Travel Bucket List 2023: Trek The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route In Japan

Travel Bucket List 2023: Trek The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route In Japan
The snow walls of the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Also known as the Roof of Japan, the dramatic alpine landscape includes a road carved through ice creating "snow walls"

Piali Gupta
January 11 , 2023
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The route through the Tateyama mountain range in Japan is among the most spectacular in the world. Open from April to November, the most popular stretch is the one with two towering walls of snow with a road going through.

Located in the northern Alps in Japan, the Alpine Route stays open from mid-April and closes around end of November due to heavy snow. The


The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is roughly 38km long. Midway is Murodo , which has Japan's highest altitude hotel and transit station. In summers, adventure sports enthusiasts visit the Murodo hiking trails.

The ropeways and cable car stations in Takayama offer spectacular views of the Northern Alps. Things to do in Takayama include: travelling by cable car and ropeway for some of the best views in the Northern Alps; checking out the hiking trails of Shomyo Falls and Midagahara, and a visit to Kurobe Dam, one of Toyama's most ambitious constructions.  

Another must-do activity would be a visit to Kurobe Gorge, known to be one of the deepest valleys in Japan. The forested ravine can be traversed through a spectacular ride via the Kurobe Kyokoku train.


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