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2-Day Tateyama Kurobe Route: Shirakawago, Hida-Takayama from Nagoya

Day 1: After meeting with your tour conductor, you will head to Hida Takayama by bus. It will take almost 3 hours but it will be a comfortable ride. You will have around 2 hours to explore the quaint old streets of the merchant town from the Edo period, which is also known as "Little Kyoto". Also have lunch independently in a local restaurant while strolling, as lunch is not included. If you want to save time for more sightseeing, a lunch box is available if ordered at least 7 days in advance, for an additional fee (JPY 1,000 tax included). Please pay the lunch box fee to a tour conductor in cash on the tour day. The next destination is Shirakawago, a place that is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Shirakawago is famous for the farmhouses that represent Japanese traditional architecture. The structure of the houses is called “Gassho-zukuri”, which refers to the shape of the roof that looks like a person's hands put together for praying. You will spend about 90 minutes there walking around and taking pictures before heading to your accommodation in Toyama prefecture. Your accommodation will be at APA Hotel Toyama. After arriving, enjoy your dinner individually in one of the local restaurants of your choice near Toyama Station, as the dinner is not included in the tour fee. Day 2: After your breakfast at the hotel, you will visit Nagano prefecture, where you can enjoy snow even during the spring in Japan. The first stop in Nagano prefecture is Tateyama; from here, it takes you only 7 minutes by cable car to go to Bijodaira. Once you arrive at Bijodaira, you will ride on another highland-exclusive bus to go to Murodo, where the Snow Wall Otani is located. You will be able to see the snow wall from late April to middle of June (until 22nd June in 2018).  After taking your time to feel the cold, brisk air and walk around at the Snow Wall, you will ride on a bus to head to Daikanbo. At Daikanbo, you will take the rope way for about 7 minutes to get to Kurobedaira. Then, you will change to a cable car for 5 minutes to go to lake Kurobe. At lake Kurobe, you will have the opportunity to walk around and see Kurobe dam, a giant hydropower plant, which is very popular for its extraordinary view. After 15 minutes of strolling at Kurobe dam, you will be taken to Ogizawa and then Azumino by bus. Azumino, where you will be able enjoy shopping, is the last destination of the tour. At the end of the tour, you will go back and stop at Nagoya station at around 20:20.

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Day Trip to Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route from Nagoya

FOR DEPARTURES FROM 26 June TO 13 August, 2018:Depart Nagoya Station bright and early for the 3,5 hour journey to Ogizawa Station, where you will board the Kanden Tunnel Trolleybus all the way to Kurobe Dam Station in Tateyama. The 6.1km journey takes 16 minutes. Step off the trolleybus and arrive at the Kurobe Dam, one of the largest dams in the world. At 186m high, 492m wide at the top and a reservoir capacity of approximately 200 million square meters, it is the tallest and largest hydroelectric dam in Japan, which consistently proves to be a highlight for many traversing the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. Taking seven years to complete and requiring the manpower of 10 million people, be awestruck by the sheer scale of engineering that took place here between 1956 and 1963. You have over 2 hours to explore and learn about the dam. The pinnacle of the trip is to witness the water release from the various viewing areas with the spectacular Tateyama mountain range in the background. Feel the mighty force of more than 10 tonnes of water discharging every second! If it is a clear day, you should be lucky enough to see a rainbow cutting across the gushing water to enhance the experience even further. Take the trolleybus back to Ogizawa station and board the bus heading to Azumino, about an hour’s drive away. The city is in the stunning location at the foot of the Japanese Alps and is often populated with hikers and snow enthusiasts for the convenient access to the mountains. You will have some time here to shop and explore the wonderful city which is a melting pot of stunning mountain landscapes and cultural attractions.The tour wraps up in Azumino and returns to Nagoya Station aiming for 20:30.OTHER DEPARTURE DATES:Catch the tour at the designated meeting place and start travelling by coach bus for approx. 5 hours with breaks to Toyama prefecture. The tour bus will drive up to 2,450m above sea level straight where the place is called “Murodo” that is the highest point of Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. Murodo is surrounded by Tateyama Mountain range. Immerse yourself to this breath taking panoramic mountain scene. The tour group will stay at Murodo approximate 2 hours.From the middle of April until the middle of June, gigantic snow wall appears along a street which is well known called “Yuki-no-Otani”. The Snow Corridor Walk height reaches to 20m tall at the peak season. Walk along the snow wall that is definitely a memorable experience that you cannot experience at any other place.From mid-September to early October, Murodo changes itself dramatically and wear the beautiful autumn color dress.After exploring the snowy walls or viewing fall foliage, you will then enjoy shopping in Tateyama for another 20min before heading back to Nagoya. The approximate arrival time is 21:40.