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Snow Walls along the Zao Echo Line

蔵王エコーライン | Zao Echo Line

Ten-meter-tall walls of snow line this scenic highway every spring

  • The twenty-six-kilometer Zao Echo Line connects Zao-machi in Miyagi with Kaminoyama in Yamagata. It offers refreshing views of the surrounding mountain landscapes any time of year, but is perhaps at its most memorable in spring. The area gets so much snow over winter that the highway is closed from early November to late April every year. Come spring, snowplows clear the road and it is reopened. The road may be clear, but towering white walls of snow on both sides of the road remain. In mid-April, before the Echo Line reopens to vehicular traffic, there is a special Snow Wall Walk event where buses from Zao-machi bring participants for a walk down the road between these ten-meter-tall snow banks.

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ADDRESS

Connects Zao-machi, Miyagi Prefecture to Kaminoyama-shi, Yamagata Prefecture

ACCESS BY PUBLIC TRANSIT

By bus from Shiroishi-Zao Station (Tohoku Shinkansen)

ADMISSION

Free

CLOSED DAYS

Early November–late April

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