Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route Complete Guide! Summary of essential reading knowledge of Snow Corridor

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Last Updated on 10/31/2021 by てんしょく飯

The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, a mountain sightseeing route on the clouds that connects Toyama and Nagano prefectures, is a popular tourist spot for both Japanese and foreigners.


This time, we have compiled information that you should know about the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route for those who are “first time worried” or “what kind of belongings do you need?” In particular, we will introduce in detail the charm and belongings of “Snow Otani”, which is very popular among the Alpine routes.



What kind of place is “Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route”?

The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is one of the world’s leading mountain sightseeing routes that runs through the Northern Alps, which is lined with mountains at an altitude of 3000 meters. We will cross the sightseeing route from “Ogisawa Station” in Omachi City, Nagano Prefecture to “Tateyama Station” in Tateyama Town, Toyama Prefecture, with a total length of 37.2 kilometers and a maximum point of 2450 meters by connecting vehicles.


Since there are vehicles, families with children and elderly people


A masterpiece on the powerful snow wall! What is Snow Corridor?

The spring tradition of the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is Snow Corridor. Immediately after the opening of the entire Alpine Route, the “Tateyama Kurobe / Snow Otani Festival” is held from mid-April to mid-June every year.


A snow corridor with a road sandwiched between snow walls that stretches for about 500 meters. The height of the snow wall is as high as 20 meters immediately after the opening of the Alpine Route! It is a spectacular view unique to Murodo, which is a heavy snowfall area, and there is no doubt that you will be overwhelmed by its power.


Let’s experience the “Snow Corridor Walk” up close to the powerful snow wall!


At the “Snow Corridor Walk”, you can walk on the open plateau bus road as a pedestrian passage and experience the powerful snow wall up close. As you can see in the photo, the contrast between the white snow wall and the blue sky is very beautiful.


It takes about 35 minutes to make a round trip on the walking section of about 500 meters. On the “Panorama Road”, which is limited to the time when a lot of snow remains, you can walk on the snow while gazing at the spectacular view of the 3000m-class mountains.


What kind of clothes do you recommend for “Snow Corridor Walk”? Take measures against cold and UV rays!

During the “Tateyama Kurobe / Snow Otani Festival” event, even from April to June, the temperature is as low as 5 to 10 degrees Celsius, so you need to take measures to protect yourself from the cold, such as a warm jacket. However, it gets hot when you walk on the Snow Corridor Walk, so we recommend wearing front buttons or zipper-type clothes that are easy to put on and take off.


Waterproof trekking shoes and boots should be used at your feet, and high-cut shoes that do not allow snow to enter are recommended. Not only in the snow corridor, but there are scenes of walking on the snow, so shoes with a non-slip sole are better.


Also, when it’s sunny, the snow reflects strongly, so sunglasses and sunscreen are also essential items. Other useful items include gloves, body warmers, scarves, wool hats, and neck warmers. If you prepare well, you can rest assured in case of emergency.