It was hot or rainy this summer here. To escape from summer heat and above all to enjoy family reunion, my husband planned to take a trip to our favorite destination; Shinshu, Nagano Prefecture.Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is a very popular tourist attraction. I had wanted to go there.
The thing I was worried was how the weather would be during the trip because it had been very unstable in most part of the country.
When we left the hotel for the highland in the early morning because the weather forecast said it was likely to rain in the afternoon, we saw thick mists covering the mountain ranges. The weather makes or breaks the pleasure of Alpine views. Poor visibility due to a bad weather could spoil this holiday…
However, Lady Luck was with us.
When we came out of Kurobe Dam station(1470 meter above sea level) after a 16-minute trolly bus ride through the tunnel followed by climbing up 200 stairs, to my joy, a clear grand view came into my eyes.
Kurobe Dam(1450m) discharges more than 10 tons of water per second from the gate every day from late June to mid October.
After a while, sunshine in the morning made a rainbow over clouds of spray.
Mount. Tateyama Range (3015m), a part of Northern Japan Alps, with mists rising up was clearly seen from there.
It seems ages since my family took a trip altogether last time. This time a 17-month-old Sho joined. It made his grandpa all the happier. Sho is his pride and joy!
|at the obsevation deck at Kurobe Dam|
Can you see a square framed grayish structure in the mid right of this picture?
That is Daikanbo(大観峰 2316m) station on the side of the Tateyamas, where a ropeway carries us tourists up to. The 1.7km long ropeway connecting Kurobedaira (黒部平1828m) station with Daikanbo station has no single support towers between the two to protect surrounding mountain scenery.
|Kurobe Lake seen from higher observation deck|
At Daikanbo we again changed from a ropeway to a trolly bus running through the tunnel crossing just below the Tateyamas to the other side of it. That was our destination: Murodo(室堂2450m), the highest point of the route. This whole route directly connects Nagano Prefecture with neighboring Toyama Prefecture, however, we left our car at the hotel so we had to return from there.
The scenery before us was beyond my wildest dreams.
Mikuri means “the kitchen for the deity”. They say the dishes for an offering to the deity of Mount.Tateyama were made here by using this water.
As you can see from the picture, this place offers accommodation facilities such as Japan's highest situated hotel or lodges or camp grounds.
There are a variety of hiking trails leading to the summit of the mountain(3015m). You can enjoy leisure walk as well. With little Sho with us, we took one hour walk around the Mikurigaike Pond. A patch of snow still remains.
I recognized a volcanic activity by a sulfurous odor in the air near Hell Valley （地獄谷）
Through telephoto lens, hikers looked like a procession of ants on the ridge line.
It was a perfect day. Among others, I was happy to share the joy with my family
|Nagano Prefecture via Wikipedia|