AOMORI -- A "snow corridor" with walls up to 7 to 8 meters high was created on a road here after the last of the heavy winter snow was removed on March 28.
The Hakkoda-Towada Gold Line, which is closed in the winter, is about eight kilometers long and runs between the cities of Aomori and Towada. Two private companies hired by the prefectural government spent about a month to remove the snow from the road.
Depending on the temperature, some 20 to 30 centimeters of snow will melt each day. The temperature on March 28 was over 10 degrees Celsius, which is normally the same as mid-May. A member of the snow removing team advised tourists to come early to enjoy the attraction before the snow melts. The line opens to the public on April 1.