These are the moments which cannot be missed, the best seasons to be out in the nature. Within the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine route, the scenery changing according to the altitude is one of our most distinctive features. Don’t miss any minute of the nature here at Tateyama Kurobe.
When spring comes, the Alpine Route is literally ‘carved through’ the snow. There are no other sites that can give this experience. Many people from all over the world are deeply impressed by the 18 meter high snow wall. Blue skies can be seen above the bus and white snowcapped peaks are visible between the walls of snow. If you wish to see the snow walls, it is recommended that you visit in June. Even in late June the walls are still over 10 meters high. As there are fewer visitors in June, you can enjoy a more relaxed sightseeing experience. Also, the weather in June is warm and more predictable. When walking on the snow fields around Murodo you may be able to see a white ptarmigan. In Tateyama, the Alpine ptarmigan are sometimes referred to as “messengers from God”. The birds will bring happiness to those who see them. They can be seen in Murodo from late May to June, especially in the area around Mikurigaike (pond).
Summer is the best season for sightseeing, climbing and nature walks. The broad leafed trees come into bud and the lake behind Kurobe Dam fills with melt water. The water is released in spectacular fashion for sightseers. There are many hiking courses in Murodo, from which you can see the Tateyama mountain range. The route going around the Mikurigaike takes approximately one hour, and the view of Tateyama reflected in the lake is unforgettable.
In Murodo, where the temperatures are 12 to 15 degrees lower than the plains below, plenty of snow often remains into July. You can enjoy walking on, and playing with, the snow.
Best Time to View New Green Leaves
The leaves take six weeks to change color beginning at the end of September and lasting until the beginning of November. The change begins at higher areas and moves down the mountain. There are no other tourist sites with this much change in altitude. Depending on the season, you can see the color contrast created by the nature, with green leaves at the foot of the mountain, the red autumn leaves in the middle, and the white snow at its peak.
Best Time to View Fall Foliage
Calendar of Fall Foliage Chubu region (the central part of Japan)
New Snow (November in Murodo)
Murodo is the highest station on Mt.Tateyama. In years when snow fall comes early, snow can fall here in late September. This early snowfall usually melts away within 2 or 3 days. From early or mid-November, the snow no longer melts and Murodo is covered with a continuous blanket of snow that will not melt until spring. You can see the “Snowy World” aspect of Tateyama just before its winter lockout.
If you are going to Murodo to experience the new snowfall in November, we recommend Omachi IN.
In November, please be aware that due to bad weather—snowfall and high winds—service may be suspended for the Tateyama Kogen bus (Bijodaira-Murodo), and delays in the schedule are possible. For service conditions, please visit the top page of our website or ask local station officials. If you are going to Murodo to experience the new snowfall in November, we recommend Omachi IN. Hardly any of the vehicles on the Ogizawa-Murodo line will stop in Murodo due to the effects of the snow. With Omachi IN, you won’t be able to pass through if service on the Bijodaira – Murodo line is temporarily stopped, but you will be able to go to Murodo (via a round trip from Shinano-Omachi/Ogizawa to Murodo).