Walk Under the Walls on a Guided Tour
Operating every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from April 17th until June 15th, our 1-Day Snow Walls of Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route transports takes the hassle out of planning your visit to the stunning alpine region. With pickup points in both Nagano City and Hakuba, 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.
Starting from Ogisawa Station, you will ride a series of mountain transports to Murodo Station, which at 2450 meters above sea level is the highest station in Japan. As you navigate your way to Murodo using a trolley buses, cable car, ropeway and a final trolley bus, your guide will give you time to stop at Kurobe Dam – the highest such structure in Japan.
Set in stunning mountain backdrop between Mt Akazawadake and Mt Tateyama, the grand scale of the dam is an impressive sight and source of national pride for Japanese.
You will be given time to take in and photograph the views before boarding your next transport – a cable car – for your ascent to the Tateyama Ropeway. Spanning 1700 meters, the ropeway will transport you closer to the summit. Stopping at Daikanbo you will make the transfer to a final trolley bus and onto Murodo Station and the Snow Walls of Tateyama-Kurobe.
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. You are free to explore by yourself or should you wish your guide to show you around, including walking across the snow plateau surrounding Murodo, they will be happy to do so.
Once done, your guide will have guests board the trolley bus to begin the journey back down to Ogisawa, before boarding the tour bus and returning to Hakuba between 18:00-18:30 and Nagano Station between 19:00-19:30. 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.
Private Tours & Charters to the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route
For guests wanting the comfort and convenience of their own vehicle and guide, we can also arrange private transport to and from the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route. Private tours and charters are customizable to fit your needs, starting and ending at any destination.
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.
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 – Snow Monkey Resorts is Nagano’s No.1 tour and charter operator. Locally-based and operating all year round, we offer the local knowledge, support, and service that you need to get the most out of your adventure in Japan.
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