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.
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