The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is a mountain sightseeing route between Tateyama, Toyama and Ōmachi, Nagano, which is traversed by various means of transportation including cable cars, trolley-buses and a ropeway. The Alpine Route goes through Tateyama in the Hida Mountains with many scenic sites as well as walking trails, including Japan’s largest dam, Kurobe Dam. Some stations have hotels around them and are used as bases for mountain climbing or trekking. From the top of the mountain, it is possible to see Mount Fuji on a fine day. Visitors can enjoy a breathtaking natural panorama throughout the seasons—the Yuki-no-Otani in spring, the alpine flora of summer, and the autumn foliage of fall.
From April 15 to mid-June, one can enjoy the sparkling snow walls named “Yuki-no-Otani.” This path was created from a large amount of snow build-up due to snowdrifts in an area called Otaru. The snow is removed from Otani to make a road. You can walk between two imposing walls of snow and experience a magical land that glitters silver-white.
You can then get on the ropeway or cable car and go to Kurobe Lake, which has received high praise for its glimmering emerald green waters. With a height of 186 meters, Kurobe Dam is the country’s tallest dam. Its intense power attracts many tourists. From June 26 to October 15, you can see up close the spectacular scenes of blasts of white spray created by water being released at 10 tons and above per second.
The Tateyama Ropeway that connects Daikanbo to Kurobedaira is the longest single-span ropeway in Japan without any supporting pylons. The 360° dynamic panorama is nicknamed the “moving observation deck.” You can enjoy gliding through the air for around seven minutes. The view is of course beautiful in the fresh greenery season, but the spectacular scenes of autumn foliage will leave a lasting impression. One of the highlights is the beautiful “three stages of fall scenery” you can see while moving in the ropeway – snow at high elevation, autumn foliage mid-way, and greenery at the foot of the mountain.
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