TATEYAMA, Toyama Prefecture--Exit options are limited at the "snow corridor" that cuts across the Tateyama mountain range in the Northern Japan Alps: This year, the walls tower at an amazing 17 meters.
Those who arrived at the "Yuki no Otani" (Great gorge of snow) at Murodo, the highest point of the route at 2,450 meters, could be forgiven for feeling hemmed in on April 16.
The snow walls are carved out each season and cover an approximately 1-kilometer section.
The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route that connects Toyama and Nagano prefectures stretches for 85.9 kilometers through stunning mountain scenery.
The walk event was planned to be held on April 15 to coincide with the opening of the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route but was canceled due to bad weather.
Last year, about 929,000 people visited the snow vista, up roughly 7,000 from 2016, according to Tateyama Kurobe Kanko, operator of the route.
Officials noted that a record 263,000 or so foreign nationals visited last year, a sharp increase of 21,000 from 2016.
The operator is hoping to attract over 1 million visitors this year.