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Kurobe Tateyama

Toyama Prefecture – Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Yuki no Otani Walk

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.

Kurobe Dam

Kurobe Dam

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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.)