Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
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The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine (pronounced “Alpen”) Route is known as the “Roof of Japan”. The route passes through the dynamic scenery of Mt. Tateyama in the Japan Alps. It is traversed using a variety of vehicles with an elevation change of 2400 meters from Toyama Prefecture to Nagano Prefecture.
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  • Regu Pillai
    Singapore, Singapore1,133 contributions
    Don't miss it
    It was lovely weather to begin with. Beautiful scenic views everywhere. Spring water is available fresh from the Alpine. Little chaotic, but overall, it's a pleasant trip. What's more the train , cable car and bus trips are well worth it.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 16, 2023
  • NCAndBeyond
    41 contributions
    Amazing, but take 2 days....
    First, due to changing plans with bad weather, we did this in one day (from the Toyoma/Tateyama side). It is a Very Long Day doing it in just one day - as there are many places to stop and spend time and a lot of separate travel steps that can have lines and be a bit hard to time.... (6 steps plus getting to Tateyama and back from Ogizawa). Easy for it to take even longer if you just miss the bus back to Nagano (doesn't run very often). Second, the actual trip was wonderful. Which area was the best probably changes a bit with the season. Midagahara (wetlands) is better in the spring with flowers. Murodo already had snow, so that limited hiking a bit, but the fresh snow on the mountains was beautiful. Daikanbo (top of the skyway, and below Murodo) was the Giant Surprise. Incredible view over Lake Kurobe and the surrounding peaks (with snow on the higher ones). And with our timing in mid October, the peak of color was just below us and on the surrounding hills. Then Superb Color on the skyway descent into Kurobediara. Highly recommended, but allow enough time - there are crowds and lines and a lot of different travel steps.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 19, 2023
  • Rachel L
    1 contribution
    An experience to remember for life
    Usually this route is popular in Spring but I think it was also amazing in autumn. It was truly incredible to ascend and descend so many metres and observe the according changes in climate/environment. At the time we went autumn leaves were at its peak at the base (Shomyu Falls) and there was a metre or 2 of fresh snow at the top (Murodo) then back down to greenery surrounding the emerald-turquoise Kurobe dam. Multi-modal transport experience is both a novelty and tiring but there are frequent breaks. It is possible in one day (started from Tateyama St at 0830, to last bus leaving Ogizawa at 1700) but if you are able to stay overnight along the route (eg. Mt Tateyama hotels) there will be plenty more to experience and less pressure for the weather to work out on the day of your trip.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 31, 2023
  • buksida
    Bang Saphan, Thailand245 contributions
    Highlight of our trip
    We set off early from Ogisawa having already booked the tickets online. There were very few people around at 8am. The journey up to Murodo by various means was fantastic as were the views. At the top we hiked to the viewpoint which was a little challenging without snow hiking gear, but worth the trek. The lakes also offered great views but it had started to get crowded by then. The snow corridor was closed and is only accessible in spring.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 9, 2023
  • helloogieee
    Singapore, Singapore115 contributions
    Breath-taking view
    I was apprehensive about going on this route as I'm not a fan of trekking or hiking, ropeway etc per se. I must say I was blown away by the orderliness of the whole trip, how every station, viewpoint is equipped with clear instructions, clean toilets, etc. Most importantly, once we were at morudo, the view was spectacular. I didn't expect snow but luckily I wore the right gear. It was breath-taking. So much so I want to return again to do the full route. We brought our 5 yo with us, so we only dod half the route.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 14, 2023
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helloogieee
Singapore, Singapore115 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
I was apprehensive about going on this route as I'm not a fan of trekking or hiking, ropeway etc per se. I must say I was blown away by the orderliness of the whole trip, how every station, viewpoint is equipped with clear instructions, clean toilets, etc. Most importantly, once we were at morudo, the view was spectacular.

