The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is a 40-kilometer sightseeing route on the border between Toyama Prefecture and Nagano Prefecture. The course passes through six mountains up to 3000 meters tall.
The highest point of the Alpine Route is “Murodo,” at 2450 meters, and it is an area that receives some of the heaviest snowfall in the entire world. The snow drifts accumulate particularly heavily in the area “Otani,” located a five-minute walk from Murodo Terminal.
An enormous wall of snow, called “Yuki no Otani,” covers this part of the Alpine Route, and it takes a month to clear the path from the snow that closes it down in the winter. From mid-April through mid-June, just after the Alpine Route has reopened after the winter, an approximately 500-meter section is opened, and visitors can walk “Yuki no Otani.”
Large numbers of tourists from around the world every year come to see this unique, one-of-a-kind enormous wall of snow.
This event features a variety of delicious nabe to enjoy, including Toyama’s wild game local staple, “Shishi Nabe” (boar hot pot).Guests can enjoy around 17 different varieties of nabe, including old traditional nabe recipes and nabe that use an abundance of local ingredients.
Taiko performances and wind-instrument concerts are also held during the event period.
Kurobe DamRead Later
Boasting a height of 186 meters, the Kurobe Dam is one of the top-class dams worldwide!
A popular tourist spot, the Kurobe Dam is visited by over 1 million tourists each year!
From the dam’s new viewing platform, you can watch the powerful sight of over 10 tons of water draining out per second.
(Please be aware that water drainage only occurs from late June through mid-October.)
See Remnants of Japan’s History Through Gassho-Zukuri Architecture at the World Heritage Site of Gokayama in Toyama PrefectureRead Later
Gokayama is located in Nanto City, Toyama Prefecture, and is home to two gassho-zukuri settlements, Ainokura and Suganuma.
“Gassho-zukuri” is the name of a historically valuable and unique type of architecture with pitched roofs that are similar in shape to hands clasped in prayer. Gassho-zukuri settlements can only be found in these snowy and mountainous areas. The Gokayama Settlement and Gifu Prefecture’s Shirakawa-go were registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1995.
The Tonami Tulip Gallery, next to the Tulip Park, is decorated in flowers with the theme of “Christmas Garden!” In this “wonder garden,” where special techniques are used to let flowers bloom year-round, the featured Christmas Garden showcases poinsettias and cyclamen. Guests can also enjoy taking a commemorative photo with a Christmas tree!
Tonami Tulip GalleryRead Later
Tonami Tulip Gallery is a park where you can enjoy flowers and trees year-round, with tulips in the spring, canna in the summer, and colorful leaves in the fall! From the upper floor of the Tulip Tower, a symbol of the park, you can view the entirety of the park, including its expansive flower beds.
Tonami City also has attractions other than the Tulip Gallery, including one of Japan’s largest waterwheels, the restaurant Tulip Shikisaikan, museums, local archives, historic wooden buildings, and the Nakajima Family House, which is a designated cultural asset of the city. Michi-no-Eki Tonami, a rest area, is also located near the Tonami Tulip Gallery, just three minutes away on foot.
Overwhelming view at “Kurobe Dam” (Tateyama Hurobe Alpine Route). (Nagano Prefecture · Toyama Prefecture)Read Later
Today we would like to introduce you the best attraction “Kurobe Dam” of “Tateyama Hurobe Alpine Route” and other beautiful points around the area.
Visit the scenic Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route at a good price with the Tateyama Kurobe Option Ticket!Read Later
The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is a mountain sightseeing route that spreads through the Northern Alps range, 3,000 meters in elevation. As a sightseeing spot, it not only appeals to Japanese people, but also is quite popular among foreign visitors to Japan.