One of the snowiest places on Earth opened up her alpine route to tourists today with walls of snow up to 65-feet tall. The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route in Japan is about 5 hours from Tokyo and this uniquely beautiful alpine zone attracts up to 1 million visitors per year.
There is some fantastic backcountry skiing terrain in this zone including 9,981-foot Mt. Tateyama. Now that the road is open, the skiers and riders will come.
Tourists crowded the route yesterday to see the impressive 65-foot snow walls and revel in the alpine of Tateyama.
The snowiest part of the route is 1000-feet long and the park allows visitors to walk this section to take photos and be blown away by all the snow. The entire route is 37km long and you can completely traverse the mountain via roads, tunnels, and gondolas when everything is open.
Japan’s isle of Honshu had a record snow year this winter with insane amounts of snow falling in December, January, February, and March. SnowBrains spent 10 weeks in Japan this year and it was a helluva ski year – check it out below: