Japan, like most countries, has its cable cars. As Japan is a country full of mountains, there are thousands of cable cars scattered throughout the country. With them it is possible to get around and reach unique and beautiful places. In this article we will see some curiosities about the cable cars in Japan, and get to know most of them.
In Japan, cable cars are called sakudō (索道) which can be literally translated as “Rope Path” and covers any type of air transport by cable. Colloquially, the Japanese call the cable cars an elevator (rifuto - リフト) and also a cable car (kēburukā - ケーブルカー).
The best ski lifts in Japan
Japan has more than 170 cable cars, of which approximately 40 are seasonal and used in ski. To travel on most ski lifts in Japan you will pay approximately 1800 to 2200 yen. See some of Japan's best ski lifts.
Ropeway is a cable car in English, we will leave it like this to facilitate internet searches for those interested.
Zao Ropeway - This ice adventure cable car attracts tourists from all over the world to see the beauty of the rime and ice crystals. This cable car is divided into 2, traveling 1.8 km up to 806 meters in height, lasting 14 minutes.
Komagatake Ropeway - This beautiful cable car passes through the Nagano Alps at a height of up to 950m, even crossing the clouds. The cable car supports 61 people per cabin, and runs 2.3 km with a duration of 7 minutes and 30 seconds.
Shinhotaka Ropeway - The Shinhotaka cable car climbs Japan's third largest mountain, Mount Hotaka, also known as "The leader of the Northern Alps". The cable car has a 2-story cabin, and is a set of 2 cable cars. The first one travels 573m up to 188m in height, taking 41 people for 5 minutes. The second cabin travels 2.6 km up to 848m in height, lasting seven minutes and supporting 121 people.
Notable cable cars in Japan
Tateyama Ropeway - Located in Tateyama, this beautiful chairlift travels through nature in the mountainous regions of Tateyama, Toyama and Omachi. The cable car travels 1.7 km and reaches up to 488 meters in height, with a capacity of up to 80 people.
Tanigawadake Ropeway - This cable car passes one of the most dangerous mountains in the world. This beautiful mountain has already killed more than 781 explorers. This cable car travels 2.3 km at a height of up to 573 meters in height, lasting 10 minutes.
Daisetsuzan Sounkyo Ropeway Kurodake - Mount Kuro located in downtown Hokkaido is a huge adventure of ice and fire, where the heat and steam attracts many tourists. In addition to the cable car that runs 1.6 km and reaches up to 629 in height, this hill is famous for its thermal baths and snow adventures.
There are thousands of cable cars to get to know in Japan. Finally, let's leave a video made by our friend Santana showing the pirates' cable car located in the city of Chino in Nagano.