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Enjoy the views of Tateyama Kurobe alpine route through a new Panorama VR tour

By Connie Sceaphierde, grape Japan

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.

At 2,450 meters above sea level, Tateyama Murododaira recorded 640 cm 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.

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 color.

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I've clicked the link, bookmarked the webpage, and later my wife and I are going to sit and watch the tour and have a little taste of the trip that we were planning to make to Japan this May-June but are now for obvious reasons not able to take.

It'll be a bitter-sweet experience, but this and the plethora of Japan walking and other travel videos on YouTube will help to fill the gap until we're actually able to get to Japan again, hopefully early next year.

Thanks, JT and grape japan.

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