#TRAVELTOMORROW: The Kurobe Gorge Railway – One of Japan’s Most Scenic Train Rides
  • #TRAVELTOMORROW: The Kurobe Gorge Railway – One of Japan’s Most Scenic Train Rides


    Running from Unazuki Onsen, the Kurobe Gorge Railway is a relatively short but stunning train ride into one of Central Japan’s most beautiful landscapes. The Kurobe Gorge is regularly cited as one of the most beautiful gorges in not just Central Japan but the whole country – best enjoyed from the open-air carriages of the railway.


    Originally constructed as part of the immense Kurobe Dam project, the 20km railway now operates as a sightseeing train from mid-April to late-November. In covering the journey from Unazuki Station to the other terminus of Keyakidaira Station, the train passes through more than 40 tunnels and over 20 bridges.


    Along the way, passengers are treated to spectacular views of the heavily-forested gorge and river below, with autumn being a particularly spectacular time to visit. Running to and from Unazuki Onsen, combining your experience of the railway with an overnight stay at one of the town’s ‘onsen’ (hot spring) guesthouses, is the best way to get the most out of your time at the famous Kurobe Gorge.


    For accommodation listings, please refer to our ‘Unazuki Onsen & Kurobe Gorge Area’ hotel page.


    For further tips and suggestions for things to do in the region around Kurobe Gorge, please refer to our ’25 Things To Do In & Around Toyama’ page.


    This information is provided as part of our ‘Clean Green & Healthy’ campaign, allowing you to plan and book your future travel to Japan with peace of mind. We hope this information inspires you to plan ahead and start thinking about your next visit to Japan.

    Snow Monkey Resorts: Nagano’s No.1 tour and charter operator


    When planning and booking your trip to Fuji and Central Japan, it’s important that you can do so with confidence that your intended destinations will be both enjoyable and safe.


    As Nagano’s No.1-rated tour and charter operator, we offer a range of services including group tours, private tours and private charters to help you get the most out of your time in the region.


    We can arrange transport to and from any destination in the region, with a customised itinerary to suit your travel needs. Our drivers and vehicles are fully certified, allowing us to transport you to and from any destination. Vehicles are fitted with a protective screen – separating the driver from passenger and luggage area – and our drivers wear protective masks, allowing you to move between your destinations in comfort and safety.


    We can arrange both private tours with an English-speaking guide or a private charter, including a private vehicle and driver but without a guide. We’d love to be part of that experience and help you discover even more!

    Why choose us?

    Awarded a 2019 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for our 1-Day Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple & Sake Tour – recognised as one of the Top 10 Experiences in Japan – we have the local knowledge and experience to help you get the most out of your time in Nagano.

    Got a question about visiting Kurobe Gorge and Central Japan? Feel free to contact us at and let’s get planning together!