Amazing Roads – Alpine Alley


One million tourists take the Alpine Route each year.

The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is Japan’s most spectacular scenic journey. People travelling along the picturesque passageway find their view of the lofty mountains suddenly obliterated by towering snow walls on either side.

This panoramic route opened in 1971, and is open each year from April to November. It is best known for the staggeringly high snow walls of Murodo, which in some years are as tall as a 10-storey building. Other landmark sites along the route include the Kurobe Dam and Hida Mountains.

Fast Facts

The terrain is tricky on many parts of the 90-km- (56-mile-) long Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, so a number of different modes of transport are used along the way, including trolley buses, cable cars, and ropeways.