Stay, Toyama

Checking in to Hotel Tateyama at Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route in Toyama

There are several choices of hotels, B&Bs and lodges along the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. We stayed at Hotel Tateyama in Murododaira during our trip to Kurobe Dam.
View from Guest room
Murododaira Station is located at the height of 2,450m and it is the key station to climb the Tateyama Mountain Range and to visit the Kurobe Dam. Mountain weather was changeable, so we stayed two nights at the Hotel Tateyama to visit the Kurobe Dam to prepare for any possible weather conditions.

Old dining room

The old dining room had a cozy atmosphere and the service at the restaurant was satisfying at Hotel Tateyama. It was a long way to travel to Hotel Tateyama from Tokyo for us and we were happy to finally enjoy Toyama’s local cuisines. We enjoyed Japanese and Western style dinners at the Hotel Tateyama. It was amazing to find local ingredients in such a high mountain hotel.IMG_9804
Japanese style dinner

When it comes to coffee

We had lunch at Tea Lounge Rindou in Hotel Tateyama. What was good about the Tea Lounge was cold-brew coffee with Tateyama’s spring water. We drew Tateyama’s spring water at the Water Station near Murododaira Station.IMG_9318
However, it seemed the water at the restroom of Hotel Tateyama was the same as Tateyama’s spring water. In fact, it seemed to be the same water at our guest room, or even at the restroom, as it was at the water station. Tea Lounge Rindou’s snacks

Japanese Soba Noodle

We also ate rice balls and Japanese noodle at Tateyama Soba Noodle shop in the Murododaira Station. It helped us a lot after hiking in cold weather.Tateyama Soba noodle at Murododaira Station

The snow corridor in summer

Tateyama has some of the heaviest snowfalls in Japan. This area gets over 10m of snow and sometimes as much as 20m. When mountain-climbing season starts, local people clear away the snow on the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and create a snow corridor. You can walk through the 500m long snow corridor for 40 mins from mid April to May.IMG_9858
Around the Hotel Tateyama in the Murododaira area is the end of the snow corridor. The snow walls remain until August and you can play with the snow in summer. The snow was a little bit dirty, but the size of the remaining snow was overwhelming.

It’s all in the details:

Transportation: Tateyama Alpine Route

Hiking: Midagahara Hiking

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