04 May 2018 in Discover Japan
From corridors of snow to floral pastures and a vertiginous ropeway, discover Japan’s most spectacular mountain route!
Using a combination of trolley buses, trains, funiculars and cable cars, you can travel 60 miles through the heart of the Northern Japan Alps. You’ll tunnel underground, soar high above rugged forests and reach the country’s highest mountain station at 2450m altitude.
Known as the “roof of Japan”, the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route spans from Toyama in the west to Omachi in the east. This year, it’s open from April 15 to November 30 – when snowfall makes it impassable.
And there’s no better place to admire the ephemeral beauty of Japan’s passing seasons!
Head there in spring to gape in awe at the snow corridor in Murodo, where walls of snow can rise up to 20 metres either side of the road.
Summer is prime walking season. Around Murodo, you’ll find both easy strolls and hardcore hikes.
Why not head to Japan’s highest waterfall, the Shomyo Falls?
Or take a trip around the monumental 186-metre tall Kurobe Dam?
Come autumn, the single-span Tateyama Ropeway is a must.
The vertiginous journey only last 7 minutes but, suspended high in the air, you’ll have the perfect vantage point to admire the sprawling Alpine foliage at its brightest and most photogenic.
And at the end of the route in Omachi, Hoshino Resorts KAI Alps awaits you – with its open-air hot springs providing the perfect way to wind down from those many mountain highs.