Everyone recognizes this set very well from Game of Thrones ice wall that protects the people from the Wildings, Giants and White Walkers. But did you know that the actual wall is not made of ice, but is rather made of cement? It is a cement work that is no more used which overlooks the Irish Sea in Iceland.
So, Japan decided to create their own ice wall in Tateyama Kurobe. It is a manmade icy route that allows tourists to get the best views of the ice wall during winter. They call it the ‘Roof of Japan’ and halfway through the route, you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the Snow Wall.
Welcome to Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Prepare yourself to be taken aback by the beauty of the drive you will have here. This route spans 90 km (55 miles) long and is a spot you can reach from a few hours drive from Tokyo. There are several ways to reach here and the easiest one would be to join a tour.
The wall reaches a staggering height of 19 m. This picture below shows just how incredible the Snow Walls are!
It’s worth to note that the route is never the same all the time because it heavily depends on the temperature and snow fall rate. Not to mention that you don’t always get the chance to enter this place because it is close during heavy snowfalls, a common occurrence and will only serve you this glorious view during wintertime!
The bus will stop midway like you can see in the pictures to let you marvel on the great view of this place. Tourists can walk their way up and ride the bus down while enjoying the view.
The temperature easily drops below freezing point, so make sure to wrap yourself in something warm! Sunglasses are also a must because the snow glare is pretty intense.
This route was made possible by employing snowplow trucks designed specifically for this place. The dedicated trucks would throw the snow to the side, creating a dense, high wall around the route.
The weather and snowstorm also make some incredible dynamic to the nature that also gives you a different view every time you visit this place. This makes nature the greatest ice sculptor of all time.
So, what do people think about the Alpine Route in Japan that features 19 m high wall?