We did another quick one nighter on board the Diamond Princess before touching the land again at Toyama, Chubu Region. Toyama is one of two entry points to the famous Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (立山黒部アルペンルート) . In Toyama there are two more attractions – the UNESCO world heritage site Shirakawa-go village and the Kurobe Gorge valley train and up till this point, this region holds the most promise when it comes to further exploration.
We did hit a problem as the cruise ship is docked at Fushiki which is quite a distance away from Toyama City centre. And from Toyama to the base of the mountain took us around 2.5 hours on the local train to Toyama one way, exiting the trans-regional JR station and then to the local station that is just outside. The local train ride is pretty picturesque so it took out some boredom along the way. Once we reached Tateyama station, it was a ride on the tram system and then transfer to a bus service all the way to top of the mountain. Yes it took some time where we missed the bus back to the boat but the taxi service at the train station got us back to the ship in one piece. My advice: Stay up on the mountain for at least a night. The view is gorgeous!
Our next stop: Busan, Korea!