The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route Opens for the 2019 Season!

April 15th, 2019

The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route opens today, April 15th!

The alpine route climbs Mt. Tateyama and connects Nagano and Toyama prefectures with a series of cable cars, ropeways, trams, and buses. In addition to its incredible mountain scenery, it is famous for the Kurobe Dam, Japan’s tallest dam, and the snow walls of Murodo, which reach up to 20 meters in height!

This year, Murodo’s snow walls are a lofty 16 meters tall, and you can enjoy its snowy scenery until late June!

Access to the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route


The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route can be accessed from Nagano or Toyama prefectures.

From Nagano, take the Nagano-Omachi bus from Nagano Station to Ogizawa Station (105 minutes).

From Toyama, take the Toyama Chiho Railway from Dentetsu Toyama Station (adjacent to Toyama Station) to Tateyama Station (65 minutes).

Traveling the entire route takes about 4 hours and 40 minutes plus sightseeing time. Plan a full day for your trip!

Alpine Route Prices

Most visitors travel straight through the Alpine Route, but it is also possible to take a round-trip visit to any part of the route. Below are fares for the full route as well as round-trip options to Murodo from both Nagano and Toyama.

Tateyama Kurobe Option Ticket

For people travelling one-way across the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, you can use the Tateyama Kurobe Option Ticket to save some money. While the full route costs 12,090 yen, the option ticket only costs 9,800 yen—saving you 2,290 yen! Purchase at least one day in advance.

Alpine Route Fare Chart (Abbr.)April 15th to November 30th, 2019
Section Price
Nagano Station–Dentetsu Toyama Station (One-way) 12,090 Yen
Nagano Station–Murodo (Round-trip) 13,250 Yen
Dentetsu Toyama Station–Murodo (Round-trip) 6,710 Yen

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