TATEYAMA, Japan (NBC/NTV) - Japan experienced heavy snowfalls this winter, creating an impressive scene of man versus nature.
At the famous Tateyama Mountain route in the center of the country, the snow is piled 60 feet high. The route opened to traffic for the first time this year.
The Tateyama road threads its way through Japan's Northern Alps mountain range. At its highest point, it reaches more than 8,000 feet in altitude.
A strong wind doesn't stop tourists from enjoying the view, however. The reporter says the snow walls are 3 feet taller than last year.
Workers have been clearing the snow since the beginning of the year, and some tourist are surprised at the sight. They say they've seen it on TV, but this is different.
Tourists can continue to enjoy walking tours of Tateyama's snow canyon through June.
Logan, Darke, Preble, Greene and Wayne County, Indiana are under level one snow emergencies. Butler County is under a level two snow emergency.
Snowfall reports vary across the Miami Valley as the storm continues to produce heavy snow, making it hard for drivers to see in some cases.
People's daily routines were definitely impacted by the wintry blast Friday.
The first wave of the storm brought hazardous conditions to the Greenville area in Darke County.