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Alpine route ticket day fixed and guaranteed? 2019/5/6 07:07
Hello,

I'm going to Japan next week and plan to do the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route.
I see tickets for tourists at http://www.jrtateyama.com/e/ but they can be bought only in Japan so I am expecting to do that when landing at Narita, however two points are not clear:

- when buying the ticket do I have to choose then a specific date, or is it an open ticket to be used at any date?
- I see also tickets being sold at https://tateyama-kurobe.alpen-route.com/en/; availabilities to do the route seems low, so when buying the tourist ticket at Narita I am guaranteed to be able to ride all the transports on a given day? If not, should I buy a ticket in advance through second link or what can I do to increase my chances to be able to do the route?

I land at Narita on the 12th, and plan to do the Alpine Route on the 21st of May.

Thanks in advance for all your help and advices.
by Patrick M. (guest)  

Re: Alpine route ticket day fixed and guaranteed? 2019/5/7 12:01
Hi Patrick M.

I did the alpine route on 22 April.
I purchased my ticket (http://www.jrtateyama.com/e/) at Kyoto Station and was asked to specify a date. The ticket will be valid 5 days from the date you specify.

I too had the same concern with you about availability of seats on all transportation as i was going on the first Sunday the route is open.
Most people would start from Tateyama Station to the snow wall. My initial plan was the same but i read that waiting time for the cable car can be 2 hours, so i changed my plan and started from Nagano station. Didnt have to wait too long for the rides. At most 45 mins. I started my journey early.
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Re: Alpine route ticket day fixed and guaranteed? 2019/5/7 12:51
Thanks for this information. I was indeed planning to go from Toyama to Nagano. Do you think the reverse is less crowded?
I plan to be at Kyoto on the night after it, so it might have more sense to start from Nagano.
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Re: Alpine route ticket day fixed and guaranteed? 2019/5/7 19:02
I would think starting from Nagano will be less crowded than starting from Toyama/Tateyama station
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Re: Alpine route ticket day fixed and guaranteed? 2019/5/7 19:05
A lot of tour groups start from Tateyama Station. A few tour groups only from Ogizawa station, the first point after the bus ride from Nagano station
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