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Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
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2-Day Tateyama Kurobe Route: Shirakawago, Hida-Takayama from Nagoya
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Reviewed 26 June 2014

It was absolutely an awesome trip. Overnight at Tateyama is the best decision I've ever made! You can have more time to explore and enjoy around.

2  Thank Alfred L
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Reviewed 20 June 2014 via mobile

We embarked from Tokyo at 7.30am to Nagano then to Shinano Omaichi by bus.As such we only arrived at about 12.30pm.However we forgot to check the timing of the luggage forwarding service and to our horror, the service was only till 11.30am! Even though we only had a 4D3N small luggage with us but still,lugging it across half the Alpine route can be troublesome!Lucky we had planned to stay 1N at Midagahara Hotel.As all visitors to the Alpine Route would agree,the Japanese Alps were breathtaking.Kurobe Dam and Daikanbo's views were magnificent! Snow capped mountains complemented by greenery in the lowlands,this was the scenery in June. Maybe it was because we started the journey from Ogizawa or because it was mid June, there weren't too many tourists and we really got to enjoy the scenery in much peace and quiet.We had the popular Kurobe Dam curry rice and it was delicious!We stayed 1N at Hotel Midagahara and got to enjoy the scenery of the wetlands in evening and morning.Then we checked out of the hotel early next day and returned to Murodo to visit the snow wall and walk the trail around Mikurigaike Pond.Same thing,we practically had Murodo to ourselves as there were very few visitors before 10am!It was really fun at Murodo and we enjoyed walking the snow covered trail round the pond very much and saw a few thunder birds along the way.After Murodo then we came down to Bijodaira and did a short forest hike to see the cedar trees. So it was really an unique and fun experience-walking along snow covered trails in the highlands in the morning and hiking on dry forest trails in the lowlands in the afternoon.After that we ended our Alpine Route in Toyama. So we really recommend if visitors have the time to stay 1N on the route and slowly enjoy the beauty of the Japanese alps.

9  Thank SungKY
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Reviewed 19 June 2014 via mobile

Did not expect much as it is Summer season. But it really SURPRISINGLY. The beauty of the snow corridor is just amazing. And it's in the month of June! Moreover my kids were just as excited.

Although the journey takes us one an half hour from Tateyama, it's just worth for it. We start our exploration and at same time my kids are enjoying it very much. And I wrote their name on the snow wall.

Ones should complete the journey by going to Kurobe dam as well. Another beautiful scenery that will always stay in your mind forever.

Don't miss this destination.

2  Thank EricQ67
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

The Tateyama Alpine Route was not in our initial itinerary. We had an extra day in Osaka and we decided to do this route. We have heard so much about this route that we just couldn’t let this opportunity slip away while we were still holidaying in Japan.

Our train journey from Osaka to Tateyama took about 5 hours. The idea of sitting in trains that long may not be very encouraging for some. We psyched up ourselves and were determined to go through with it. We are in our late 50s and we completed the whole route unscathed. We did this not to prove anything, except that we were afraid another opportunity to visit Japan may not come again in future.

Our day started early at Osaka station. We took the 7.00 am Limited Express Thunderbird and reached Tateyama Station at 12.00 pm. There were 2 train transfers at Toyama and Dentetsu-Toyama. We encountered a slight hiccup at Dentetsu-Toyama because we couldn’t locate the station. There was an on-going construction work in the area and the diversion confused us. A good salesman on the ground floor of a shopping building, although spoke little English, was kind enough to show us the way. The station is actually located on the 2nd floor of that same shopping building.

At Tateyama Station, we purchased tickets for the whole route from Tateyama to Ogizawa. We departed from Tateyama using the cable car at 12.20 pm. The “Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route Time Table” is a useful "must have" guide. We referred to this guide for all the timings and transfers in order not to miss the last bus out from Ogizawa.

There are different modes of transportation like cable car, highland bus, trolley bus and ropeway that visitors take from one place to another. Queues for “Group” and “Individual” are separated at all these places. At every transfer points, we noticed bigger crowds at “Group Queues” than at “Individual Queues” . They will also let in the “Individual Queues” first. Our family of 4 used the "Individual Queues" as the “Group Queues” are meant for tour groups.

At 12.20 pm our route started with the cable car ride to Bijodaira. It was packed with passengers and luck wasn’t on our side. We did not get a good standing position to enjoy the scenery during the 7-minute ride.

The 50-minute bus ride from Bijodaira to Murodo was enjoyable. Standing passengers are not allowed and we got seats at the front row to admire the snow-covered mountain range.

One of the highlights of this route for us began at Murodo. This was where we got off the bus at 1.30 pm and walked along the snow corridor. We had a jolly good time here frolicking in the snow and snapping pictures for more than an 1 hour and departed by the tunnel trolley bus at 2.45 pm for the next destination at Daikanbo.

The 7-minute Ropeway ride from Daikanbo to Kurobedaira is very unique. It has no supporting pillar and gave a panoramic view of the mountainside. Again, we were not lucky enough to get a good position inside the crowded car.

Another highlight is the walk at Kurobe Dam. We arrived here at 3.25 pm from Kurobeko. It would normally take 15 minutes to walk across the dam but we took 1 hour to enjoy the awesome view. The dam is huge and majestic. It made us very small and it reminded us of "Optimus Prime". We did not venture the long steps up to the observation block. We departed here at 4.35 pm and reached the ending point at Ogizawa at 4.51 pm. We bought bus tickets at the counter for Omachi-Onsen where we spent the night there in a fabulous ryokan.

This had been a worthwhile and successful trip since we managed to take the second last bus out from Ogizawa at 5 pm. There was a 55 minutes buffer until the last bus at 5.55 pm.

The transfers between places were routine. The cable car and ropeway rides were not enjoyable due to the crowd. However, the snow corridor and Kurobe Dam will forever be etched in our memories.

25  Thank romgozaimas
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Reviewed 18 June 2014 via mobile

This place is also called Japan Alps, the scenery is really breathtaking and it is a good place to get some chill during summer (June), but the snow wall is only 10meter high. It was my first time playing snow sliding, and seeing snow. I would go there again during spring in the future to play the ski.

2  Thank MingHuii
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