immense engineering feat and source of national pride

 

*This tour is limited to groups of 2 people and more.

 

Starting and ending in Nagano City, this tour takes you to the “Roof of Japan” and the fabled Snow Walls of the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route. Situated in the dramatic alpine landscape of the Chubu Sangaku National Park, this is one of Japan’s most iconic and unique sights, accessible only in spring and early summer and via a series of different mountain transports. Led by an English-speaking guide, you will be accompanied on every leg of your journey to the Roof of Japan and back down again – the perfect way to experience one of Japan`s more remote and stunning landscapes.

 

Description:

 

Your English-speaking guide will meet you at JR Nagano Station at 08:30 (the guide will be waiting from 08:20 onward) and have you board the tour bus to begin your journey toward the fabled Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route. Known as the “Roof of Japan”, the route passes through a dramatic mountain landscape of the Chubu Sangaku National Park, home to the iconic Snow Walls. Rising to up to 20 meters in height, the corridor cut through the snow is one of Japan`s most impressive and iconic sights.

 

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Arriving at Ogisawa Station around 10:15 your guide will give you time to prepare for your ascent before boarding the Kanden Tunnel trolley bus at 11:00 – the first of a variety of mountain transports you will utilize to reach the summit.

 

First stop is the Kurobe Dam. Constructed between 1956 and 1963, this immense structure require the labor of up to 10 million people and is Japan`s highest dam. A source of national pride and emblematic of man`s attempts to conquer nature, your guide will give you time to enjoy the beautiful views of the surrounding mountains, before starting the next leg of your journey toward the top.

 

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The Tateyama Ropeway is a highlight of your adventure upwards. Spanning 1700 meters, you will be transported upward to the final stop of Daikanbo, before taking the final trolley bus to the final station, Murodo. At 2450 meters, this is Japan`s highest station – an isolated outpost in an inhospitable, dramatic landscape.

 

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Vast amounts of snow fall on the landscape each winter making it inaccessible until spring brings warming temperatures and the chance to carve a route through the ice. Rising up to 20 meters above, the stunning snow corridor is one of Japan`s most iconic sights dwarfing people and tours buses alike! Your guide will allow you between 1.5-2 hours to stroll the area (depending on the pace of your), including time to explore the museum and surrounding area.

 

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Between 15:00 and 15:30 your guide will collect you and begin the journey back down, descending back to Ogisawa where the tour bus will be waiting. Boardint the bus and returning to Nagano, the tour is scheduled to conclude at JR Nagano Station at 18:45*.

 

*Please note that all listed times are estimates of the expected itinerary and can be affected by weather and traffic conditions and peak busy periods.

ITINERARY

8:30 Meet-up with your guide at the Information Board across from the Shinkansen exit gates and take a seat in the tour bus (your guide will be waiting for you at the meeting point from 8:30).
10:00 Arrival at Ogisawa Station, gateway to the Tateyama Alpen Route. Get off the tour bus and on the trolley bus to Kurobe Dam.
11:30 After you've made your way across Kurobe Dam get on a cable car to Kurobadaira, know for its lovely views over the dam and surrounding mountains.
11:50 Board the gondola and take the Tateyama Ropeway which at 1700 meters long, is the longest ropeway of its kind.
12:15 The last leg of the journey to the snow corridor is a ride on a trolley bus for 10 minutes. Then you'll have arrived to Murodo where you can find fields and walls of snow. Your guide will lead you to the wall of snow and then give you up to 2 hours of free time to explore the area.
14:15 Meet-up with your guide and start making your way back down via trolley bus, ropeway, cable car, and trolley bus.
16:20 Arrival at Ogisawa Station. Your driver and vehicle will be waiting for you here to take you back to Nagano.
18:30 Arrival at JR Nagano Station where the tour concludes.

NOTES

Included:

  • Transportation from Nagano Station to Ogisawa Station, and back to Nagano Station
  • Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ticket
  • English-speaking guide

 

Excluded:

  • Lunch and other snacks or drinks
  • Shinkansen/ullet train tickets

 

Other Information:

  • Please wear suitable shoes for walking through snow and cold conditions (with the possibility of temperatures below 0°C)
  • Please bring sunglasses as the snow in combination with sunlight can produce intense glare.
  • This tour does not include lunch. Snacks can be purchased at different mountain stations with different restaurants to choose from at the summit.
  • In case of extreme weather conditions, routes to the snow corridor might close. In such a case, the tour will be cancelled with full refund.
  • The itinerary is based on the traffic conditions being optimal. We will adjust the schedule according to traffic conditions and pace of the group on the day of the tour.
  • Infants (0-5) are free of charge.
  • The tour application deadline is 1 day before the tour date at 17:00.

MEETING PLACE

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JR Nagano Station Information Board

Kurita, Nagano-shi, Nagano, 380-0921, Japan

FAQ

What time of the bullet train should I ride to arrive in Nagano on time? What time does the bullet train depart back to Tokyo after the tour?

The start and finish of the tour are arranged according to the bullet train (called Hokuriku Shinkansen) timetable. See below for specific timetables on the bullet train departure and arrival times to/from Nagano Station.

 

Departing Tokyo Station – Arriving Nagano Station:

Tokyo: 06:28 – Nagano: 08:06 – Hakutaka

Tokyo: 06:44 – Nagano: 08:26 – Hakutaka

 

Departing Nagano Station – Arriving Tokyo Station:

Nagano: 19:08 – Tokyo: 20:52  – Asama

Nagano: 19:38 – Tokyo: 21:16  – Hakutaka

 

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