Alpine Route Extended: Kurobe Dam, Murodo [Trip Day 2] アルペンルート・黒部ダム・室堂

  Trip itinerary and map

After the indoor onsen last night, today we would be trying out an outdoor onsen for the first time, and then proceed to the Alpine Route!

Norikura-kogen Onsen (乗鞍高原温泉)

Matsumoto (松本)

For our next destination, the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, we had to go all the way back to Matsumoto, then change to the Oito line train. There was some free time in Matsumoto, so we squeezed in a quick glance at the Matsumoto castle.

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (立山黒部アルペンルート)

As mentioned in the previous entry, we were taking the route from the Nagano prefecture side. If you’re doing only half of the route, then in terms of the various means of transport you get to experience, this is more interesting than starting from the Toyama prefecture side.

Murodo (室堂)

The Murodo terminal is on the plateau below the summit of Mount Tatayama (3016 metres), and is the highest point of the Alpine Route. There is a network of paved walking trails, some leading to mountain climbing routes. For today, it’s just half an hour walk for us to get to the mountain hut where we’d be staying for 2 nights. There’s some stunning scenery on the way.

Initially I was only able to book a shared room for the first night (it is a mountain hut, after all), and private room for the second, but upon arrival I was told a private room became free for the first night. We had some luck!