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A Brief Intro to Tateyama Town

Mt. Tateyama, one of Japan's three holy mountains, has over a millenium of history and traditions that have survived for over 1,200 years. That puts Tateyama mountain worship as one of the most ancient in Japan!

 

Below is a short introduction to Tateyama Town, the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, and the lesser-known area of Ashikura-ji -- a neighborhood fueled by legends and belief. For those looking to learn more about Tateyama Town, please call or e-mail the Sightseeing Division using the contact information at the bottom of the page at any time.

 

Please click any of the pictures below to view "The Life and Spirit of Tateyama Town," an introductory guide to newcomers.


Weather, Climbing Information, and Precautions

Weather
The difference in temperature from the bottom of the mountain to the top is quite vast, so we recommend checking what the weather is like on Murodo before visiting.


  • For an annual weather report on Mt. Tateyama, use this link at the official Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route website.
  • For a daily updated weather forecast for the top of Mount Tateyama, please use the weather.com report here.
  • For in-town weather near the base of the mountain, please check here at the accuweather website.

  • The area of Ashikura-ji (around 1,500 meters above sea level) tends to be just a few degrees cooler than the main weather report across Tateyama Town.

    Clothing & Climbing Precautions
    While on Mount Tateyama, it is recommended to bring sunglasses to protect your eyes and to apply sunscreen to any exposed skin, as UV rays on the mountain are very strong, even when cloudy. The weather changes suddenly on the mountain, so we recommend bringing a raincoat or poncho in preparation for sudden rain. Please watch your step while hiking and trekking, especially when on the wooden paths in areas such as Midagahara, as the trail can get slippery when wet.

    Protect Our Mountain
    Mount Tateyama and its beautiful areas are all protected areas of a Japanese National Park. As such, please do not wander off the designated paths and roads. We also ask for your cooperation to be responsible with your trash to maintain the cleanliness of the environment.

    Clothes info

    spring SPRING -- April to June
    Ashikura-ji / Tateyama Station area
    In mainland Japan, spring comes with crisp, warming weather. However, from 1,500 meters snow remains. Mid-way up the mountain, such as in the Ashikura-ji area, we recommend that you wear clothes that allow you to move freely : a sweater, pants, and trekking shoes.


    Murodo Area
    As high as 2,500 meters at Murodo terminal, the giant snow walls are looming. Conditions are often freezing or only slight above, and sometimes there are unexpected blizzards. For those traveling to the top of the mountain, plan on bringing a winter coat and boots that are easy to walk in and can endure the snow and cold. Also bring sunglasses and a hat to protect you from the sun. The whole Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route opens from April 15th of every year.

    summer SUMMER -- July to August
    Ashikura-ji / Tateyama Station area
    This is the best season to enjoy the nature of Tateyama. The air here is cooler and offers a reprieve from the hot and humid Japanese summer. Light clothing, a hat, and small towel are recommended for summer days. There are several trekking paths within this area that are wonderful to explore, but don't forget a radio or bear bell to ward off unfriendly wildlife.


    Murodo Area
    You can enjoy seeing alpine plants and climb Mt. Tateyama. The snow has melted for the most part, and visitors can climb from Murodo Station to the top of Oyama peak on Mount Tateyama and reach the famous Oyama Shrine. It is recommend that you bring a wide-brimmed hat, pants that are easy to move in, and wear a long-sleeved shirt and sunglasses for protection from the sun. In general, shorts and t-shirts are not recommended at the top of the mountain, but would be fine for areas such as Kurobe Dam -- just don't forget your sunscreen!

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    AUTUMN -- September to October
    Ashikura-ji / Tateyama Station area
    Grab a warm drink and a sweatshirt and witness the scenery transform from deep greens to golds and crimsons across the mountainside. A light coat and long pants are recommended.


    Murodo Area
    We suggest that you wear clothing that breathes: an insulating jacket, heavy pants, and a breathable hat. The snow will start falling again from November, and the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route will again close at that time.

    Volunteer Guides Available for Tateyama Sightseeing Assistance

    Volunteer guides at the Tateyama Rindo Group work hard to promote love for Tateyama town. They offer guided hikes and walks on the mountain, can introduce various aspects of Tateyama such as the wildlife and alpine plants, and are very happy to spread hospitality while leading you through Tateyama. They can also share with you the untouched, revered area of Ashikura-ji, which has lasted over a millenium as a spiritual stop for pilgrims traveling up to Mt. Tateyama.

     

    The Tateyama Rindo (Scientific name gentian thunbergii) is a lovely violet alpine plant that was discovered on Tateyama and was often used as a medicinal herb. We named this association "Tateyama Rindo" with our wish that it would become as loved as much as this delicate flower.

    Contacting Tateyama Rindo Group Volunteer Guides

    There is limited English ability among the volunteer guides. Please inquire by sending an e-mail to syoukou_02@town.tateyama.lg.jp and we will get you in touch with the Rindo Volunteer Group. We require at least a week's notice, but prefer visitors inquire as soon as possible to guarantee a guide.


    We are working on creating an English application and a friendlier application process, so please bear with us as we continue to update our resources.

    See below for Japanese-only application and contact information.

    Activities
    1st day of Summer Climbing Guides in Ashikuraji Area Training on Bijo-daira