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Alpine Route & Toyama
  • Walk Under the Snow Walls

    Dwarfing both people and buses, the fabled Snow Walls of the Alpine Route are at their best from mid-April until late-May.

  • Experience the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route

    Open from mid-April until late-November, the Alpine Route transports visitors to over 2400 metres and onto the 'Roof of Japan'.

  • Ride the Kurobe Gorge Railway

    Considered one of Japan's most scenic sightseeing trains, the Kurobe Gorge Railway allows visitors to enjoy the landscape riding open-air carriages.

  • Discover Toyama City

    A convenient stop on the Hokuriku Shinkansen, Toyama City is home to the Toyama Glass Art Museum and other unique attractions.

  • Enjoy the Tranquility & Beauty of Toyama

    Nestled between the northern coast and the dramatic peaks of the North Japan Alps, Toyama remains somewhat undiscovered by international visitors.

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Alpine Route & Toyama

Open to the public from mid-April to late-November, the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route is one of Japan’s most iconic landscapes and memorable experiences. Accessible via the Toyama-side or Nagano-side of the mountain range, a series of transports carries visitors high into the North Japan Alps and onto Murodo Station and within reach of the summit of Mount Tate – one of Japan’s three sacred mountains.

Accessible from spring through to autumn, the Alpine Route is most famous for the immense Snow Walls – at their best from opening until late-May. – while also blessed with outstanding hiking through summer and autumn. Nearby the Tateyama-side of the route, attractions including Shomyo Falls – Japan’s highest waterfall – and the Kurobe Gorge combine to make this quiet corner of Central Japan one of its most beautiful and rewarding destinations.

Nestled between the mountains and the northern coast, Toyama is a quiet enclave that remains somewhat undiscovered by international visitors. A convenient stop on the Hokuriku Shinkansen running from Tokyo to Kanazawa, Toyama is a gateway to the both the mountains and north coast – including the abundant seafood markets of Toyama Bay.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • 15 Things to Do in & Around the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route

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  • 25 Things to Do in & Around Toyama

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ACCESS

  • How to Get to the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route

    The Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route can be ...
  • How to Get to Kurobe Gorge

    The Kurobe Gorge is accessed via the hot...
  • How to Get to Toyama

    As a stop on the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line ru...

TOURS

  • 1-Day Tour: Snow Walls Of Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route

    Highlights Experience of one Japan’…

ACTIVITY

  • Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route

    The Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route can right…
  • Ride the Kurobe Gorge Railway

    Running 20km from Unazuki Station to Keyak…
  • Shirakawa-go & Gokayama

    Located one hour from Takayama, Ogimachi i…
  • Kurobe Gorge

    As a mountainous country, Japan has its sh…
  • Shomyo Falls

    At 350 metres in height, Shomyo Falls is t…
  • Unazuki Onsen

    Situated at the entrance of the beautiful …
  • Toyama Castle Ruin Park

    Toyama Castle Park sits on the ruins of wh…
  • Toyama Glass Art Museum

    The Toyama Glass Art Museum is located nea…
  • Tateyama Mountains: Top 3 Viewing Spots

    Visitors to Toyama will be struck by the i…
  • Toyama Bay Seafood

    Nestled between the Tateyama Mountains and…
  • Ikeda Yasubei Shoten (Traditional Chemist)

    Located only a short distance from Toyama …
  • Takaoka Great Buddha

    Completed in 1933, the Takaoka Great Buddh…
  • Zuiryuji Temple

    Located in the small town of Takaoka, Zuir…
  • Kurobe Dam

    Kurobe Dam is the tallest arch dam (186m) …

HOTELS

  • Toyama Area

    Toyama City is largest urban center in …
  • Takaoka Area

    Takaoka is a small city located nearby …
  • Unazuki Onsen & Kurobe Gorge Area

    Situated at the entrance of the beautif…

EVENT

  • Owara Kaze no Bon Festival

    September 1 to 3

    Taking place over the first three …

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