Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Cutting through the Northern Alps, an area referred to as the “Roof of Japan,” the Kurobe Alpine Route is a sightseeing route in the mountains, where you can bask in the great outdoors. It is a total of 90 km in length. The route opened in its entirety in 1971, connecting our city of Omachi in Nagano Prefecture to Toyama City in Toyama Prefecture.
There are four recommended areas: the Daikanbo area, where you can look out at the lake and mountains from a precipice; the Murodo area, which has one of the highest cable-car stations in Japan and is a good base for sightseeing and mountaineering; the Midagahara area, where you can see numerous alpine plants; and the Bijodaira area, a treasure trove of wild birds (it retains its name from a time when women were not permitted to go any farther).
Six forms of transportation, including a trolley bus, cable car, and ropeway, are used along the route. Using the different modes of transportation and walking around these four areas is the best way to enjoy the route. You can get across in around three hours, making it a very convenient journey.
Mt. Tateyama has been revered as a sacred mountain since the Edo period and is known to have been visited by those carrying out mountain ascetic practices. Learn the history of the land, and you may make some interesting discoveries.