Kurobe Gorge Railway Timetable
Open to the public from mid-April to late-November, the Kurobe Gorge Railway can be accessed directly from Unazuki Onsen. On this page you will find the following information:
Visitors headed to the Kurobe Gorge should consider combining their visit with the nearby Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route. Open of Japan’s most iconic natural landscapes, the combination of these two destinations offers a truly memorable experience while in Central Japan. For more information about what’s on offer in the region – see below for details.
KUROBE GORGE RAILWAY TIMETABLE
Daily schedules for the Kurobe Gorge Railway vary throughout the year so it is best to refer to the official timetable page for the current operating times. Running 20km from Unazuki Station to Keyakidaira Station, the railway is one of Japan’s most scenic train-rides. Taking approximately 80 minutes to complete the journey between Unazuki and Keyakidaira, the line follows the Kuronagi River along the heavily forested gorge and in doing so, passes over 20 bridges and through around 40 tunnels.
There are several stations/platforms along the line but only Unazuki, Kuronagi, Kanetsuri and Keyakidaira are open to the public. From Unazuki Station, expect the following times/fares*:
— to Kuronagi: 25 min / JPY660
— to Kanetsuri: 60 min / JPY1410
— to Keyakidaira: 80 min / JPY1980
Further information about stops and highlights along the line can be found on our ‘Highlights of the Kurobe Gorge Railway’ page.
*Please note, in April and May, some services also stop and allow passengers to disembark at Sasadiara Station.
25 THINGS TO DO AROUND THE ALPINE ROUTE & WHERE TO STAY
One of the most rewarding experiences in Japan, the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route utilises a series of transports to ascend Japan’s highest mountain range. Crossing from Nagano to Tateyama, the route connects multiple destinations and opens-up an otherwise remote and dramatic landscape. Our ’25 Things To Do Around The Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route & Where To Stay’ page explains just how it works, what’s on offer and where to stay.
BOOK WITH US! NAGANO’S NO.1 TOUR & CHARTER OPERATOR
For guests wanting to visit the Kurobe Gorge in the comfort of their own vehicle, we can arrange private charters to and from the railway in combination with any other nearby destinations. Operating all year round, we are Nagano’s No.1-rated tour and charter operator. We have the expertise and experience to help you get the most out of your time in the region, including transport to and from railway, lunch at local restaurants and accommodation at a ‘ryokan’ (traditional guesthouse), where you can enjoy Japan’s renowned attention to service and local cuisine.
Our drivers and vehicles are fully certified, allowing us to transport you to and from your preferred destinations, in combination with any activity that suits your interests and schedule. All 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 a visit to the Kurobe Gorge in combination with any activity or destination in the nearby region, and should you wish, also include an accompanying English-speaking guide to most destinations.
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