I didn't expect snow but luckily I wore the right gear. It was breath-taking. So much so I want to return again to do the full route.
We brought our 5 yo with us, so we only dod half the route.
Written November 15, 2023
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Regu Pillai
Singapore, Singapore1,133 contributions
May 2023 • Family
It was lovely weather to begin with. Beautiful scenic views everywhere. Spring water is available fresh from the Alpine. Little chaotic, but overall, it's a pleasant trip. What's more the train , cable car and bus trips are well worth it.
Written May 16, 2023
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Andrew5337364566
Singapore, Singapore4 contributions
Jun 2015 • Family
Due to time constraint, I could not afford to do a 2-day/1-night package that is the common/standard package. I decided to take a gamble and planned for a day-trip from Tokyo for my family despite reading from forums that it is "not advisable", or "will be very rush".

I worked the plan based on whatever information I can google (train times, bus times, ticket purchase information/procedures, key sites of the Alpine Route, etc). My family group comprises 11 pax (profile ranging from 70yr old granny to a 4yr old toddler) and we travelled using the JR rail pass. Note that the JR rail pass cannot be used for the Alpine Route and the Express Bus. The entire trip was enjoyable and frankly, we didn’t feel rush at any point. Temperature at Murodo was about 10degC and it was OK with just a pullover.

Just to share my plan and hope it can be of help to future travellers who just wanted a day-trip to the Alpine Route. Cheers!

We started the day with the 5:39am train at Shinjuku Station. Took that to Tokyo Station (arrived at 5:58am) for the 6:16am Shinkansen train to Nagano. (Seats on the Shinkansen were reserved the day before at the Shinjuku JR information office and it is FOC.) We had our breakfast on the Shinkansen and arrived at Nagano at 7:39am.

Once off the train, we took the Express Bus (departing 7:55am) from Nagano to Ogizawa Station (start point of the Alpine route). It is 4-minute walk to the Express Bus terminal and tickets (2600yen/adult) for this Express Bus can only be bought on the bus from the driver. We arrived at Ogizawa Station at 9:40am.

Tickets for the Alpine Route were purchased at Ogizawa Station. We got the one-way ticket to Toyama and started the route with the 10:00am Trolley Bus.

Noting that the Alpine Route requires about 8 hours for a full tour (i.e. explore every route at each stop), we decided that we would only focus on the key highlights of the route, namely: Kurobe Dam; Kurobedaira Garden; Daikanbo view deck; and of course, the Murodo Snow Corridor. The time interval between each transit at each stop is sufficient for the family to head out, take a decent good view, and take plenty of photos! We spent the most time, about 1.5 hours at Murodo as we had our lunch and spent plenty of time walking along the Snow Corridor. Once that was done, it was time to make our way back to Tokyo.

The return route started from Murodo. We took the 2:00pm bus from Murodo for Bijodaira, after which we transited onto a Cable Car ride to Tateyama. We reached Tateyama Station at 3:00pm and took the 3:26pm Toyama Chiho Rail to Dentetsu Toyama. We reached Dentetsu Toyama at 4:34pm, which marked the end of the Alpine Route.

As our Shinkansen train is only leaving Toyama at 5:29pm, we did some shopping and packed our dinner (to be consumed in the Shinkansen) at the Toyama Station. Note: the Toyama JR Station is a separate building just beside the Dentetsu Toyama Station.

We got off the Shinkansen at Omiya Station (7:18pm) and changed for the Saikyo Line JR train (7:30pm) to Shinjuku. We stepped out of Shinjuku Station at 8:01pm!
Written June 13, 2015
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vwell_1999
Tokyo, Japan103 contributions
Nov 2012 • Solo
I always wanted to do this trip but I missed out making the trip in summer when you can walk in between the thick, high snow. November is the closing date for the Tateyama Alpine Kurobe route and will open again only in late April.

