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
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.