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Great snow wall in Tateyama

07 May 2015
Breathtaking view of Great snow wall located in Murodo, Tateyama Kurobe Alpen Route – spectacular route through 3000m Northern Japan Alps. This route connects Toyama pre and Nagano pre. (Tateyama station – Bijodaira – Murodo – Kurobe dam – Ogizawa – Shinano Omachi.) by cable car, bus, trolley bus and rope way. 
Tateyama is the heaviest snow fall area in the world, it reaches to an average 7meters and in heavy years up to 20meters.  So the route is buried deep in snow for December to March, is completely closed.  The road is opened at the middle of April(depens on year) until end of November. You can see snow wall until end of June, after July snow melts and wall becomes shorter. The best period to visit is just after Alpen route is opened at the middle of April to middle of May.

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Cable car operats between Tateyama station and Bijodaira, then change to the bus for Murodo. The bus drives though the Great snow wall as above picture. The snow wall is three times as high as that bus.

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One hour walk from Great snow wall, a lot of tents come into my sight. Just down the snow hill, we arrived at Raicho-zawa tent site. Mountain hut with Onsen(hotspring) is also available here.

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So many colorful tents and funny shaped mountains, look like dunes in Namibia.

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This is our house for tonight, is quite comfortable. We cooked Kimu-nabe as dinner, of course with some hot sake and wine.

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The sun is just seeting opposit side of the moutain and beautifull vapor trail above the mountain. now getting freezing !

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The moon appers and lights are lit in tents. Beautiful scenery.

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Mt.Tsurugi(2999m) one of the most hardest and dangerous moutain for climing in Japan even in summer period.

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Can you find Patrmigan ?  This is very rare bird and was designated as special national tressure.

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We spent 2days in the snow moutain and come back to Murodo again.  We took last kook at Great snow valley, and went back to Kyoto.

For more information and access
http://www.alpen-route.com/en

 

 

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