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2-Day Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Shirakawago & Takayama Tour (From Tokyo, with English-speaking Interpreter Guide)

Depart Tokyo
Visit Takayama, Shirakawago, Tateyama Kurobe, Toyama
Duration Approx. 2 Day
Minimum No for Tour Operating 20
Included Accommodation for 1 night, Breakfast on Day 2, Round-trip bus fare for 2 days, Transportation expenses for the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route as noted in the itinerary, English-speaking guide fee, Associated taxes
Not Included Phone charges, additional accommodation charges, drinks, laundry service and other fares, fees, and services not noted in the travel itinerary, Meals at accommodation locations
Cancellation Policy 7days prior of the tour date 50%
  2Day prior of the date 70%
  1Day prior of the tour date 100% , No show 100%
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About the tour

1. Take a 2-day sightseeing tour to visit the popular Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Shirakawago and Hida Takayama areas efficiently by bus.
2. Depart from Shinjuku via bus and jump right into your alpine route trip with no need for transfers. There’s no need to worry about where to store luggage.
3. Stroll through the World Heritage Site Shirakawago and its village of thatched-roof houses, and the historic town of Hida Takayama, locations that are difficult for travelers to reach on their own.
4. On tours departing from April 16 to June 25, participants will also walk through the Snow Corridor (a road flanked by walls of snow that stretches for 500 meters)! The Snow Corridor area gets a lot of snow, and the snow walls may reach up to 20 meters in height.
5. The water spray from the 10 to 15 tons of water cascading through Kurobe Dam every second is a sight to remember! From late June to mid-October, water is specially discharged from the dam everyday as a sightseeing attraction. The foliage of the alpine route begins to turn yellow in mid-September, giving way to a deeper blend of red and orange that can be enjoyed until early November.
6. A minimum of 2 participants is required for tours to run on April 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2, August 6, and October 8.



07:20 – 07:30

Check-in Counter on the 3rd floor of Keio Plaza Hotel’s Main Tower in Shinjuku

5 minutes on foot from Shinjuku Station West Exit (JR Lines, Subway), or 1 minute on foot from Tochomae Station B1 Exit (Toei Oedo Line)

Please arrive by 7:20. The guide or a staff member will conduct check-in.
The bus will depart at 7:30 and head to the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route for sightseeing. [Via Chuo/Nagano Expressway – approx. 4 hr. 20 min.]

Hida Takayama (120 min)

Take a stroll through the historic Kamisan-no-machi and Kamini-no-machi areas, known as “Little Kyoto.”

Sightseeing at Shirakawago (90 min)

Designated as a World Heritage Site in 1995, Shirakawago is the largest extant Gassho Shuraku (steep-roofed village) and is registered as one of the 106 Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings of Japan.
[Via Tokai-Hokuriku/Hokuriku Expressway – approx. 1 hr.]

18:00 – 19:00

Check in at Daiwa Roynet Hotel Toyama

This is a city hotel located 6 minutes by streetcar from Toyama Station. The hotel is near the downtown area, providing convenient access to sightseeing spots. Dinner is not included in the tour booking charge, so participants are free to have meals at their choice of restaurant.

08:00 –

Depart from Daiwa Roynet Hotel Toyama

After breakfast, the tour will depart the hotel at 8:00.
Head to the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route via bus.

From Tateyama Station to Bijodaira Station (7 min)

Head to Bijodaira by cable car.
(Luggage may be left inside the bus.)

Bijodaira Station to Murodo Station (50 min)

Head to Murodo by Tateyama Highland Bus.

Sightseeing in Murodo (80 min)

At 2,450 m, this is the highest point on the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. Towering 3,000 meter-tall mountains including Mt. Tsurugi, the most distinctive peak of the Japan Alps, and Mt. Tateyama are visible from this spot.
Please enjoy lunch on your own (not included).

