Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

September 23rd, 2012 by
Category: Outdoor Activities, Seasonal Topics, Sightseeing

Mikurigaike (pond), Mt. Tateyama (3,015 m) and Tsurugidake (2,999m)

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”!

Trekking trail at Midagahara

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.

Lake Kurobe and Mountain Range of Japan Alps

5 Responses to “Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

  1. Hello Ruby-san
    This is not a tour and our private trip riding transportation system of the Alpine Route. I don’t know whether there is an English tour. The transportation system is a little complicated but you can travel it by yourself.
    From Biyu no Yado, I think you can make a rush one day trip to the top of the Alpine Route, but not sure. Please ask the staff of Biyu no Yado, who can speak English well.
    Have a nice trip!

  2. Thank you for the beautiful pictures. My husband and I am planning to go through the so-called ‘Alpine Route’, from Omachi to Toyama pref. this late Autumn. As we have to take trolleys and special trains and such to go through the area, are planning to get the ‘ car transffering service’ which they transfer our car from Omachi and get it waiting for us at the last train station in Toyama side.

  3. Mariko-san
    The car transffering service is convienient to see around the entire route. The fees of the transportation and transffering service are expensive, but worth paying, I felt. Have a wonderful trip!

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