I travelled from Kyoto by Shinkansen to Kanazawa. In Kanazawa, I took a tourist bus and visited some recommended spots. Late in the afternoon, I took Shinkansen to Toyama to stay for a night. When I reached Toyama, I went to the local train station to check on the schedule to Tateyama station. I was told that due to weather conditions (snow), the local train has stopped running for days. I was praying hard that the local train will operate on the following day. I was so happy that the train did operate from Toyama to Tateyama the following day when I checked at the Toyama station at 8am. It took me an hour by local train to reach Tateyama. Due to off peak season, the baggage delivery service has been stopped so I carried the baggage on my own.

In Tateyama station, I was told that the cable car service has stopped but the bus service was available. I bought the route passage until Shinano Omachi for about 18K yen. The view of thick snow was beautiful. The amazing different types of cable cars are great. When I reached Kurobe Dam, I had to drag my baggage through the slippery snow to cross to the other side for the bus. It wasn't easy but spectacular view. Do not miss the views by climbing to the Kurobe Dam view point which is only few hundred steps. Do not carry your bag. I was lucky, the staff at the Kurobe Dam kept my bag in their office. Finally, the whole route was over and I reached Shinano Omaichi where I got on the train to Matsumoto. When I reached Matsumoto, it was about 4:30pm. I got a cab to Matsumoto castle to take pictures and then rushed back to bus terminal for my bus at 5:30pm as I needed to be back to Tokyo for the following flight.

Overall, the Tateyama Alpine Kurobe Route is great but expensive and tough in November. Recommend to do this trip in summer.
Written January 2, 2013
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Maizatul Akmam
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia139 contributions
Jun 2015 • Family
It was an expensive day trip but all worth it. I actually discovered this place by chance. Never thouhgt of seeing snow in summer! After extensive research especially on the transport and asking for advice from few tokyo forum, I decided to proceed with a day trip to see the snow wall which is only opened in spring from mid April to mid June. Every now and then before our trip, i checked the official website to make sure the snow wall would still be there when we made our trip. The alpine route website is excellent. It provides you with the transport timetable to the detail, so you can plan your journey well. To sort of save on the fare, i bought the JR East Pass for 5 flexible day for the whole family upon arrival at Narita. With the pass we could ride the Narita Express to Tokyo, shinkansen and JR trains within for 5 days within the Kanto region.
Since it's a day trip and the last bus from Ogizawa (at the based of the alpine route) back to Nagano station was at 4.30pm, we started our journey very early. We took the 6:16am Hokuriku Shinkansen from the Tokyo Stn to Nagano Stn which took us about 1.5hrs, at maximum speed of 240km/hr. To maximise the time and minimise cost, we opted for the halfway journey up to Murodo and back to Ogizawa/ Nagano. The fare for the transports from Nagano and along the alpine route were not covered by the JR East Pass. The bus ride from Nagano to Ogizawa was abt 1.5 hrs passing some Japananese villages with padi fields, crossing some rivers, and up the mountains, with on my family of 5 in it. To reach the peak of the alpine route (Murodo) on the Mt, Tateyama, we went on 4 modes of transport, from 4 stations, walked through tunnel and across the higest dam in Japan.Since we were going up the mountain, except for the ropeway and Kurobe dam, we were most of the time inside tunnels that were build way2 back as in the 1950s. The cablecar ride from Kurobe to Daikanbo was the best. The tunnel which the cablecar went through was very steep, almost at 100 degree angle, and the ride was smooth. When we reached Murodo, it was raining and covered with heavy fog. The opening to the snow wall entrance was delayed. But we got to play in the snow for quite a while, in a low visibility. Felt like snow was falling, though. Slightly in the afternoon, the weather got better and they opended the snow wall. It was breathtaking. The wall was still high, 11m at highest point. As the cloud began to clear, we could see some of the mountain peaks, still covered in thick snow. I read that his place received the most snow in Japan. We walked down the road a bit and began our journey down, on the 4 modes of transport, by 2pm, just in time to catch the 4,30pm alpico bus. It's June, off peak season, so there weren't many people, except when you met up with the group tour. There were no long queue, so we didnt have to wait long to get on each of the transport.
Eventough it was a short trip, expensive and quite tiring, it was worth it!
Written June 24, 2015
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romgozaimas
Singapore424 contributions
May 2014 • Family
The Tateyama Alpine Route was not in our initial itinerary. We had an extra day in Osaka and we decided to do this route. We have heard so much about this route that we just couldn’t let this opportunity slip away while we were still holidaying in Japan.

