It’s open from May to November.
It’s located near the boundary to Niigata and Nagano prefectures.Trams used to be the transportersfor building thehydroelectric
The open-air tram travels slowly,
but it’s enough to feel a sense
Impressive man-made feats and
ancient natural beauty are both
visible during the tram's
We met up with Marlies at 7:30 am in the heart of Kanazawa, then arrived by car at Unazuki station (1) around 9 am. The 10:03 train departure was already booked for us in advance, and we were very excited. The tram goes through a V-shaped gorge along the Kurobegawa river, which is chilly even in August. (Don’t forget to bring a jacket!) The open-air tram ride with fresh mountain air, while looking down upon the scenery of the humongous dam and glistening water are all breathtaking. In addition to the large views, you shouldn’t miss the small curious spots, such as a suspension bridge exclusively constructed for wild monkeys, a holy Buddha rock, and the Italian-dessert-looking perpetual snow!
Take a deep breath and relax
After the enjoyable 80-minute-tram-ride, we arrived at Keyakidaira (10). We were all starving, even though it still wasn’t 11:30 am! On the second floor of the terminal building, we had lunch first.
Marlies soaking her feet in the
warm footbath after the cold
river water. (Keyakidaira)
The natural hot spring for outdoor bathing, in which you can soak while breathing in the fresh air, is located in Kanetsuri!
ake sure you buy a ticket to your destination each time. There is no pass to get in and off freely. We were supposed to go back directly to Unazuki Station, but changed our plan and got two tickets, one from Keyakidaira (10) to Kanetsuri (8), and the other from Kanetsuri (8) to Unazuki (1).
Kanetsuri is lovely for stopping by.
It’s quiet and isolated from people.
Marlies having a coffee break
at a lovely cafe in Kanetsuri.
Kurobe Kyokoku Tetsudo
Open: May 1 - Nov 30
*Stations for tourists: Unazuki (1), Kuronagi (4), Kanetsuri (8) and Keyakidaira (10).
*Please buy a ticket to your destination at each station! There is no pass to get on and off the tram freely.
Picture provided by
Toyama Prefectural Tourism Associaton
[Snow wall in Ohtani: Apr - Jun]
Toyama Squid Sparkling Blue during the New Moon
Picture provided by Namerikawa City
[Hotaruika Spawning Season: Mar - May]