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Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route 立山黒部アルペンルート

One of Japan's most celebrated mountain sightseeing routes, running across a spectacular stretch of the Central Alps between Nagano and Toyama Prefectures. Both notoriously crowded and exceptionally expensive with some six different modes of transport, it is especially popular during the colorful autumn. Unfortunately, the summer conditions can be a bit on the unpredictable side, as can be seen in these photos from July 2008 (when most of the area was shrouded in clouds, fog and occasional rain).
Arrival at Ōgizawa trolley bus station
Arrival at Ōgizawa trolley bus station
Even the 7am queues are crazy
Even the 7am queues are crazy
Return ticket for Murodō
Return ticket for Murodō
Boarding the trolley buses
Boarding the trolley buses
Misty mountains around Kurobe
Misty mountains around Kurobe
Reservoir beyond the dam
Reservoir beyond the dam
Stream running down the mountains
Stream running down the mountains
Unmelted drift at Daikanbō
Unmelted drift at Daikanbō
How do I appear out there?
How do I appear out there?
Posing next to the ice
Posing next to the ice
Tourists streaming out of Murodō bus center
Tourists streaming out of Murodō bus center
Dew-tinged flowers at Murodō
Dew-tinged flowers at Murodō
Fog enshrouded Mikuri-ga-ike
Fog enshrouded Mikuri-ga-ike
Ice covering the path to Jigokudani Onsen
Ice covering the path to Jigokudani Onsen
Enma-dai Observation Site
Enma-dai Observation Site
Thinning clouds over Jigokudani Onsen
Thinning clouds over Jigokudani Onsen
The mountain peaks appear
The mountain peaks appear
Receding clouds on the horizon
Receding clouds on the horizon
View down on Kajiya-jigoku
View down on Kajiya-jigoku
Pathway to Raichō-zawa
Pathway to Raichō-zawa
Clear view towards Oyama
Clear view towards Oyama
Climbing back up the sunny path
Climbing back up the sunny path
Taking in the view
Taking in the view
SIgn marker and looming Oyama
SIgn marker and looming Oyama
Kitted-out Japanese hikers
Kitted-out Japanese hikers
Sulfur-tainted ice on Mikuri-ga-ike
Sulfur-tainted ice on Mikuri-ga-ike
Greenery and ice around the pond
Greenery and ice around the pond
The clouds return over the path
The clouds return over the path
Snow patterns on the mountainside
Snow patterns on the mountainside
Line of daytrippers on the path
Line of daytrippers on the path
Mikuri-ga-ike and sign marker
Mikuri-ga-ike and sign marker
Walking out amongst the snow
Walking out amongst the snow
Makeshift stupa at Murodō
Makeshift stupa at Murodō
A glimpse of the local wildlife
A glimpse of the local wildlife
A rare unobstructed view of the Tateyama marker
A rare unobstructed view of the Tateyama marker
Remnants of the Yuki-no-Ōtani (snow corridor)
Remnants of the Yuki-no-Ōtani (snow corridor)
Tramcar ascending the ropeway
Tramcar ascending the ropeway
Antennas at the top of Daikanbō station
Antennas at the top of Daikanbō station
Passing cable car
Passing cable car
Packing back in at Kurobe-daira
Packing back in at Kurobe-daira
View down on the dam from Kurobe-daira
View down on the dam from Kurobe-daira
Cable car leaving Kurobe-daira
Cable car leaving Kurobe-daira
View across the mountains from Kurobe-daira
View across the mountains from Kurobe-daira
Mountain layers under cloud
Mountain layers under cloud
Aerovane over Kurobe-daira
Aerovane over Kurobe-daira
Rows of hills in the distance
Rows of hills in the distance
Nikkō-kizuge lily at Kurobe-daira
Nikkō-kizuge lily at Kurobe-daira
Kurobe-daira station
Kurobe-daira station
Waiting on the arriving funicular car
Waiting on the arriving funicular car
Back at Kurobe-ko
Back at Kurobe-ko
Pine trees jutting over the reservoir
Pine trees jutting over the reservoir
Mountain scenery along the reservoir
Mountain scenery along the reservoir
Massive discharge on the dam's outer wall
Massive discharge on the dam's outer wall
View up to Kurobe Dam station
View up to Kurobe Dam station
Walking atop Kurobe-ko
Walking atop Kurobe-ko
Stairway along a support wall
Stairway along a support wall
View down the interior wall
View down the interior wall
Memorial to the dam builders
Memorial to the dam builders
Neglected boats in the reservoir
Neglected boats in the reservoir
Above the vast discharge
Above the vast discharge
Outer wall and reservoir beyond
Outer wall and reservoir beyond
Kurobe Dam
Kurobe Dam
Trolleybus at Ōgizawa
Trolleybus at Ōgizawa
Scenery around Ōgizawa
Scenery around Ōgizawa