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SNowplows only start in the spring at mt. Tateyama
Mt. Tateyama is one of the three sacred mountains in Japan,over 9,892 feet high with the unofficial title as one of the snowiest places on earth.
The pictures above are not altered, in fact this is a normal rite of spring in Japan-clearing over 56 feet of snow off of the roads.The photos show the winding roads in the Japanese Alps, where this type of white stuff is a common site.After the snow plows are finished the wall of snow towers over 60 feet.
The ALpine ROute that only runs from April-November
The route above is known as Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, and it's stunning and only open from April to November. The route goes across what is known as "the roof of Japan". People are encouraged to travel the twisting canyon road by bus, and trolley or rope car. It is a huge tourist attraction for many. In some places the canyon even has a walking area with a rope keeping the foot path separate from the driving area.
Japanese snowplowing experts
In the winter monsoon, as it is often referred to here the icy air from Siberian fronts hits Japan, dropping clouds of snowdrops all over the area. It's like the lake effect snow we get in New England. It's an amazing site, and for most a little known fact that Japan gets more snow than Maine!
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