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Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route
  • Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route
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  • Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route
  • Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route
  • Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route
  • Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route
  • Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route
  • Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route
  • Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route
  • Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route
  • Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route
  • Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route
  • Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route
  • Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route
  • Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route
  • Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route
  • Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route
  • Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route
  • Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route
  • Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route

Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route

Walk on the 'Roof of Japan'

Key features

  • National Park
  • Snow Walls
  • Spectacular Landscape Views
  • Hiking
  • Outdoor Experience
  • Star Gazing
  • Kurobe Dam
  • Accommodation
  • Restaurants
  • Information Center
  • Tours

Public Transport

Nagano Station100 mins by bus
Toyama Station60 mins by train

Popular Attractions

Unazuki Onsen2.5 hours by train
Kurobe Gorge2.5 hours by train
Matsumoto Castle110 min drive

Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route

Walk on the 'Roof of Japan'

Key features

  • National Park
  • Snow Walls
  • Spectacular Landscape Views
  • Hiking
  • Outdoor Experience
  • Star Gazing
  • Kurobe Dam
  • Accommodation
  • Restaurants
  • Information Center
  • Tours
The Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route can rightly lay claim to being one of Japan’s most iconic, spectacular and spiritual landscapes. Inaccessible during winter, the Alpine Route emerges (and is carved) from the snow each spring, allowing visitors to access the region from mid-April to late-November using a series of mountain transports to reach Murodo Station. At 2450 meters, Murodo is the highest station in Japan and from there, visitors can walk to the fabled 'Snow Walls of Tateyama-Kurobe' in spring, before some of Japan’s best hiking opportunities avail themselves in summer and autumn.
Considered one of Japan’s three sacred mountains - along with Mount Fuji and Mount Haku - Mount Tate or ‘Tateyama’ has been a pilgrimage destination for ascetics since at least the 17th century. Tateyama’s tranquil summit represents paradise while the volcanic landscape of noxious vents and hot springs in the plateau below has long been regarded as the realisation of a hellish domain on earth. Today, Tateyama retains its spiritual importance for many Japanese, adding to experience for all visitors to the Alpine Route.

Crossing Japan’s highest mountain range, the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route can be approached from two directions. From Nagano, Matsumoto or Tokyo, visitors access the route via Ogizawa Station while those coming from Toyama or Kanazawa, do so via Tateyama Station. Visitors have the choice of crossing over the mountains to the other station/side or once at the summit, returning back down to the same point origin. Accommodation at Murodo also allows visitors to stay overnight at the summit and experience the stunning star-scape at night and sunrise above the clouds in the morning.

Without doubt, traversing the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route is one of Central Japan’s best experiences.

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Amenities

Mountain Transports
Restaurants
Accommodation
Gift Shops
Information Centers
Public Toilets
Viewing Decks

Access

Public Transport

Nagano Station100 mins by bus
Toyama Station60 mins by train

Popular Attractions

Unazuki Onsen2.5 hours by train
Kurobe Gorge2.5 hours by train
Matsumoto Castle110 min drive