The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine (pronounced “Alpen”) Route is known as the “Roof of Japan”. The route passes through the dynamic scenery of Mt. Tateyama in the Japan Alps. It is traversed using a variety of vehicles with an elevation change of 2400 meters from Toyama Prefecture to Nagano Prefecture.
- The operating period for 2015 is as follows,
- Full route (Dentetsu Toyama – Shinano Omachi) April 16th to November 30th,2015
- Partial route (Dentetsu Toyama – Midagahara) April 10th to 15th,2015
- The route is closed from December 1st to April 9th.
Partial Cross Section
The route is approximately 90 km long and you will be impressed by the variety of scenery that can be seen in different seasons.
Location of the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
The Northern Japan Alps lie on the border between Toyama and Nagano prefectures. The Alpine Route crosses this mountain range and can be accessed from the major cities of each prefecture.
Various Vehicles Are Used along the Route
The Alpine route includes many unique vehicles. These vehicles and the seasonal changes in scenery are the main attraction of the route.
Tateyama Attracts Many Mountaineers
Tateyama has good access as a tourist site, but also provide access for many mountaineers. (Please note that you need to be well prepared before attempting to climb these mountains.)
The Rich Natural Environment Is Habitat to Many Plants and Animals
Tateyama is home to many rare species of plant. It takes many years for these plants to grow and bloom.
The “Symbiosis” of Nature and Tourism
It is important that we protect this unique mountain environment. The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route aims to be the world’s foremost ecological tourism site. We use electrical ‘green’ vehicles to keep emissions as low as possible.
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There are diverse features in every season along the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. We are looking forward to your visit!