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3 days Tateyama Kurobe Alpine route, Toyama and Matsumoto

Updated: May 20, 2022

Tessera is offering a 3 day tour from Tokyo to Tateyama Kurobe Alpine route, Toyama and Matsumoto.


Prefectural capital of Toyama prefecture located along Sea of Japan. One of the two gateways to Tateyama Kurobe Alpine route. Small but lovely old town, Iwa district is located here.

Hokuriku bank Iwase branch, Iwase district, Toyama

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine route

Probably the most famous mountain sightseeing route in Japan, between Tateyama in Toyama prefecture and Omachi in Nagano prefecture. It is 37 km long and connected by 2 cable cars, 1 aerial tramway, 1 trolley bus, 1 electric bus and 1 ordinary bus. Most of the part belongs to Chubu-Sangaku National Park. The only trolley bus in Japan is located along this route.


One of the two main points of Tateyama Kurobe Alpine route is the snow wall located close from Murodo station. Snow wall which is 15-20 meters tall can be seen between April and May.

Snow wall, Murodo station

Kurobe dam/lake

Another main points of the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine route. Kurobe dam is a 186 meters variable-radius arch dam, the tallest dam in Japan. The project was one of the most difficult projects to take part after WWII. Discharge of water for tourists take place between end of June to mid October. Subject to climate.

Kurobe lake, Toyama prefecture


Second populous city in Nagano prefecture after prefectural capital Nagano city. Not like Nagano city which developed by Zenkoji temple, Matsumoto is more commercial and academic city. One of the oldest elementary schools in Japan, Kaichi school museum and Matsumoto castle which keep, tenshukaku is one of the 12 remaining original tenshukaku and one of the five tenshukaku which is listed as a national treasure.

Matsumoto castle

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