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Alpine route: car and luggage 2019/1/2 00:07
We are planning to do the Alpine route (Toyama-Omachi) during my next visit. According to my understanding this path is closed for private cars and limited to public transportation. So renting a car is not an option. Is this correct?
If yes, how do suggest to handle the luggage? Is there a way to send it to our final destination at the end of this route(Omachi or other town next to it) or the only alternative it to take hotel in Toyama or Tateyama and return back at the end of the tour.
Are there any alternative paths in the Alpines which look similar and are accessible to privet cars?
by Orna (guest)  

Re: Alpine route: car and luggage 2019/1/2 08:36
According to my understanding this path is closed for private cars and limited to public transportation. So renting a car is not an option. Is this correct?

It is correct that the route is closed to private cars and limited to public transportation. There are several ways how you can still enjoy the route while having a rental car. The most obvious is to start the Alpine Route from one end and return to the start. Another option is to drop off your car at one end and rent another car at the other. Or after passing through the Alpine Route, you could return to your car by train. Lastly, there is a car-forwarding service offered along the route, but it is expensive:
http://www.tateyama-traffic.jp/English_page.html

If yes, how do suggest to handle the luggage?

There are nationwide delivery services that let you send luggage between any address in Japan:
https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2278.html

There is also a Alpine Route-specific luggage forwarding system:
https://www.alpen-route.com/en/transport_new/baggage.html

Are there any alternative paths in the Alpines which look similar and are accessible to privet cars?

There are many spectacular mountain roads in Japan. Some that come to mind are, but there are many more:
https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e4286.html
https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e7754.html
Route 292 between Kusatsu and Yudanaka

None of them compare to the Alpine Route, though, because it is the various modes of transport that make the route so unique.
by Uji rate this post as useful

Re: Alpine route: car and luggage 2019/1/4 05:15
Thank you Uji,
It looks like we will go directly without a car from Kanazawa train station to Tateyama station and from there will start the journey of the Alpine route without using a car.
Regarding accumulation, can you recommend on the best options for 2 or 3 days? We will need to take a flight to Kyushu Island after 3 days. We could not find any available hotels in Tateyama for Sep 2019.
Is it best to stay only in Toyama then where it is easy to find accommodation? Or maybe stay 2 nights in Omachi-shi. Or maybe first night in Omachi-shi, second night in Toyama and then go to the airport in Kanazawa?
Any other suggestions? Thank you
by Orna (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Alpine route: car and luggage 2019/1/4 05:27
We could not find any available hotels in Tateyama for Sep 2019.
You are likely too early looking for accommodation. I dont know exactly when booking normally starts but more like 6 months before or less.

by LikeBike rate this post as useful

Re: Alpine route: car and luggage 2019/1/5 03:30
Thank you.

I will appreciate more feedback for my other questions?

Orna
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Re: Alpine route: car and luggage 2019/1/5 08:22
If you start the Alpine Route in the morning, you can traverse it in a single day unless you plan to make a major hike somewhere along the way. So, in that case, I would stay one night around Toyama and the next around Matsumoto.

Staying along the route can be very attractive, but maybe the hotel rooms are not on sale yet. You could start the day in Kanazawa, then travel to your accommodation along the route, overnight, and then continue the next day to Matsumoto or even Mount Fuji or Tokyo. It depends on how much and waht you want to see between Matsumoto and Tokyo.
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