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  • I love everybody from the Takayama Could obey Alpine route.

  • This is this snow walk and the weather is really it's going in and out between clouds.

  • It's completely all like a white out with clouds and thio Absolutely clear blue skies Right now it's sort of in between.

  • We've got blue skies, but the walls here are really what's famous.

  • I've seen this on TV in brochures all over Tokyo, and this is the first time for me to make the trip because I just happen to be in the area and, uh, this is once again the Takayama could obey Alpine route.

  • I'm in Toyama Prefecture, which is Gosh, I don't know about get her by Shinkansen from Tokyo.

  • It's about two and 1/2 hours on the way to Kanazawa, and then you gotta take a train and a cable car and bus, and you eventually get here where there are 15 meter high walls or more.

  • I'm not really sure, but views absolutely beautiful here, highest point of snow wall.

  • So wait have to walk another 400 meters to get to the highest point.

  • What is overwhelming to me?

  • It's not the snow walls I've seen a lot of snow before.

  • I mean, if you traveled to Canada or to Switzerland or Thio, you know, Northern countries, you got to see stuff like this.

  • It's not super special, but for a lot of people in Asia especially, you know, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, They don't see stuff like this.

  • So most of the tourists are coming from Asia.

  • I saw some Westerners here is Well, guy from Italy I was talking to on the bus.

  • Um, this is the second time that Japan and he just wanted to come here and check it out.

  • I mean, from Italy, you probably have stuff like this in the in the northern part of Italy.

  • But to him, Japan is just having to be here.

  • Depends a special place.

  • This route just opened.

  • It's open between the middle of April until about I'd say June ish when it all melts away.

  • But yeah, most of tourists from Asia.

  • So if we walk another 300 meters will get to the highest point of the wall.

  • Well, I wonder how that happened.

  • Way Push the button to live.

  • Stream was completely white, like I couldn't see the blue sky at all.

  • Now it's the clouds parted and we have beautiful weather In 30 seconds.

  • You can absolutely.

  • It could change again.

  • Where were engulfed in clouds.

  • And it's a mysterious look where you can only see about four meters in front of you.

  • I had this image in my mind only gruesome graffiti, snow graffiti.

  • You see that?

  • Happy Easter, everybody.

  • Well, the day after Easter for their celebrating in the United States around the world, Lots of graffiti.

  • I don't like that too much Daisy and Frankie not cool.

  • Daisy and Frankie.

  • So people are writing graffiti on the walls and then taking pictures of it.

  • Definitely not from Japan, but wow, is it?

  • Turned out to be a beautiful day.

  • Half of the road belongs to the vehicles, the cars and buses and the other half to people.

  • Just walking, Which makes it.

  • It's a really nice tourist attraction.

  • All right, so we're getting closer and closer to the highest point of the wall.

  • On the way there.

  • Photo points.

  • They put signs up where you can take pictures.

  • Yeah, So it's four degrees self here.

  • The war.

  • Here's 19.

  • And the elevation 300.

  • Yeah, the way.

  • People.

  • 10 people okay called the cyclical video.

  • Don't you see?

  • She's a maid?

  • She's in a video.

  • My kid, it is that's interesting.

  • Today they have equipment for mountain climbing.

  • And they went up to the summit of one of the peaks here, and I asked him if they were a lot of other people.

  • There is, Yeah, there were 10 10 people.

  • You come down here.

  • It's a complete K.

  • It's complete chaos, but they're dressed.

  • They're dressed for the part of mountain climbing and again, like from the city of toy Yama.

  • Remember?

  • I came in with I'm hitchhiking now Japan, from Kagoshima to Hokkaido.

  • And when I guy pick me up brought me through, um, the highway into the city.

  • You could just It was just stunning because you could see that the city of toy Yama and above it, these beautiful snow capped mountains.

  • Guess it would be similar to something like Vancouver or just about every Canadian city.

  • Maybe, except for Toronto.

  • Here's another photo point.

  • It says that the AMA and you know, the highest point 19 meters.

  • So this is the highest point.

  • Let's see if I can Yeah, they said.

  • It's equivalent to a five story building.

  • There's only one way to find out.

  • Taken elevator, right?

  • But there just doesn't happen to be one.

  • I'm in everybody's pictures.

  • Wow, that's really beautiful.

  • It's good.

  • The other side.

