High up in the Northern Japan Alps, just two and a half hours north of Tokyo by train, is the Tateyama Snow Corridor, deservedly dubbed the “Roof of Japan”. This spectacular road only opens for a portion of the year because it is dwarfed by incredible snow walls of up to 17 metres on either side! Although the Tateyama Kurobe Alpen Route is a functional road, there is a kilometre-long segment open to pedestrians. The walk takes about 50 minutes (plus some time for snapping your Instagram bait), or you can also elect to take the bus through. This is a true bucket-list experience!
Snowplough drivers spent three months clearing this infamous snow corridor at Murodo (2450m), part of the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route which winds its way through the Chubu Sangaku National Park and connects the northern Japanese towns of Orte Toyama and Omachi. The road only opens from April to November, closing completely in the winter months. The pedestrian section is open from April 15 until June 22, 2018.
Japan's snow wall walk
Want to live out your Game of Thrones fantasies? This is the Snow Wall Walk -- a corridor in Japan featuring walls of snow that tower as high as 17 meters over the road.Gepostet von CNN Travel am Donnerstag, 19. April 2018
Visitors at the Tateyama Snow Corridor will also enjoy breathtaking views of the Chubu Sangaku National Park, home to the country’s highest-altitude hot spring and waterfall. Further attractions in the area include a snow hut and a snow slide. While you’re in Murodo, you’ll also have the opportunity to stay at Japan’s highest-altitude hotel, Hotel Tateyama.
Japan’s ski resorts are known for their particular brand of champagne powder, which is an excellent reason in itself for making the trip to this Asian country. The gorgeous landscapes and unique culture will round out your visit. If you’re looking for more ideas on where to hit the slopes this summer, check out our article on the best ski resorts around the world >
Born and raised in the ski paradise of Vancouver, Canada, I learned to ski before I can remember, balancing precariously on my parents’ skis as they sailed down the hill. I started snowboarding in my teens and am now delighted to be exploring everything Europe’s ski scene has to offer!
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