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


8:30 - 18:30

Meeting Place

JR Nagano Station Information Board


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


  • 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.




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.




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.




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.


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 Get on 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 2.5 hours of free time to explore the area.
15:30 Meet-up with your guide and start making your way back down via trolley bus, ropeway, cable car, and trolley bus.
17:20 Arrival at Ogisawa Station. Your driver and vehicle will be waiting for you here to take you back to Nagano Station.
18:45 Arrival at Nagano Station! Your guide will take you back to the Shinkansen gates and say his/her goodbyes to you.



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



  • Lunch and other snacks or drinks
  • Bullet train tickets


Other Information:

  • Infants (0-5) are free of charge.
  • Confirmation email of your reservation will be sent to you within 48 hours after booking.
  • Please wear suitable shoes for walking on possibly snowy trails.
  • Please bring sunglasses as the snow in combination with sunlight can produce intense glare.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Google Map

JR Nagano Station Information Board

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


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: 06:52 – Nagano: 08:40 – Asama

Tokyo: 07:20 – Nagano: 08:43 – Kagayaki (reserved seats only) *

*You can still take 07:20 – 08:43 train since JR Nagano Station isn’t big at all and there is only one Shinkansen ticket exit. The tour meet-up is just after the Shinkansen ticket exit so please come straight up to there.


Departing Nagano Station – Arriving Tokyo Station:

Nagano: 19:08 – Tokyo: 20:52  – Asama

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