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

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Work to clear snow is progressing, but much of it remains around buildings such as the Tateyama Kogen Hotel and Tengudaira Mountain Lodge, foreground, as seen from a Mainichi Shimbun helicopter in the town of Tateyama, Toyama Prefecture, on March 19, 2023. Mount Bessan in the background-left and other areas are also seen covered in snow. (Mainichi/Tadashi Kako)

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