What is the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route?
The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (立山黒部アルペンルート) in Japan is famous as a breathtaking scenic route through the Northern Japanese Alps, located on the border between Tateyama, Toyoma and Nagano prefectures, Japan. You can opt to enter the Alpine Route from Ogizawa Station, in Nagano Prefecture, or Tateyama Station, in Toyama prefecture. There are many attractions and scene sights at the route, including many of Japan’s number ones! Read on to find what the spectacular number-one attractions are, with some Muslim-friendly tips for these locations!
#1. Take a selfie at Kurobe Dam - one of the world's largest dam!
At 186-meter tall, the Kurobe Dam is one of the largest dams in the world provides a spectacular view of the route. Built between 1956 - 1963, the project was initially considered a difficult engineering feat, and claimed the lives of 171 people.
#2. View Shomyo Falls, Japan's tallest waterfall!
With a 350-meters drop, Shomyo Falls is Japan's tallest waterfall. So don't forget to enjoy the beautiful sight of waterfalls throughout various seasons, especially during summer, which is when the largest volume of water flows. [Credit Image]
#3. Visit Murodo Station, Japan's highest altitude station!
Murodo Station is located on the Murodo Plateau, 2,400 meters above sea level. Most importantly, don't forget to enjoy the Muslim-friendly Chicken Curry at the Hotel Tateyama Tearoom, located near Murodo Station! [Credit Image]
4. Ride the one and only trolleybus in Japan!
The popular Alpine route is approximately 90 km long and is accessible via different modes of transportation services. Some of the transport mode includes Railway, Funicular, Bus, Aerial Tramway and the one and only trolleybus in Japan. [Credit Image]
5. Enjoy the view from Japan's longest ropeway!
The spectacular view from the Tateyama Ropeway. It's famous for being the single span line without any aerial lift pylon. Autumn is especially a beautiful time to visit! [Credit Image]
6. Walk through Japan's tallest snow wall!
One of the highlights include walking through the Alpine Route via the majestic 18-meter “snow walls”, Yukino-ōtani, which are only open for two months annually, from mid-April to late June. [Credit Image]
7. Unwind on the highest sailing vessel in Japan!
Because Lake Kurobe is located at an altitude of 1,448 meters, this is the reason why many people seek to view the sights of the alps mirrored onto the lake. [Credit Image]
8. Enjoy a dip in Japan's highest altitude hot spring!
You may also enjoy exploring Mikurigaike Hot Spring, which is the highest altitude hot spring in Japan. As the indoor-bath is separated by gender, Muslims may enjoy the majestic scenery of the mountains from the big windows. [Credit Image]
9. View the oldest mountain hut in Japan!
Explore the Tateyama Murodo, the oldest mountain hut in Japan, built in 1726. This historic hut has mainly been used by many people who have used it as a base when climbing the mountains. [Credit Image]
Also known as the “Roof of Japan”, the Alpine Route opened is generally opened during Spring, Summer and Autumn, and is closed during Winter time. You can enjoy a beautiful variation of snow, flora and fauna, and autumn foliages around September - November. No matter what season you visit, there are plenty of activities for you to do and sights to see!
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