Travel Scenes Series No 17 – Toyama, Tateyama Kurobe Area Furusato stamps from Japan

April 16th, 2013

This issue by Japanese post is the 17th in the series "Travel Scenes". Stamps from this series feature scenery and landscapes representing Japan. The 17th collection of stamps is dedicated to Toyama prefecture, Tateyama Kurobe and its surrounding landscape.

The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is a famous mountain sightseeing route between Tateyama, Toyama and Omachi, Nagano, Japan. The route opened on June 1, 1971.

The route is just 37 km in length, but the vertical interval is as large as 1,975m. It uses 7 different public transports with 5 different modes, namely funicular, bus, trolleybus, aerial tramway, and walking.

The route is carefully built so that the surrounding environment is not damaged. Consequently, three lines go entirely under tunnels. (This is also to protect the lines from snow.) Among them, two are trolleybus lines.

The route goes through Tateyama in the Hida Mountains with a lot of scenic sites, including Kurobe dam. Some stations have hotels around them and are used as bases for mountain climbing or trekking.

The stamps from the sheet and its background depict beautiful landscapes of the Tateyama Kurobe as well as the representative of local flora and fauna tourists can meet on their way.

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