This world-famous mountain sightseeing route runs for approximately 90 kilometers between Toyama and Nagano through the Northern Japan Alps, where mountains that reach elevations of more than 3,000 m come one after the other. You can visit lots of places, such as Kurobe Dam, which is one of the largest dams in Japan, the Shomyo Falls, famous for having the highest waterfall in Japan, and the Midagahara Plateau, with its blooming alpine plants. The "Great Valley of Snow" is a particular must see. It appears from mid April to mid June, and visitors get to stroll between walls of snow some 20 m high.
When you visit Toyoma, the first thing that will steal your gaze is the imposing spectacle of the 3,000-m-high Tateyama mountain range, which can be seen from all over the prefecture. In particular, the view from the coastline in the western part the prefecture is a landscape that fascinates many photographers. There are many attractions which show nature in all its glory, such as Kurobe Gorge, counted among the 100 Mysterious Lands of Japan.
In addition, you can come into contact with Japan's good old folk customs in places like Gokayama gassho village, a World Cultural Heritage site with beautiful, simple scenery that can even be said to be one of Japan's original landscapes, and in "Owara Kaze-no-Bon," a folk song event in the Yatsuo area that is famous nationwide.