Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route – one of the highlights of my Japan trip! We traveled a long way, on many many different transportation modes and unfortunately there was a snow storm when we went and we weren’t able to see the “snow wall” (sad!) BUTTT, w were still able to see a very tiny bit of it and some other awesome places so I still enjoyed it!

Click the link below to know more about the cost, transportation and more!

Nagano Station
From Tokyo, we took a bullet train to Nagano Station (travel time: 1hr 45 mins)

Rates for the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

The rates below are for ONE WAY only. To get the sale price, all you need to do is purchase the ticket at least one day in advance. Ticket is valid for 5 consecutive days.

This year it is open from April 15th – November 30th, 2019.

Adult (age 12 and over)9,000 yen12,090 yen
Child (age 6 to 11)4,500 yen6,050 yen
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
On our way! Here at the Tateyama Kurobe bus station to catch our Alpico Express bus.

Summary of Travel

As I mentioned before, getting to the “snow wall” involves using A LOT of different modes of transportation. Here’s a list below if you were to departure from Nagano and arrive at Toyama.

  1. Alpico Bus (express bus) – 100 minutes
  2. Kanden Tunnel Trolley Bus – 16 minutes
  3. Walk through the Kurobe Dam – 15 minutes
  4. Kurobe Cable Car – 5 minutes
  5. Tateyama Ropeway – 7 minutes
  6. Tateyama Tunnel Trolley Bus – 10 minutes
  7. Highland Bus – 50 minutes
  8. Tateyama Cable Car – 7 minutes
  9. Toyama Chiho Railway – 60 minutes

For us, since Murodo was closed, we did 1 to 5, then back 5 to 1.

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Map to make sure you don’t get lost hehe.
Kurobe Dam
Live temperature view of the Kurobe Dam
Kanden Tunnel Trolley Bus
Kanden Tunnel Trolley Bus! This ride was about 16 minutes.
Kurobe Dam
Welcome to the Kurobe Dam! The view was so beautiful. This photo doesn’t do it justice ♥

Here are a few more photos of the Kurobe Dam.

Kurobe Dam♥

Can’t get enough of these views ♥

Also there are some restaurants here at the dam (sorry forgot to take a photo!).

Next up, the Tateyama Ropeway! It was a little nerve-wracking while we were on it. Just wondering what would happen to us if it broke down and we got stuck here, haha. But the views were stunning! Snow everywhere!

Tateyama Ropeway
Tateyama Ropeway
View ♥

At this point, we would be riding a bus to pass by Murodo but since it was closed-out due to a snow storm, we went here instead where we got a little glimpse of the snow wall. It was SO COLD! You couldn’t stay out there for too long. My GoPro was also shutting down on me, hehe.

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Bracing myself for the snow storm! Haha!

Ta-da! Snow Wall! Hehe ♥

Had so much fun playing in the snow!

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Here you can have your souvenir photos taken 🙂
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

Hot food! Perfect for keeping warm while waiting for the bus. They also have ice cream which my brothers had even though it was freezing! Hahaha.

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

If you want more info you can check out their official website here.

My verdict of the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route? I loved it! Even though we weren’t able to see the actually “Snow Wall”, it was still a great experience and I had a lot of fun! If you have the time, definitely go and visit. Layer yourselves, keep warm, bring snacks and just have a great time!

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