Our train journey from Osaka to Tateyama took about 5 hours. The idea of sitting in trains that long may not be very encouraging for some. We psyched up ourselves and were determined to go through with it. We are in our late 50s and we completed the whole route unscathed. We did this not to prove anything, except that we were afraid another opportunity to visit Japan may not come again in future.

Our day started early at Osaka station. We took the 7.00 am Limited Express Thunderbird and reached Tateyama Station at 12.00 pm. There were 2 train transfers at Toyama and Dentetsu-Toyama. We encountered a slight hiccup at Dentetsu-Toyama because we couldn’t locate the station. There was an on-going construction work in the area and the diversion confused us. A good salesman on the ground floor of a shopping building, although spoke little English, was kind enough to show us the way. The station is actually located on the 2nd floor of that same shopping building.

At Tateyama Station, we purchased tickets for the whole route from Tateyama to Ogizawa. We departed from Tateyama using the cable car at 12.20 pm. The “Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route Time Table” is a useful "must have" guide. We referred to this guide for all the timings and transfers in order not to miss the last bus out from Ogizawa.

There are different modes of transportation like cable car, highland bus, trolley bus and ropeway that visitors take from one place to another. Queues for “Group” and “Individual” are separated at all these places. At every transfer points, we noticed bigger crowds at “Group Queues” than at “Individual Queues” . They will also let in the “Individual Queues” first. Our family of 4 used the "Individual Queues" as the “Group Queues” are meant for tour groups.

At 12.20 pm our route started with the cable car ride to Bijodaira. It was packed with passengers and luck wasn’t on our side. We did not get a good standing position to enjoy the scenery during the 7-minute ride.

The 50-minute bus ride from Bijodaira to Murodo was enjoyable. Standing passengers are not allowed and we got seats at the front row to admire the snow-covered mountain range.

One of the highlights of this route for us began at Murodo. This was where we got off the bus at 1.30 pm and walked along the snow corridor. We had a jolly good time here frolicking in the snow and snapping pictures for more than an 1 hour and departed by the tunnel trolley bus at 2.45 pm for the next destination at Daikanbo.

The 7-minute Ropeway ride from Daikanbo to Kurobedaira is very unique. It has no supporting pillar and gave a panoramic view of the mountainside. Again, we were not lucky enough to get a good position inside the crowded car.

Another highlight is the walk at Kurobe Dam. We arrived here at 3.25 pm from Kurobeko. It would normally take 15 minutes to walk across the dam but we took 1 hour to enjoy the awesome view. The dam is huge and majestic. It made us very small and it reminded us of "Optimus Prime". We did not venture the long steps up to the observation block. We departed here at 4.35 pm and reached the ending point at Ogizawa at 4.51 pm. We bought bus tickets at the counter for Omachi-Onsen where we spent the night there in a fabulous ryokan.

This had been a worthwhile and successful trip since we managed to take the second last bus out from Ogizawa at 5 pm. There was a 55 minutes buffer until the last bus at 5.55 pm.

