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Snowy gorge in Kurobe

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine RouteTateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is a route l37-kilometer long, which connects Tateyama in Toyama Prefecture and Omachi in Nagano. The route is sometimes called the "Roof of Japan" and goes through the Tateyama mountain in the Japanese Alps, one of the three sacred mountains in the Land of Cherry Blossoms along with the Mt. Fuji and Mt.Haku. The road is extremely picturesque, with an elevation change of 2400 meters, depending on the section of the route. The main attraction is the impressive sight - a snowy corridor surrounded on both sides with a nearly 20-meter high walls of snow. This amazing part of the route makes a lasting impression and can be accessed from mid-April till late May by bus or on foot. It is advisable to bring some warm clothes, as the gorge is much colder compared to the regions which you will be coming from. The route was opened on June 1, 1971.

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