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08. ALPINE ROUTE & TOYAMA
How to Get to the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route

How to Get to the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route

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The Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route can be accessed via Ogizawa Station on the Nagano-side of the mountain range or Tateyama Station, on the Toyama-side of the mounains. Nagano, Toyama and Kanazawa are stops on the Hokuriku Shinkansen, making the Alpine Route accessible from Tokyo.

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We hope the following information helps you understand how to get there from the following locations:

From Nagano


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Visitors starting at Nagano Station have the option of using a bus, train, taxi or tour to reach the Alpine Route. The bus to Ogizawa Station departs from Bus Stop No.25 (outside the East Exit) at Nagano Station and takes approximately 105 minutes.

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Our Ogizawa Station page provides full details including daily bus schedules to and from the station.

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Without doubt, the easiest and most enjoyable ways to reach the Alpine Route is on a guided tour. Our 1-Day Snow Walls of Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route operates every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from mid-April to mid-June. Starting and ending at Nagano Station – including the option of pickup and drop-off in Hakuba – a tour is a great option for visitors wanting direct transport and tickets included in an all-inclusive package.

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Taxis are available outside the Zenkoji Exit of Nagano Station.

From Toyama


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The Toyama Chiho Railway connects Tateyama Station – gateway to the Alpine Route – with Dentestu Toyama Station, nearby Toyama Station.

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Taking approximately 60 minutes, regular services run to and from Tateyama Station at which point you can board the cable car to begin your ascent of the Alpine Route.

From Kanazawa


Take the Hokuriku Shinkansen from Kanazawa Station to Toyama Station – 22 min / JPY2860 – and follow the directions above.

From the Jigokudani Monkey Park


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To reach the Alpine Route from the Jigokudani Monkey Park takes time but is relatively straight-forward when done via Nagano Station. From the park, you have the option of: 1. a direct express bus from the park to Nagano Station or 2. a local bus to Yudanaka Station followed by an express train to Nagano Station.

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Starting from the park, the express bus costs JPY1500 each way and takes 55 minutes to reach Nagano Station. In comparison, taking the local bus from the park to Yudanaka Station followed by the train, takes 15 minutes and costs JPY310  before the limited express train to Nagano takes 45 minutes and costs JPY1290 – a total journey of around 60 to 70 minutes and costing JPY1600.

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Once at Nagano Station, follow the directions above.

From Karuizawa


A stop on the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line, take the shinkansen from Karuizawa Station to Nagano Station – 25 min / JPY3210 – and follow the directions above.

From Takayama


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Visitors heading to the Alpine Route from the beautiful old town of Takayama can do so using the Limited Express Wide View Hida from Takayama Station to Toyama. Taking approximately 90 minutes and costing JPY2890, there are only two or three convenient services each day and the line is popular with tourists, so if you have the chance to book ahead it can be helpful. Once in Toyama, follow the directions above.

From Shirakawa-go and Gokayama


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The Nohi Bus company also operates several daily services from Ogimachi/Shirakawa-go and Toyama Station. It takes approximately 60 minutes to reach Takayama from Ogimachi. Adults should expect to pay around JPY1730 one-way or JPY3120 return. Once in Toyama, follow the directions above.

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Alternatively, take the bus onto Takayama Station and follow the directions above. Please see the following page for information including timetables and fares to and from Takayama.

From Kamkochi


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From the Kamikochi Bus Terminal, take the bus to the Hirayu Onsen Bus Terminal – 25 to 30 minutes – and then switch to the bus headed to Takyama – another 60 minutes. Once in Takayama, follow the directions above.

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Please see our ‘Kamikochi’ page for further details along with the following page for information including timetables and fares to and from Takayama.

From Matsumoto


Take the Oito Line from Matsumoto Station to Shinano-Omachi Station – approximately 60 minutes – and then board the local bus to Ogizawa Station, another 40 minutes.

From Nagoya


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There is no direct route from Nagoya Station to the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route but instead, several ways of getting there – all of which take time. One option is to make the journey via Kanazawa Station. To do so, take the Limited Express Shirasagi – 180 min / JPY6930 –  and then follow the directions above (onto Toyama and the Alpine Route).

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Alternatively, you can also make the journey via Takayama – a great way to combine some of the region’s best destinations. To do so, take the Limited Express Hida – 140 min / JPY5610 – and then the same service onto Toyama – 90 min / JPY2890 – as described above.

From Tokyo


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Visitors coming from Tokyo have the option accessing the Alpine Route via Nagano or Matsumoto. The Hokuriku Shinkansen line connects Nagano Station with Tokyo Station.

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Regular services throughout the day make the journey quick and easy, taking between 80 and 110 minutes depending on which service you choose. Once in Nagano, follow the directions above.

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Matsumoto Station is connected to Shinjuku Station using the Limited Express Azusa. Taking 2.5 hours, once in Matsumoto follow the directions above.

From Kyoto and Osaka


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As explained above, the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route can be accessed via the Toyama or Nagano-side. For travelers coming from Osaka or Kyoto, accessing the Alpine Route via the Toyama-side will be the most convenient.

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Osaka and Kyoto are connected to Kanazawa by the Limted Express Thunderbird. Frequent services run between the cities and involve the following travel times and costs: 150 to 155 minutes / JPY7260 from Shin-Osaka Station and 125 minutes / JPY6490 from Kyoto Station. Once at Kanazawa, follow the directions above onto the Alpine Route.

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Should you wish to access the Alpine Route via the Nagano-side, take the Tokaido Shinkansen to Tokyo and follow the directions above.

Private Charters & Tours to the Alpine Route


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Based in Nagano City and operating all year round, we are Nagano’s No.1-rated tour and charter operator, offering a range of services including group tours, private tours and charters.

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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 including transport to and from any ski resort in the region.

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We can arrange both private tours with an English-speaking guide or a private charter, including a private vehicle and driver but without a guide. We’d love to be part of that experience and help you discover even more!

Why choose us?


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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 – we have the local knowledge and experience to help you get the most out of your time in Nagano.

Got a question about arranging a charter or tour to the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route? Feel free to contact us at snowmonkeyresorts@machinovate.com and let’s get planning together!