An attractive route to enjoy both
the beautiful sea and mountains
Grand Northern Alps ・ Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is a travel route passes through 3 cities, 1 town and 2 villages; Itoigawa City and Joetsu city of Niigata Prefecture, Omachi city, Hakuba Village and Otari Village of Nagano Prefecture, and Asahi-machi of Toyama Prefecture. Through this route, you may learn the attractivenesses of both the mountains and the sea in one. Including Happo-One Ski Resort, there is number of high-quality ski resorts. Visitors can also enjoy mountain climbing and trekking during spring to autumn.
Furthermore, you can enjoy the beautiful shoreline of Japan Sea and fresh seafood while traveling along the symbolic castle town where has the Japan`s first Geopark by the submarine volcanic activity of Fossa Magna. Visitors can access by airplane or the world-wide popular Shinkansen between Tokyo or other big cities effectively. Besides, tourists may also choose to ride on a local train to enjoy the rural scenery leisurely, even more, to spend a night in a local farm house for an unprecedented country-life experience.
Here is some introduction of places where
we recommend the most among the area.
The Asahi town is located in the east of Toyama Prefecture. You will see the beautiful coastline of the Sea of Japan and the Mt. Shirouma centering on Northern Japan Alps in the south. Since flowers and plants of the season are very beautiful, the town has designated as "the magnificent flowery town in Toyama". Come and visit the town of pretty flowers!
You can feel the ancient romance and the freshness and comfortableness of the surrounding magnificent nature at the Jade Beach (Hisui Kaigan).
The town of Asahi, located in the east end of Toyama Prefecture, faces the scenic Northern Japan Alps and the Sea of Japan. As the east end of Western Japan on the Sea of Japan side, the town also faces the border of Eastern Japan of geology, dialectology, and the power supply frequency other than the financial side and the cultural aspect covering various kinds. Asahi Town prospered as a post town and a road checkpoint in feudal Japan of the Hokuriku highway in ancient times. The town tells the Jomon remains, historic sites, and the trace of history, such as cultural heritage marked the dawn of the remaining culture to the present. Also, it is known as the place where beach volleyball originated.