Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is known as the “Roof of Japan” which is only opened to visitors from mid of April to near end of November. This Northern Japan Alps lie on the border between Toyama and Nagano prefectures. Visitors get to “climb” the Japan Alps from one end to another end with several stops or stations in between the path, traversed on various types of vehicles such as cable cars, trolley buses and ropeway. You will be impressed with the scenic scenery happening here on this 90km spectacular route.
Matsumoto 松本 is one of the cities in Nagano Prefecture, located about 2 hours away from Nagoya on JR limited express and it is famous for its original castle – Matsumotojo. Besides that, it is also the gateway to many Japanese Alps. And this is the main reason I dropped by and visited Matsumoto, a chill out before “climbing” the Japanese Alps – Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route. But before that, let me share with you what I did in Matsumoto.
For full itinerary, check out Japan Trip 2018: 10D9N Nagoya, Matsumoto, Toyama, Takayama & Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route