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Kurobe Dam

Nakaniikawa-gun


With a total capacity of approximately 2 hundred million tons, this is truly the king of all dams in Japan!

A torrent of falling water just like Niagara Falls. "Kurobe Dam", Japan's largest dam and indeed one of the largest in the world, is a well-known tourist spot of Toyama. Kurobeko Station and Kurobe Dam Station are located at each end of the dam, and visitors can enjoy the 15-minute walk across the dam. This massive man-made structure interwoven with the natural beauty of the Northern Alps provides an overwhelming landscape. If you're lucky, you might see a double rainbow on a sunny day. The spectacular sight of the water discharge can be enjoyed from June 26 to October 15, so be sure to visit the dam during this period.

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A huge project that took over 7 years!

As well as the enormity of its scale, the story behind the creation of the Kurobe Dam is also interesting. It took approximately 7 years to build. In fact, the first task in constructing the dam was to transport materials and tools to the secluded region by helicopter. Over 10 million workers were involved in dam construction over the seven years and the total construction cost at the time was 51.3 billion yen! The landscape is even more moving if you think about the sweat shed by the workers involved.

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This is where you’ll want to go to get the best view of the Kurobe Dam.

Kurobe Dam is picturesque from any angle, and can be viewed from a variety of spots. The new viewing plaza provides a great close-up view. This location provides a direct view of the water discharge; be careful you don't get sprayed! The dam observatory located at an altitude of 1,508m is the best way to enjoy a panoramic view. Taking in the views while walking across the top of the dam is also popular. There is also a unique "Photo Dam" service which allows you to have your picture taken against the background of the dam by a remotely-operated camera installed on a hill. This service is available from the dam and the new viewing plaza, and you can also get the photo sent to your mobile phone. Don’t miss out on such a spectacular snap!

  • Kurobe Dam's photo
  • Kurobe Dam's photo

For reference

  • Address
    Tateyama-machi, Nakaniikawa-gun, Toyama-ken
  • Telephone
    0261−22−0804 (Kuroyon Reservation Center)
  • Open
    Water Discharge Period (Tourist Attraction): June 26 to October 15, 2015 (may be cancelled depending on weather conditions)
  • Price - Admission
    Free
  • Photo Dam Service
    500 yen to 1,500 yen
  • Website

Access

Toyama Kitokito Airport is a 1 hour flight from Haneda Airport.
Toyama Kitokito Airport is a 1 hour, 30 minute flight from New Chitose Airport.
Take the bus from Toyama Kitokito Airport to the JR Toyama Station (approx. 25 min).
The Dentetsu-Toyama Station is a 3 minute walk from the JR Toyama station.
Take the train from the Dentetsu-Toyama Station to the Tateyama Station (approx. 1 hour).
From Tateyama Station, take the cable car, transfer to the Kogen Bus, then to the trolleybus, followed by the ropeway, and then to the cable car to reach the Kurobeko Station.
The dam is a 5 minute walk from the station.

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