Toyama Chiho Railway (Toyama–Tateyama)
Running from Dentestu Toyama Station – located within easy walking distance of Toyama Station – the Toyama Chiho Railway connects the city to two of the region’s most popular destinations – the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route via Tateyama Station and Unazuki Onsen and Kurobe Gorge via Unazuki Station. On this page you will find the following information:
As the primary mode of transport to and from those destinations, the line is by default popular with tourists however it is in itself worthwhile and enjoyable due to the scenic nature of the journey. We hope that the following information is helpful in planning your visit.
TOYAMA CHIHO TATEYAMA LINE MAP & SERVICES
Running from Dentetsu Toyama Station to Tateyama Station, the Toyama Chiho Railway Tateyama Line takes includes the following stops:
Dentetsu Toyama / Inarimachi / Shinjo-Tanaka / Higashi-Shinjo / Etchu-Ebara / Etchu-Sango / Etchu-Funahashi / Terada* / Chigozuka / Tazoe / Gohyakkoku / Enokimachi / Shitadan / Kamagauchi / Sawanakayama / Iwakuraji / Yokoe / Chigaki / Arimineguchi / Hongu / Tateyama
*Some services require passengers to transfer at Terada Station.
The journey takes between 65 to 75 minutes and costs JPY1230-1340 one-way (depending on which service you choose to use). We recommend using direct services bound for Tateyama, requiring no transfer. Once at Tateyama Station, visitors can transfer directly onto the cable car headed to Bijodaira Station and onto Murodo Station and the summit of the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route.
TOYAMA CHIHO RAILWAY MAIN LINE
Running from Dentetsu Toyama Station to Unazuki Onsen Station, the Toyama Chiho Railway Tateyama Line stops at numerous stations, including Terada Station, enroute to its final stop. In doing so, it provides access to Unazuki Onsen and from there, the Kurobe Gorge. The journey takes around 100 minutes and costs JPY1800 one-way. Alternatively, for visitors heading to Unazuki Onsen and/or the Kurobe Gorge, we recommend taking the Hokuriku Shinkansen from Toyama Station to Kurobe-Unazuki Onsen Station and once there, walk to nearby Shin-Kurobe Station and use the Toyama Chiho Railway Main Line to complete the journey to Unazuki Station. This option takes around 80 minutes and costs JPY3740 one-way.
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.
PLAN YOUR VISIT TO JAPAN
The Chiho Railway is just one part of Japan’s fantastic rail network. Unfathomable in its size and efficiency, moving around the country by train is easy and comfortable opening-up all regions of Japan for exploration. Our ‘Plan Your Visit’ page has everything you need to know about visiting Japan – from tips on the best time to travel, times to avoid, entering and exiting the country, money matters, staying connected, accommodation, staying safe and healthy and plenty more to ensure that you get the most out of your time here.
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