Otherworldly 17-Meter-Deep Snow Wall Walk in World’s Wildest Mountain Drives on Japan’s Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (Videos and Pictures)

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One of the world’s wildest mountain drives, Japan’s Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route has reopened to tourists for another season.

And the route’s biggest attraction is the unbelievable Snow Wall Walk – an otherworldly 17-meter-deep snow corridor – located along the pathway in Yuki no Otani (or Great Valley of Snow).

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Snow Wall Walk in Japan. Picture via CNN

Stretching across the Toyama and Nagano prefectures north of Tokyo, the 90-kilometer sightseeing route – dubbed the “Roof of Japan” – offers incredible views of the 3,015-meter Mt. Tateyama and 2,478-meter Mt. Akazawa-dake peaks, while providing access to everything from Japan’s highest altitude hot spring to the country’s highest waterfall.

But the route’s biggest attraction is the unbelievable Snow Wall Walk, located along the pathway in Yuki no Otani (or Great Valley of Snow).

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This snow corridor is situated along one of the world’s wildest mountain drives, Japan’s Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route that has just reopened to tourists for another season. via CNN

The corridor features walls of snow that tower as high as 17 meters over the road, the result of months of strenuous work by snowplow truck drivers.

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This corridor is the result of months of strenuous work by snowplow truck drivers. via CNN

The walk takes around 50 minutes and stays open until June 22, when the walls recede as the weather warms.

It’s expected the route will receive more than 5,000 visitors daily in April and May.

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The corridor features walls of snow that tower as high as 17 meters over the road. via CNN

Other highlights along the Snow Wall Walk include Panorama Road (which offers views of the Tateyama peaks), a snow hut, snow maze and a snow slide — each with different opening periods.

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Another amazing thing nature (and humans) can do hand in hand! via CNN

That must be amazing! I hope I will be able to visit this amazing snow corridor once! Do you actually know the Atlantic Highway in Norway… It seems it’s the most epic and beautiful drive around the world. [CNN]

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  1. PUBLIC SECURITY SECTION 9 AGENT TACHIKOMA SAYS; Depending on where the small warm island bubble that was blocking storms from entering California for 66% of last winter does not shift to the west. Then next winters snow pack may hit 20 to 22 meters as we have 3 to 4 more years of lower sun spots on the sun. So get your snow shoes and parkas ready, wow I wonder what plan the Russians are gonna use to deal with this just ask the French and Germans who went on vacation there many decades ago???!!!

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