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In Photos: Snow-banked alpine route getting cleared ahead of opening in central Japan

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The Hotel Tateyama and its surrounding area at the end of the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, still encompassed by thick snow, are seen in this photo taken from a Mainichi Shimbun helicopter in the town of Tateyama, Toyama Prefecture, on March 19, 2023. (Mainichi/Tadashi Kako)

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