A STUNNING SPECTACLE: TATEYAMA KUROBE ALPINE ROUTE
Sightseeing, Nature excursion, Meal included
A breathtaking sightseeing tour in the heart of the Japanese Alps with endless stunning views, snow-capped mountain tops and glaciers that bravely resist the southern latitudes, with the opportunity to pass through the staggering “snow corridor”, in between imposing sheer walls that rise up 15 metres high.
What we will see
- Tateyama mountain range, some of only a few snow-capped peaks in Japan
- The spectacular Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
- Snow corridor (April to June)
- Murodo Plateau, 2,500 metres high
- Stop for lunch
- Breathtaking views of the plateau
What we will do
- Comfortably seated on our coach, we leave Kanazawa behind us and head east towards the northern Alps and the Tateyama mountain range, among the few snowy peaks in Japan and home to the southernmost glaciers in Asia.
- In this remote region, we find the spectacular Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route which, every year, attracts thousands wishing to admire the sensational views which are forever changing but equally beautiful throughout the seasons.
- Between April and June, we will get the chance to cross the famous “snow corridor”, a stretch of road one km long flanked by towering snow walls that can reach up to 15 metres high.
- This corridor will take us to the top of Murodo plateau, which is the highest section of the Alpine Route at 2,500 metres above sea level.
- After all that excitement, we will stop for lunch and get ready to marvel at the unique mountain landscape.
- From here, we can admire endless views of the plateau and the peaks of the surrounding mountains that rise up to 3,000 metres above sea level. With a bit of luck, we might also spot a few examples of raicho, a white ptarmigan that has inhabited this mountainous region of Japan ever since the glacial period.
- Then we retrace our steps to the start of the route in Tateyama and head back to the ship with our cameras and minds brimming with extraordinary images.
What you need to know
- The length of the coach transfer depends on the itinerary.
- We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places and English guides are available.
- Traffic jams are to be expected during tourist season.
- Money cannot be exchanged at the port; we recommend buying Japanese yen beforehand.
- Visibility during the tour is subject to weather conditions.
- Warm clothing and comfortable, flat shoes are recommended.
- The snow corridor is only open between mid April and mid June.
- The tour is by coach only, no cable car rides.
- This excursion does not include the Kurobe area.