On September 17th, we went through the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, which is a famous mountainous scenic passage going up from Toyama (altitude: 7m) to Murodo (2,450m) and down to Omachi (713m) by cable cars and special trolley buses.
We are a multilingual group of Japanese, Brit, Taiwanese, Korean, and Thai, who will translate and write contents of new leaflets and website this year.
Mt. Tateyama is one of the Japan’s three sacred mountains (other two are Mt. Fuji and Mt. Hakusan) and some ponds and places are named after gods, heaven and hell. For example, Mikurigaike, the beautiful cobalt blue pond in the first photo, is named as “a pond of the kitchen for gods” and another red pond is named as “a pond of bloody hell”!
The weather was fine and we enjoyed trekking and fall foliage which began just now this year.
Luckily, we could meet a ptarmigan, interesting birds who live only in mountain ares higher than 2000m.