The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route was completed in 1971 as a way to connect Toyama City with Omachi Town in Nagano Prefecture. The route cannot be accessed from December to mid-April. During the time it is open the section between Tateyama Station and Ogizawa is closed to private vehicles. The biggest attraction is the amazing scenery of the Tateyama Mountain Range, which is part of the Chubu Sangaku National Park. Around the upper sections of Midagahara and Murodo the most magnificent snow corridors are formed from the accumulated snow in spring. These snow walls can reach up to 20 meters high. From mid- April to mid-June a section of Murodo is open to pedestrians to walk through the snow corridor. There are a variety of ways to travel through the alpine route like the railway, cable car, and bus. Summer and fall attract many visitors to the area because of the beautiful landscapes, autumn leaves, and alpine flowers. At the highest point along the route there are a variety of hiking trails that cater to professional hikers and leisure walkers. When riding the Tateyama Ropeway, you will be rewarded with a bird’s eye view of the surrounding area and the 186-meter-tall Kurobe Dam.