A Great view over the clouds
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
The "Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route" awaits after a short 15-minute car ride from KAI Alps. Starting at Ogisawa, the route provides an exquisite view of the mountains for sightseers. See the Northern Alps (elevation: 3,000m) and striking panoramic views from the ropeway. Behold the massive snow walls on the Grand Valley walk, access Murodo, and stop at birdwatching mecca Bijodaira. Every stop along the route features huge, sweeping vistas of the surrounding mountains.
Highlights of the "Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route"
The Nagano prefecture side of the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is home to the Kurobe Dam, a famous Japanese landmark known from the film "The Sun of Kurobe" among others. It is the tallest dam in Japan, boasting a height of 186 meters. Brave the 220-step climb to the observation spot, and you'll be rewarded with a boundless view of the Northern Alps, including the Tateyama Mountains. Awe-inspiring water blasts begin in late June.
The Tateyama Ropeway is the longest one of its kind in Japan; a single-span line without struts or support pylons. Experience a new kind of aerial travel on the 7 minute, 1.7 kilometer journey from Kurobedaira to Daikanbou. Anticipate beautiful views of the Kashimayarigatake Peak, Lake Kurobe, and more that change with the season.
* The ropeway operates at approximately 20 minute intervals.
Nowhere are the grand vistas that symbolize Tateyama more accessible than Murodo. Go out for a hike, and you'll see the clear waters of Mikurigaike Pond, and the volcanic activity down in Devil's Valley. If you've got the stamina, climb Oyama as well! You'll be rewarded with a magnificent view from high above the clouds.
Great snow corridor
In the spring,the "Great snow corridor" formed by the snow walls is the Alpine Route's most prominent feature. The towering embankments are around 20 meters at their tallest. This year, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the "Grand Valley Walk" from April 15th - June 22nd. Join the journey, and take a trek through a white wonderland.
The mountainous terrain is the habitat of the rock ptarmigan, a protected species in Japan. Around 280 of these birds inhabit the area around Murodou. As if they weren't cute enough already, look for them in the fall, and you might see their feathers changing white for the winter! Other species to look for are the native ermines and Japanese serow.