Think you got a lot of snow this winter? The snow banks on Japan’s Tateyama-Kurobe alpine route will give you vertigo.
If you’ve ever lived in any snowy environ, you know that snow accumulates. If you have a driveway, you know these piles of snow won’t just allow your car to pass through. That becomes your job, and it’s not always a pleasant one. To those of you who’ve complained, just one look at Japan’s Tateyama-Kurobe alpine route will make you glad all you have to grouse about is a driveway.
Traversing through Japan’s Northern Alps, Tateyama-Kurobe’s towering white walls of snow stand at over 60 feet and cut across one the world’s snowiest regions. Boasting an average snowfall of roughly 23 feet, with some places reaching upwards of 60 feet of snow, the area provides ample powder to prop up its snowy passage.
The alpine route forges a scenic route between a few spectacularly scenic spaces in Toyama and Shinano Omachi that offer panoramic views from the so-called “roof of Japan”. The 56-mile passage is plowed through and built up each spring, and has been since 1971, inviting tourists, hikers, and sight seeings to take a walk – or ride – on the frosty side.
How do they clear all of that snow, you ask? Watch this video…love the transition from the 80s music to the hardcore snow-blowing.