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Tateyama Snow Walls

Tateyama Snow Walls

Tateyama Snow Walls

The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is a route through the Northern Japan Alps in which there are lots of different means of transportation that you can take including trolley buses, ropeways, and cablecars. The route was completed in 1971 and the route connected Toyama City in Toyama Prefecture to Omachi Town in the Nagano Prefecture. There is a route between Tateyama station and Ogizawa that is used just for private vehicles and therefore is closed to the public. However, the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine route is completely closed off from April to December. Depending on the the snowfall and weather during that year the time that the route gets closed off will change.

Tateyama Snow Walls(source: https://www.alpen-route.com/enjoy_navi/snow_otani/)

The scenery of the Tateyama Mountain Range is one of the most magnificent attractions of the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. The Tateyama Mountain Range is part of the Chubu Sangaku National Park. During different seasons of the year there are lots of different sceneries that you can enjoy here. During the Spring time there is an accumulation of snow and a snow corridor is made. The walls of these snow corridors can reach up to 20 meters high. From around mid April to late June the snow corridor around the Murodo area is open to pedestrians.


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There are alpine flowers and autumn leaves during the summer and autumn season which is just as beautiful as the winter scenery and attracts just as many tourists. The fall colours reach their best from late September to early October around the Murodo and Daikanbo area and then around late October to early November they reach the lower areas of the mountain slops.

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There are a few hiking trails on Murodo and there are a few different trails that you can choose from. Some are very tough hikes that are for the more serious hikers and then there are others for those who want a more leisurely stroll. The Tateyama Ropeway provides an amazing panoramic bird’s eye view of the mountain scenery and you can see the Kurobe Dam.


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The tempuratures along the Alpen route are pretty mild during mid June to September and it rarely ever gets hot. The tempuratures are pretty cool and a bit chilly on some days during April to early May and also from mid October through November. So when you go during the summer season one layer of clothing should be enough but when you go during the spring and autumn season you’ll need a sweater or a light jacket. And of course if you will be hiking the trails you’ll will definitely need a good pair of walking/hiking shoes.

And if you are looking for accommodation then you can find hotels, mountain huts and also camp grounds in the area. This area is a great place to go camping if you are into camping.

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