A Day Trip to Kurobe Alpine Route

Tokyo, is one of the busiest cities in the world. I've been living here for years, and sometimes I just got surfeited of it. My husband and I traveled to quite a lot of places around Japan. Personally, I always want to see the other side of Japan, the nature of Japan. So I asked my husband to go on a trip to somewhere else, to a farther place. Then we decided to go on a trip to Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route.

Where is Kurobe Alpine Route?
Kurobe Alpine Route was built in 1971, which connecting Toyama City in Toyama Prefecture with Omachi Town in Nagano.

When can I visit there?
Kurobe Alpine Route is only operated from April 15 ~ November 30. It's closed from December to mid-April. So if you don't have any plan yet for Golden Week, maybe you can try this trip to see the snow wall corridor maybe? But be careful because it's always been a favorite location for both foreign tourists and Japanese.

What about the access..?
Alpine Route can be accessed through 2 points, one from Tateyama Station in Toyama, and one from Ogizawa Station in Nagano. You can buy the same-day ticket in those Stations. 

How much does the ticket cost?
One way ticket from Tateyama Station to Ogizawa Station is 8.290Yen. This route is the full course. Of course, you can choose the shorter course, too. And they offer round trip ticket to a certain spot. You can visit their website for further information: http://www.alpen-route.com/en/

My husband and I choose the further access, so we enter from Tateyama Station. Because we have to reach Tokyo in the evening, we departed from Toyama Station to Tateyama Station on the first train early morning. From Tateyama Station, we took a cablecar to reach Bijoudaira. It took around 7 minutes from Tateyama Station to Bijoudaira. Arrived in Bijoudaira, we took a bus to Murodo. It took around 1 hour to reach Murodo. I nauseated so bad because the bus was full of people and the road has a lot of curves.
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(Image credit to Go!Nagano) It is how the snow wall corridor looks like pretty much. Because I went there on October, this is what I saw.
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If you visit around mid-April to mid-June, you can make a stop at Midagahara before Murodo to feel the experience to walk on the snow wall corridor. And in autumn, you can see the beautiful green-yellow-red colours of autumn. It's a win-win for both seasons. 
Arrived in Murodo, the view amazed me so much. Three degrees Celcius didn't bother me to walk along the trail at all. There's a track course in Murodo which fit both serious hikers or just walk leisurely. Here are some pictures I took from Murodo.
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From Murodo, we took tunnel trolley bus that connected to Daikanbo. We don't have much time because we had to chase the ropeway which took us to Kurobedaira. Kurobedaira was really pretty in autumn. The mountain and the scenery looked like a painting.
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After rode a cablecar again, we arrive at the Kurobe Dam.
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There's a lot of small stickman on the dam which is people who walk across. We crossed the 1 km dam, took more than 15 minutes by foot for us because we always stopped every meter to take pictures. After we took a rest at the resthouse there, refilled our stomach and stuff, then we end our journey to Ogizawa station by tunnel trolley bus. From Kurobe Dam to Ogizawa Station, it took only 16 minutes by bus. But since we have to go back to Tokyo, we took another bus from Ogizawa Station to Shinano Omachi Station (Nagano Prefecture). Overall, it took 7-8 hours for us to complete the whole route. And it's really worth it by the views. Here is the summary of the trip.
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Cindy Shinoda