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Tateyama Bessan Loop (Toyama)

Tateyama Bessan Hike Winter Snow

The Tatayama 3015m to Bessan 2880m loop is an intermediate hike around the Tateyama plateau. The hike is possible once the Kurobe Alpine Route opens.

Because of the easy access the first part of the hike is incredibly busy during summer so I recomend going early or during the week.

In spring (until June) winter gear like crampons and axe is needed.

⏲︎	Time: 6-7hKanji: 立山Location: NaganoDistance: 10kmDifficulty: IntermediateElevation Gain: 1000mDayhikeHiking Season: Mid April to


From Toyama side at Tateyama station or Nagano side at Shinano Omachi only by public transportation through the Kurobe Alpine Route.

Reserve your tickets online beforehand. The early morning slots are often sold out and you might have to wait a while or not be able to board at all if it's really busy.

Trail description

Start from Murodo (室堂) and make your way up to Mt. Onanji (大汝山). Depending on your stamina and the snow level it should take about 2h to the peak.

Then follow the ridgeline until Bessan which is another 2h. Continue on the ridge until

Tsurugisawakoya and descent back to Murodo.

The descent back down is steep and depending on the snow levels there might be no tracks and avalanche danger. If you go early in the season make sure you know what you're doing. (Snowstorms until May are not uncommon and I would not recommend this route before June, unless you have winter mountaineering experience)

Even in June this hike had plenty of snow still and you'll need the axe and crampons to walk it safely.

Tateyama ridgeline


Multiple hut along this route to turn it into an overnight hike or to see the sunrise. The huts around Murodo also have Onsen and I highly recommend taking a bath before you take the Kurobe Alpine Route back.

I stopped by Renpo for 700Y on the way back to Murodo.

Popular huts

Raichozawa Hutte (9800Y incl. 2 meals)

Tsurugigozengoya (12500Y incl. 2 meals/ +1500Y in April, May, June)

As always reservation required. Some huts around Tateyama and Murodo also require a deposit that needs to paid via bank transfer.

Map & Elevation Profile



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