Massive and impressive at the same time!
World’s most popular snow corridor – enjoy the ride!
The gigantic walls of snow along the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route are something you must experience for yourself. For many years it has been one of the most-visited tourist attractions. It’s almost hard to believe that removing tons and tons of snow can be even possible. But, everything seems possible in Japan.
Mt. Tateyama in the Japan Alps offers many scenic views for one to admire. The famous Alpine Route, also known as the “Roof of Japan” is the unique route through the Northern Japan Alps. This 90 km (56 mile) long route connects Toyama City in Toyama Prefecture with Omachi Town in Nagano Prefecture. Completed in 1971, it still continues to draw millions of tourists from around the globe. You can enjoy the panoramic view of the whole area by taking a train, highland bus, cable car or a ropeway.
The route itself is particularly known for the massive walls of packed snow that can be seen from April till November, when the route is opened. However, the best time to visit this place is at mid April until May, because after June the snow starts melting and the walls become shorter. They are formed using snowblowers and backhoes and sometimes reach up to 20 meters (65,6 ft) in height. There is also a pedestrian section where tourists make probably the most amazing photos ever.
Other highlights are Tateyama Ropeway and the 186 meter tall Kurobe Dam, but the majestic snow corridor of Murudo is arguably the most popular.
Enjoy the ride along the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route – Live
For those interested to see how this fantastic job of snow removal is done, take a look at the following video.