An Alpine Hotel in a Wide-open Natural Area

Hotel Tateyama and Murodo Terminal

At an altitude of 2,450 meters, Hotel Tateyama occupies a place that is higher than any other hotel in Japan. When the hotel is closed from December to early April, the snow nearly reaches the top of the five-floor building. The unique nature of the location calls for a wide range of technical equipment, such as a basement to store an eight-month supply of heavy oil for heating. In an emergency, the building can also be used as an evacuation shelter. The clear-cut shape, seemingly carved into the natural setting by force of will, exemplifies the tense relationship that existed between national land development and nature conservation at the time the hotel was built in 1972, in the midst of Japan’s rapid economic growth.

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  • Hotel Tateyama and Murodo Terminal

    Tateyama, Toyama Prefecture

    Masachika Murata 

    1972

    http://h-tateyama.alpen-route.co.jp/english/ 

    Courtesy of TATEYAMA KUROBE KANKO CO., LTD.

  • Hotel Tateyama and Murodo Terminal

    Tateyama, Toyama Prefecture

    Masachika Murata 

    1972

    http://h-tateyama.alpen-route.co.jp/english/ 

    Courtesy of TATEYAMA KUROBE KANKO CO., LTD.