One of the world’s leading mountain sightseeing routes that connects Toyama and Nagano Prefectures, the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine route can now be enjoyed in a special panorama VR tour on the official website.

The views on the VR website not only include a general tour of the route, but also scenes unique to each of the four seasons that visitors may have not have the chance to have seen in person.

Snowfall at Tateyama Murododaira.

At 2,450m above sea level, Tateyama Murododaira recorded 640cm of snow during March 2020, higher than the previous year and engulfing some of the pathways and rest stops.

In addition to the new VR service provided by the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, prospective visitors to the area can also check updates of the weather and snowfall on their Youtube channel. Time lapse videos are available for Tateyama Murododaira, Okanmine, and Kurobedaira, and are updated daily.

The complete route including methods of transport at each section.

The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

A unique route across the Northern Japan Alps, the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route commands traversing the mountain ranges using a number of different methods of transportations, including cable cars, trolley buses, trains and ropeways.

The area enjoys a range of different scenery during the different seasons of the year, with perhaps the most famous of the views being the snow corridor, where walls of up to 20 feet of snow accumulates between Midigahara and Murodo in the spring. Due to the heavy snowfall the route itself is completely inaccessible from December to mid April, with the route and parts of the snow corridor set to open up this year on April 15. The route is enjoyed by hikers, campers and adventurers alike in the summer and autumn as the mountains and forests fill with colour.

By - Connie Sceaphierde.