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Snow walls open in Tateyama

Jiji Press

Tourists at the snow walls, located at the highest point of the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Toyama Prefecture, on Monday

Jiji PressTATEYAMA, Toyama (Jiji Press) — Huge snow walls up to 17 meters high attracted many tourists on Monday with the reopening of the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route connecting Toyama and Nagano prefectures.

The mountain route reopened on Sunday, after a closure of some five months during the winter, but bad weather prevented visitors from reaching Murodo, the site of the “yuki no otani” snow walls, located at the highest point of the route, at an altitude of 2,450 meters, on that day.

“The walls differ every year,” Itsuo Naito, 75, from the village of Kawakami in Nagano, said on Monday. “They are beautiful this year,” he said.

The landscape “looks as if it does not belong in Japan,” said Naito, who comes to see the snow walls on the tourist route on opening day every year. “The view is beautiful no matter how many times I see it.”Speech

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