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Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

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Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

“Yuki-no-Otani” snow wall
Yuki-no-Otani
This is the distinctive landscape of Murodo which has some of the heaviest snow falls in the world. “Yuki-no-Otani” is a snow wall which is made by removing snow from the road of Tateyama Heights Bus. From April 16 to middle June when the entire Alpine Route open, you can walk between the wall looking up at the dynamic wall which is 15 to 20 meters in height.
Murododaira
Murododaira
It is located at 2,450 meters above sea level and there are magnificent 3,000 meter Tateyama mountains in front of you. Around July, the alpine flora begin to bloom and many hiking trail are prepared. You can also view “Mikuriga-ike Pond”and “Jigokudani” (Hell Valley) which are the results of volcanic activity here.
Mikuriga-ike Pond
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“Mikuriga-ike Pond” is volcanic lake that is the symbolic landscape of Murudo. Its shore length is about 630 meters and it is 15 meters deep. You can see the magnificent 3,000-meter mountains that is reflected in the cobalt blue surface of the pond. This is the perfect place to take pictures. There are many different kinds of plants and animals around this pond, including Raicho (Ptarmigan) and Aleutian avens. There are Midoriga-ike Pond and Chi-no-ike Pond (Blood Pond) near here.
Jigokudani (Hell Valley)
Jigokudani
Jigokudani (Hell Valley) is located 2300 meters above sea level. It was named “Jigokudani” because it seems that steam is jetting from a number of holes in the ground. Around 794, it became well-known throughout Japan that there is a hell in Tateyama. It is now closed because volcanic activity is increasing.
Mount Tsurugidake (mountain of sword)
Mount Tsurugidake
Mount Tsurugidake has the only mountain existing glaciers in Japan. Mount Tsurugidake is 2999 meters above sea level and the steepest in the Tateyama Mountain. (Tsurugi means a sword) A cliff rising straight up is a very good place for rock climbing. Sometimes accumulated snow in valley doesn’t melt throughout the year.
Top of the Mount Tateyama (Oyama)
Top of the Mount Tateyama (Oyama)

Tateyama Mountains consist of three peaks, Oyama (3,003 meters), Onanjiyama (3,015 meters) and Fuji-no-oritate (2,999 meters). Oyama-jinja Shrine Minehonsya is built at the top of Oyama. From the Oyama peak, you can enjoy a complete view around the mountain without disturbing shades. When it is a clear fine day, you can see Mount Fuji.

Tateyama-Choujou-Minehonsya

Tateyama-choujou-minehonsya is one of the Oyama-jinja shrines. The shrine is on top of the Oyama Peak of Tateyama Mountain. The shrine has wooden Myojin tori, the most common kinds of gates in front of Shinto shrine. There is a shrine building on top of the narrow stone-steps. It is visited by many worshippers and mountaineers.

Tateyama Ropeway
Tateyama Ropeway

Tateyama Ropeway comes and goes between Daikanbo and Kurobedaira. While riding, you can view Kurobe-ko Lake and Ushiro Tateyama Mountain. The ropeway is called “moving observatories”. This Ropeway is famous for having the longest one-span ropeway in Japan that does not have any support towers between the lower and upper stations.

Kurobe Dam
Kurobe Dam

The greatest project of the 20th century named the "Kurobe Dam", was completed through much difficulty in 1963 and is the biggest arch type dome Dam. Also, it is bank length is 492 meters and 186 meters in height which is the highest level in the world. Water is released from the Kurobe Dam between middle of June and middle of October. The discharge of water from Kurobe Dam has full impact with more than 10 tons per second.

Midagahara Highlands
Midagahara Highlands

Tateyama Mountain begins to change color from the middle of September. It is really different from summer scenery. The scenery of about 8 km² looks like a highland carpet of red, yellow and green which delights your eyes. In July 2012, this area was registered as the Ramsar Convention as one of the world’s most valuable wetlands

Tateyama Caldera Observation Deck
Tateyama Caldera Observation Deck

The observation deck provides a panoramic view of Tateyama caldera which spreads to the south of Midagahara. Caldera is a depression formed by volcanic activity and erosive processes. ※Caldera= Cauldron (in Portuguese) You can see hot water billowing spots, Karikomi-ike ponds (beautiful green pond), barriers to control soil erosion, and so on

Bijo-daira
Bijo-daira

In the forest from Bijo-daira to Daikandai, there are many large trees with trunk lengths longer than 6 meters. In this area, large cedar forests spread from Bijo-daira to Daikandai and many Tateyama Cedars live there. There is a hidden legend from long ago about the BijoCedar in Bijo-daira station. According to the legend, it was forbidden for women to enter Mount Tateyama. However, there was a women who disobeyed and as a result, was punished and turned into a cedar. Today, this location is showered with attention as a spiritual place.

Syomyo Falls
Syomyo Falls
Syomyo Falls is the highest waterfall in Japan with the height of 350meters fall. It has been designated as a Special Natural Treasure in Japan. Hannoki Falls at a height of 500 meters appears beside the Syomyo Falls only in the rainy season (From April to July). In summer, people who visit here feel refreshed because of the waterfall. In autumn, you can enjoy the changing colors of beautiful leaves.
Akushiro wall
Akushiro wall

Akushiro wall is the largest monolith in Japan which is located near the Shomyo Gorge and extends the entire length of about 8 km. This Akushiro wall is a unique landscape formed by continuous snowslides. It has a height of about 500 meters.

Tateyama Caldera Sabo Museum
Tateyama Caldera Sabo Museum

Tateyama caldera is one of the leading major landslide sites in Japan. The museum’s theme is understanding the natural history of Tateyama and Sabo (erosion control). The museum introduces the relationship between humans and nature in Tateyama. At the indoor exhibition pavilion, we can learn about Tateyama caldera (a unique structure formed by volcanic activity and erosive prosesses) and Sabothrough diorama, theater and disaster prevention game etc.

Tateyama Museum
Tateyama Museum

The theme of the museum is Tateyama Faith and nature. The town of Ashikuraji is like a museum in itself

Ashikura-Chugu-Kiganden
Ashikura-Chugu-Kiganden

Ashikura-chugu-kiganden is a part of the “Oyama-jinja Shrine” that is about 18,512 square meters in area. It has many five-hundred-year-old Tateyama cedars which are some of the most important trees in Japan, that surrounds the shrine. There are about 120 trees that are over 2 meters in diameter. This has been designated as a Natural Treasure of Toyama. Furthermore, “Ashikura-Oyama-jinja Shrine festival” is held late in July. In this festival, you can enjoy the nature and experience Japanese culture.