The Yomiuri Shimbun Work to remove snow is being swiftly carried out along the 1.3-kilometer line of the Tateyama Cable Car between Tatayama and Bijodaira stations, the entrance to the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route on the Toyama Prefecture side. Removal will likely continue until about March 8, and the cable car’s service will likely resume on April 10. A section of the Alpine Route between Tateyama Station and Ogizawa bus stop in Omachi, Nagano Prefecture, is scheduled to be fully opened on April 15.
Snow removal work was shown to the press on Feb. 24. At 8 a.m. on that day, the temperature around Tateyama Station was 0 C, and the accumulated snow measured about 1.5 meters. Ten workers breathed out steam as they tossed blocks of snow into plastic trenches with shovels. [Released on Feb. 25, 2017]