The transfers between places were routine. The cable car and ropeway rides were not enjoyable due to the crowd. However, the snow corridor and Kurobe Dam will forever be etched in our memories.
Written June 19, 2014
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Shlomo G
Jerusalem, Israel10 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
This was a great experience, that we did on Thursday, May 7, when there was still plenty of snow and the snow walls at their highest point were 13 meters high! We stayed the previous night at a hotel in Matsumoto, and thought we could forward our luggage directly from that hotel to the one in Kanazawa but they said it would only get there the next day (Friday) which was unacceptable. So we got the first train out of Matsumoto (at 7:15 AM) to Shinano-omachi, with our luggage with us. At the Shinano-omachi just outside of the train station there is an office where you deposit your luggage and it gets sent directly to the Dentetsu Toyama station, which is where the train from Tateyama takes you, after you have completed the Alpine Route. After depositing your luggage at Shinano-omachi you take a bus to Ogizawa where you buy the tickets for the Alpine Route. Make sure to ask for a schedule of the buses, cable cars, etc., so that you make it to Dentetsu Toyama by 6 PM so that you can pick up your luggage. The area of the Kurobe Dam was very nice and we spent some time there taking pictures, etc. Also Murodo, the highest point, where the trails going up from the station were snow-covered. However, to see the walls of snow near Murodo there is no need to wear boots, etc. since you walk along the main road, which was clear of snow. It is only 0.5 km. from the station to the walls of snow.
After picking up our luggage at Dentetsu Toyama, it was a very short walk to the main Toyama station (much less than the 7 minutes that I saw on the Alpine Route website, as I recall) where we got the shinkansen (bullet train) to Kanazawa, which takes only about 20 minutes.
Written May 26, 2015
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stepme
Singapore300 contributions
Apr 2015 • Friends
From Kanazawa Station, we took the JR SHINKANSEN HAKUTAKA to Toyama, ready for the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. From the JR Toyama Station exit, turn to the left to head towards the exit of the station and turn left again to Dentetsu Toyama Station. At that station, you can purchase the Ticket for 8290yen to the alpine. Thank God we got it online, as the morning queue was long and crazy. We stayed a night at Toyama to catch the very first train in the morning to Tateyama. At Dentetsu Toyama Station, baggage delivery services were provided at this station to JR Shinano-Omachi Station and various Onsen on the mountains itself. Each bagguage drop cost 1300yen regardless of size. The train ticket from Dentetsu Toyama Station to Tateyama station was 1200 yen per trip and there was no need for change of train in between.

We were surprised to see many Asian from Thailand travelling with us to the Alpine.Upon reaching Tateyama station, we walk towards the stair on the left, down to the ticketing office to retrieve our booked ticket from a separated queue. Noted that the ticket needs to be with you for the entire trip, as it will be scanned when boarding all transport within. Once we were out in the open, we were shock by the cold weather as we noted that the temperature was below zero degrees. We were not expecting such weather, as it was spring. Therefore, we needed to gear up at the shops nearby. From Tatayama station, we were directed to a tateyama cable car to Bijodaira where we had to wait for the highland bus to take us to Midagahara 1st then to Tengudaira and lastly Murodo. We decided to skip the 1st two stops which turn out to be a wise choice as there were nothing there but snow due to the season. The bus ride took us through the snow corridor, which was the highlight of the trip, and there were many reporters as it was the 1st day since it last opened to public.Once we alight from the bus to Murodo, the bone-piercing wind made us worry that we might not be able to withstand for long. Thankfully, there are shops at Murodo station with warm wears, but it cost us a bomb. Special snow shoes are required as it can sink to knee deep. They do sell shoes too though at hefty price. The wind breaker cost from 12 000yen to 30 000 yen at the top and pants about 15 000yen. So please come prepared. Socks cost about 1000 yen as well as gloves.

The air is thinner and walking up slope made one fatigue quite easily. We spent most of out time there and had a mini “mama shop” in ice. We decided that if we were to come again, I will be summer: to see the beautiful craters. Do take note that sunglasses will be good as it can be quite glaring with bare eyes. Lots of sun block as the sun is pretty scorning. It is definitely a must to start from Tateyama as Murodo was nicer in the early morning with clear blue sky. The sky turned cloudy later in the day and the snow started to melt more. The rest of the stops were just platform for picture taking. There were food stalls every stations from Murodo station onwards (did not make a stop at the front 2 stations) and we took the tunnel trolley bus Daikanbo station. There we took pictures of mountain again and headed again to Kurobedaira where we took picture of cable car ascending/descending the mountain.

From Kurobedaira station, we took another cable car to Kurobeko station where the dam was, and we walk passed the Dam to Kanen Trolley bus to Ogizawa station. From Ogizawa station, you can purchase a one-way bus ticket (1200yen if not wrong) that takes you to JR Oiti Line where you can collect your luggage.
Written April 22, 2015
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farhanimft
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia4 contributions
Jun 2015 • Friends
Based on my experience, i was freezing cold up there because there are snow and raining at the same time. We have to struggle with a raincoat and umbrella and the wind was sooo strong. And please if u ave checked the weather is not good but you still intend o go there please dont bring ur kids. it is soo not un for the kids in that kind of weather.But anyway it was a very good experience for me because i like the adventurous kinda thing.

But just a reminder, the ticket counter will open at 6:50 am. And i suggest you dont have to buy the ticket up till Kurobe Dam if you are from Toyama. Maybe just until Murodo is fine. Because the last bus from Murodo is at 5:15pm. So u dont want to missed that bus and actually it will take a long hour to Kurobe Dam. In my case ive waste 7000yen for the ticket because i didnt have enough time to go to Kurobe Dam
Written June 11, 2015
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Donrovin
Belfast, UK8 contributions
Apr 2014 • Couples
Just done the route Tatayama to Kurobe (actually Kanazawa to Matsumoto then Nagoya) in one day. Fantastic. Other reviews have mentioned the wonderful scenery with which I agree but before starting I was a little daunted by the trip so here's some tips.

Firstly DO IT - it's worth it.

The choke points are the timed journeys at the start i.e. the Tateyama station or Ogizawa when on purchasing a ticket it defines the time of your first mode of transport. This can be done in advance via the route's website and the ticket can be bought (has to be bought) using a credit card (fortunately in this case a non Japanese one card - not always the case when trying to book in advance via the web for Japanese events). However even if the web reservation service indicates that a time is not available there may still be places when you arrive - we had booked the 10.00 departure, got there at 0910 and on collecting tickets were offered and accepted the 0920 departure. Tickets can also be bought at the private railway station in Toyama not just for the train to Tateyama but for the whole route - there often only one train an hour so this becomes your first introduction to the queues you will meet.

As has been mentioned before the whole route is often swarming with tour groups who are harried and ushered by their tour guides from one mode of transport to another. The secret if travelling as an independent traveller (and why not as it gives you the freedom to stop as you want) is to join the smaller queue that says something like "General" as in general boarding rather than form an orderly queue behind a number of tour groups. Usually you are boarded first before them, can access the better seats and are less likely to get bumped to the next departure.

Some more tips

You can do the whole route easily in one day as long as you start early and keep moving

There will be hoards of people there too, make sure you do something different to capture the beauty of the mountain.

You can stop at each and every station along the way - there is often lots to see - but be aware the walking routes at this time of year (April) are covered in a lot of snow; ordinary shoes don't allow you to walk very far. Also on arrival just check the timings of the next leg.

Do not even contemplate carrying luggage with you other than a small backpack with more layers of clothing if required. We were staying in Kanazawa travelling via the route then to Nagoya in one day and sent our luggage via the "Black Cat" man, the large Japanese delivery service. We left it Friday morning at the hotel reception in Kanazawa and it was delivered to our Nagoya hotel the Saturday morning. Total cost 2000 yen for two 20kg suitcases. So cheap and reliable.

Sunspecs are good - the snow is bright even if overcast.

Climb the 200+ steps at the Kurobe dam to the upper viewing area - the views make it worth the cardiovascular exercise.

Bring a bottle of water and some snacks - avoids queues and mediocre quality mass produced food.

Above all do it - it is amazing and totally unlike anything else - there may be hassles with the crowds but it is actually semi organised chaos and everyone moves along.
Written April 25, 2014
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