Kurobe Gorge is located in the eastern part of Toyama Prefecture, upstream of the Kurobe River in Kurobe City. . It is known for having the biggest dam in Japan, “Kurobe Dam” and the deepest V-shaped gorge in Japan. Along the Kurobe River, which shines in emerald green from Unazuki Station, you can cross the V-shaped gorge and pass through the tunnel. You can enjoy the thrill as well as the superb view of the trolley train.
By the way, it may be confused with “Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route”, but the names are similar, but both are spots in different places.
The Kurobe Gorge trolley train connects 20.1 kilometers from Unazuki Station to Keyakidaira Station. For sightseeing tours, it is common to go back and forth to Kanetsuri Station, which is one step ahead, in about 55 minutes one way.
Since it runs in the heavy snow region, the trolley train runs from April to November. During the suspension period, parts are dismantled and maintained properly every year, so it seems to be a safe vehicle.
The entrance to Kurobe Gorge is “Unazuki Station” where the Unazuki Hot Spring is located. From here, the trolley trip to nature begins. You can’t buy drinks or go to the toilet in the middle of the car or on the way, so let’s go to “Unazuki Station” before you leave.
By the way, the entire Kurobe Gorge is cooler than the plains, so you can rest assured that you have a jacket when you go out of the summer.
A 10 minute ride on the trolley train will bring you to a beautiful European castle-like building on the right. Shinyanagawara power plant designed with the image of a western castle floating on the lake. Such a wonderful power plant is hard to see elsewhere.
There are three types of trolley trains: an ordinary passenger car (open type), a relaxing passenger car, and a special passenger car. If the weather is nice or the weather is warm, an open-type passenger car is recommended. Feel the natural wind in your body and feel the thrills of running through the cliffs and crossing the iron bridge.
Beyond Moriishi Bridge, you will enter the Chubu mountain national park area, so you can deepen the taste of deep mountains. Above all, Atobiki Bridge is built in a deep and steep valley where people can’t get close. Kuronagi Onsen is located about 20 minutes on foot from Kuronagi Station. It is the oldest hot spring in Kurobe Gorge and the source of Unazuki hot spring.
The trolley train is very popular, and it is very crowded during the long holidays in Japan from late April to early May, the summer holidays, and the autumn leaves season. If you want to take the trolley train without fail, we recommend that you reserve your seat online.
You can ride without a reservation, but during the tourist season, the trolley train window at Unazuki Station has a long line to buy tickets. It is recommended to make a round trip reservation in consideration of the way home.
Even if you make a reservation in advance, the seats will be unreserved. The ticket gate starts 10 minutes before the departure time, but if you want to secure a good seat, you should go early and line up. By the way, the recommendation is the right side in the direction of travel.
One of Japan’s three greatest valleys and the 100 mysterious lands of Japan, Kurobe Gorge. It is a scenic sightseeing area filled with spots where you can feel nature on your skin, such as cool yearning snow in summer and emerald green in Kurobe River. In this Kurobe Gorge, tours enjoying a spectacular view while being shaken by a torokko train, former cargo carrier are popular. “Torokko” is a freight car used to transport materials from construction sites such as tunnels and dams. It is now used for sightseeing purpose and is familiar with the nickname “Torokko Train”. The train that crosses several bridges and runs through the tunnel continues to attract a lot of people.
The Kurobe Gorge, where the torokko train runs, is a heavy snowy area, so it is operating for 8 months from April 1 to November 30. In the spring you can enjoy snow and fresh green in the valley. In the summer, the cold air in the tunnel is pleasant, the flow of the clear stream is also cool and ideal for summer heat. Also, from the end of October to the middle of November when you can enjoy autumn leaves, you can see the beautiful scenery such as the red and yellow-colored trees called “Five section dyeing of Kurobe” and the first crown of Mt. Sannabiki .
As you can see, in any season you will be able to see a magnificent view during the torokko service.
As the place to arrive by the torokko train is a mountainous canyon, shoes that are comfortable to wear are suitable. Because the temperature difference is severe in spring, please bring warm clothes just in case. In summer, because it receives strong sunshine, let’s take measures against UV rays such as sunscreen and hat. As autumn gets deeper, temperature drops sharply, so clothes with excellent warmth are recommended. Since the weather of the mountain changes easily at any time, it is safe to prepare thoroughly in advance such as rain gear and drinks.
Kurobe-kyokoku, located in the north part of Toyama prefecture, is a deep V-shaped gorge. There are the breathtaking cliffs and the astonishing natural beauties in there.
In the Kurobe gorge, visitors can enjoy 360-degree panoramic views, the trees of mountains changing color in every season, and the Kurobe River shining with emerald green which is the best clear stream in Japan.
The torokko train which runs deep into Kurobe gorge has the roof, but not the window, so you can heartily enjoy nature of the Kurobe gorge.
It is full of the seasonal highlight like spring trees verdant with young leaves, summer clear stream, autumn colored leaves. It runs through actual nature while passing through the many bridges and tunnels.
There are a lot of superb views such as Atobiki-bashi bridge of 60m in height to appear in the Kuronagi-gawa river, Unexplored open-air bath of the Kanetsuri hot spring, and Kinshukan known as a famous spot of colored leaves on the way.
There are a restaurant and a souvenir shop in Kanetsuri-eki station and Keyakidaira-eki station on the way, you can have a break and a meal. Let’s thoroughly enjoy the Nature of the Kurobe gorge all the day!
|Name:||The Torokko Train of Kurobe Gorge|
|Adresse:||Kurobekyokokuguchi Kurobe, Toyama 938-0283 Japan|
|Access:||Toyama-chihou-honsen Line “Unazuki-Onsen-eki Station” (3 minutes walk)|
|Price/Charge:||Tickets and Reservations|