Modes of Transportation

All types of transportations (except aircraft) are at work on the route. We are confident that these various modes of transportation will satisfy and entertain you on your journey.

Tateyama Cable Car (Tateyama Sta – Bijodaira)

This elevates you 500 m in a single trip. The average gradient here is 24 degrees, and a site with unique rock formations named “Zaimoku-ishi” (timber rocks) is also visible from the cable car.

Time required 7 mins
Distance traveled 1.3 km
Difference in elevation between stations 502 m

Tateyama Highland Bus (Bijodaira – Midagahara – Murodo)

You will be captivated by the views as you travel through the range with a 1500 m of change in altitude. The large trees in the forests, the highlands, and the mountain ranges, are all here and are the famous features of the route.

Time required 50 mins
Distance traveled 23 km
Difference in elevation between stations 1473 m

Tateyama Tunnel Trolley Bus (Murodo – Daikanbo)

The highest altitude trolley bus in Japan (2450 m). This bus runs inside a tunnel, piercing through the heart of Mt. Tateyama(3015 m high). The bus is powered by electricity, so the bus is “green” and does not produce exhaust fumes.

Time required 10 mins
Distance traveled 3.7 km
Difference in elevation between stations 134 m

Tateyama Ropeway (Daikanbo – Kurobedaira)

The cable car here is one of the most unique in the world. This is the only cable car in Japan without pylons along its span. It is like a “moving observatory” giving a full panoramic view of the surrounding nature.

Time required 7 mins
Distance traveled 1.7 km
Difference in elevation between stations 488 m

Kurobe Cable Car (Kurobedaira – Kurobeko)

This is the only underground cable car in Japan, allowing it to be unaffected by snowfall.

Time required 5 mins
Distance traveled 0.8 km
Difference in elevation between stations 373 m

Kanden Tunnel Trolley Bus (Kurobe Dam – Ogizawa Sta)

The tunnel for this trolley bus was originally built in order to transfer the materials needed to build the Kurobe Dam. The trolley bus crosses the border between Toyama and Nagano Prefectures, which one of the most inaccessible places before the construction of the Kurobe Dam.

Time required 16 mins
Distance traveled 6.1 km
Difference in elevation between stations 37 m

Toyama Chiho Railroad (Toyama Sta – Tateyama Sta, Unazuki Onsen)

A train to Tateyama and Unazuki Onsen (hot springs) from Toyama Station. The train gives views of the rural landscape of Japan, and a magnificent view of the Tateyama mountains is also visible from the train.

Time required 1 hr
Distance traveled 34 km

Local Bus (Ogizawa – Shinano Omachi Sta)

This public bus runs between Shinano Omachi and Ogizawa. This bus also provides access to Omachi Onsen (hot springs).

Time required 40 mins
Distance traveled 18 km

Shomyo Bus (Tateyama Sta – Shomyo Falls)

The bus to Shomyo Falls is available from Tateyama Station, and the observation deck is approximately 20 mins walk from the bus stop. From the observation deck, you can get a close look at the powerful waterfall (350 meters high).

Time required 20 mins
Distance traveled 7.1 km

Lake Kurobe Cruise Ship “Garube”

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