*For tours departing between mid-April and late June, a Snow Corridor Walk is included.
*For tours departing between late June and mid-October, a visit to Kurobe Dam to see the water discharge is included.
*Tours departing in October can enjoy the sight of autumn leaves from Daikanbo and more.
*Tours departing in November can enjoy the freshly fallen snow.

Murodo Station to Daikanbo Station (10 min)

Head to Daikanbo Station by trolley bus.

Daikanbo Station to Kurobedaira Station (7 min)

Take the ropeway to Kurobedaira.

Kurobedaira Station to Kurobeko Station (5 min)

Head to Kurobeko Station by cable car.

Kurobe Dam Sightseeing (60 min)

The dam is 186 meters tall, making it one of the tallest in the world.
The group will walk from Kurobeko Station to the Kurobe Dam Station.

Kurobe Dam Station to Ogizawa Station

Take the trolley bus to Ogizawa.

Return to Shinjuku via bus.
[Via Chuo Expressway – approx. 4 hr. 20 min.]

20:30 – 21:30

Near Shinjuku Station West Exit

Tour ends upon arrival.
Please head to your next destination on your own from Shinjuku Station.


1. Planning Company: JTB Japan Travel Corp.
Address: 2-3-11 Higashi-Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
Japan Tourism Agency Registered Travel Agent (No. 1955)

2. If the minimum number of participants (1) is not met by 14 days before the scheduled date, the tour on that date may be cancelled. And a minimum of 2 participants is required for tours to run on April 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2, August 6, and October 8. Furthermore, if there are no bookings made by 45-30 days before the scheduled date, the tour on that date may be cancelled.

3. Please inform us of your accommodation and contact details for the day prior to the tour. If the tour is cancelled, participants will be notified by the conducting company or their travel agent.

4. Breakfast for the 2nd day will be a Japanese/Western-style buffet. Please understand that there is no vegetarian option available.

5. The itinerary displayed on the booking screen is the final itinerary. A copy of the final itinerary will not be sent to participants.

6. Depending on traffic, congestion, weather conditions, etc., the itinerary may have to be altered and/or a site visit shortened. Also, the itinerary order may be reversed. Thank you for your understanding.

7. Specific seats cannot be requested.

8. The vehicle to be used will depend on the number of participants. If there are 10 or fewer participants, the group may use a mid-sized bus, a small-sized bus, or a hired car.

9. Luggage delivery service is not available on this tour. Please bring only what you need for a 1-night stay in a backpack or other bag that is easy to carry.

10. Because it is on a highland 3,000 meters high, temperatures on the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route are typically 10 to 15 degrees Celsius colder than in Tokyo. Please be mindful of the weather and wear clothes appropriate for the season.
[Standard Items to Bring]
Rain gear, sneakers, a hat and sunscreen lotion.
*These are not included in the tour fees, so please prepare them in advance.
[Clothing & Items to Bring for Each Season]
– April to June
The walking paths in the Murododaira vicinity are buried in snow. The glare from the snow is rather strong, so participants are recommended to bring sunglasses. And, although the temperature can be as low as 5-10 degrees Celsius, when walking around you will warm up, so clothes that are easy to put on and take off (clothes with buttons or zippers on the front) are handy.
– July – September
The temperature ranges between a comfortable 10 and 20 degrees Celsius, but because the sunlight on the mountain is much stronger than you might think, participants are recommended to wear clothing that does not expose much skin and is very breathable. And, because participants may sometimes feel chilly, bringing a windbreaker or jacket is recommended.
– October
The temperature is 10 degrees Celsius or lower, and participants will often feel chilly. Because the Murododaira vicinity may have some light snow, bringing thick clothing is recommended.
– November
The temperature often drops below freezing. Please prepare enough warm winter clothing.
11. 3 guests in 1 room is not permitted. For rooms with 2 guests, guests can choose between twin beds or a double bed. (However, there are a limited amount of double rooms, and additional requests are not allowed.)
12. Children younger than elementary school age (younger than 6 years old) may not join this tour.