In mid-October last year, the autumn foliage season reached its peak in the Tateyama mountain range of the Northern Japanese Alps. From Kurobe Dam Station on the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, 1,470 meters above sea level, visitors enjoyed gorgeous scenes of red and yellow leaves as they made their way on foot and by cable car to Kurobedaira Station, 1,828 meters above sea level. The full 37-kilometer route involves travel in six kinds of vehicles.
At a viewing platform near Kurobedaira Station, visitors took pictures of the autumn leaves, which covered the landscape below like a carpet of brocade, as they enjoyed the peak of autumn.
In mid-March earlier last year, work to remove piles of snow was being conducted along the alpine route before the start of the tourism season in spring. The cleared road runs between the walls of snow, which dazzlingly reflected the sunlight under the clear sky
The entire length of the route reopens before the Golden Week holidays.