Kurobe Valley (Nagano)黒部峡谷
Japan's deepest valley offers a breathtaking view. An exciting trolley ride through 41 tunnels and over 22 bridges.
The Kurobe Valley is located in the eastern part of Toyama and lies between the Tateyama Mountain Range and the Ushiro-Tateyama Mountain Range. The valley is the deepest V-shaped valley in the entire country. If you take a trolley ride (the Kurobe Kyokoku Line), you can view the beauty of the valley between Unazuki-onsen Station and Keyaki-daira Station. The trolley ride takes 1 hour and 20 minutes, a distance of 20.1 kilometers, and includes going through 41 tunnels and over 22 bridges. One of the bridges is called Atobiki-bashi, which lies over the deepest part of the valley, and is 64 meters long and 60 meters high. The view from this bridge is one of the best in this area.
There are many hot springs along the trolley route, such as the Kuronagi-onsen Hot Spring (the source of the Unazuki-onsen Hot Spring) as well as the Kanetsuri-onsen and Meiken-onsen hot springs. You may get off the trolley on the way to enjoy other secluded hot spring spots. The Kanetsuri-onsen Hot Spring is known for the distinctive characteristic that you can dig anywhere along the Kurobe-gawa River to create and enjoy your own private spa.
If you walk one kilometer from Keyaki-daira Station, the last stop of the trolley route, you will see the Kurobe-gawa River from the precipitous cliff called the Sarutobi Valley. The Babadani-onsen and the Meiken-onsen hot springs are nearby, and you can relax.
From Tokyo :
[Rail] 3h 20 min via Echigo-Yuzawa Station (JR Jo'etsu Shinkansen Line) to Toyama Station. 1h from Dentetsu Toyama to Unazuki-onsen Station by Toyama Chitetsu Line (limited express). A 3-minute walk to Unazuki Station (Kurobe Kyokoku Line). The trolley is not in service during the winter.
From Osaka :
[Rail] 3h 20 min to Toyama Station by JR Hokuriku Line.