  • I love how blue the sky is in your elevation with No So we've walked about half a kilometre.

  • Let's go to the end here to take a look, see what it looks like.

  • I'm going back towards the the walk.

  • You know, when I came in by bus, came in by bus about 30 minutes and it was completely white out and you could see all the people standing here lined up.

  • And they're all taking pictures of the bus driving by because the bus is just absolutely dwarfed.

  • Here we go.

  • Here comes the bus.

  • The bus was just absolutely mortified.

  • Let's see because another bus 19 meter high wall vs bus wall winds that's live room was taking my picture wasn't me.

  • They're taken.

  • They're taking the bus going by because of the contrast between a very large structure.

  • The bus on these massive 19 meter walls again the height of these air five stories are about 19 meters according to the information.

  • Wow, Look at that.

  • And what's more, more impressive The fact that I have four g signal up here toe broadcast this.

  • I don't know if the signals if the video is clear not but the fact that Japan has a signal it all allowing me to broadcast this live is incredible again.

  • This is toy Yama Prefecture.

  • This is the Yama could obey alpine path which is open between the middle of April until about the end of June when the snow melts.

  • It just opened up about a week ago and you can see here everyone's trying to take a picture.

  • Let's see if I can selfie stick this up to the top and, uh, clear the rope.

  • Wait for you.

  • Okay.

  • So we can't go any further.

  • This rope holding me back.

  • I really want to find my e.

  • I really want Good question.

  • Can you yodel here giving radio trucks that are coming?

  • You're a lot louder, but you know, a little shy.

  • All right, let's let's walk back into it and see if you get it.

  • It's a nice views of Alpine route from elevation here.

  • Yeah, thanks.

  • Everybody for joining me on this.

  • I'm really happy have you all with me on this mini adventure off of the hitch hiking trail.

  • The train right here from toy Yama Yama Station to Takayama was was stunning.

  • The last 30% of it.

  • Photographer.

  • Beautiful.

  • I'm so glad that the clouds parted again.

  • When?

  • When I started this about 45 minutes ago.

  • It was totally white.

  • You couldn't see more than a couple of meters in front of you that blew away and the blue skies came out on.

  • Um, I've been very, very fortunate.

  • So I'm just gonna walk for a couple of minutes back towards the station.

  • That understanding?

  • Yeah, that the body.

  • I'm not gonna wait in line for a selfie with a sign saying It's the highest wall he gets rated in photo shop.

  • I guess it's not the same.

  • People love to take selfies.

  • It's crazy.

  • I hear some information.

  • There's some information in English for you.

  • So let's see here.

  • I don't know.

  • Question.

  • Why does not the snow wall collapse?

  • The height of the snow wall as of ordinary year is about 16 meters.

  • This is equivalent to the height of the building five stories high.

  • The density of the snow is approximately 500 kilograms per cubic meter.

  • Wow!

  • And the snow nearest the surface of the earth is hardened by the weight of eight tons, so there's no need to worry for collapse.

  • Yeah, sure.

  • Also, the snow melts on Lee from its surface.

  • Therefore, the quarter of snow widens each day as we hear the footsteps of summer.

  • Nice poetic ending to that.

  • The footsteps of summer Good.

  • Oh, this is good information.

  • I didn't know this stuff, but tiny areas globally.

  • Prominent area for heavy snow Otani area so called Yuki No Otani We, which means big valley of snow, is one of the heaviest snowing areas within Mount Tateyama.

  • Cut the Emma snow and blizzard is far strong, then stronger than what the what mankind could imagine as an ordinary snow.

  • And the mixture of the new falling snow in the fallen snow stirred up by the wind creates the spot with a deep snow.

  • Not the best English, but, uh, I get the point and it's in Chinese and Korean as well for everybody.

  • I should probably put it in Thai and Indonesian because I think there's more tourists from those countries too.

  • But those people, almost everybody can speak a little bit of English.

  • Okay.

  • Welcome to touch me on a bus.

  • He's a fresh off the boat for the first time.

  • We've been here for 20 minutes, huh?

  • So what?

  • I will bit a little bit further with you and then we'll end the feed.

  • But what an experience this is.

  • I love how they add information.

  • Those joining us late, I'm in the top.

  • Oyama could obey Alpine pass in Toyama Prefecture, which is on the other side of the Japanese Alps from Tokyo.