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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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]
[…] These French pictures remind me of the otherworldly 17-meter-deep snow corridor on Japan’s Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. […]
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???!!!
Like always …. Freaky Japan