Kurobe Dam

Sightseeing information about Kurobe Dam in Japan.

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Kurobe Dame, surrounded by the majestic Northern Japanese Alps, boasts a height of 186m to be Japan's tallest arch dam. From early summer to autumn, the dam releases 10 cubic meters of water every second, forming a dynamic scenery among the peaks upwards of 3000m. The site is one of the major points on the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route, and you are more than likely to see a stunning rainbow on a clear day.

Take a deep breath to refresh yourself, while watching abundant nature that changes seasonally. There are a number of hiking trails leading to the higher areas of the Tateyama mountain range. It is highly recommended to take the cruise ship “Garve” to go around Lake Kurobe, or sample the local specialty, Kurobe Dam curried rice.

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4.0in the last week

The fastest autumn red site in Japan. The dam is an impressive structure and apparently an engineering feat. Best if done in combination with other activities on the mountain. The price to reach the top or cover the entire Kurobe alpine route is quite high but the place is always full with hikers/tourist groups. To escape the crowds, proceed to the top of Mt. Tate from Muroto station of Kurobe route. This place is chock-full of people during Spring and Autumn.

5.0a month ago

It is in the Kurobe alpine route or also known as the Japanese Alps. I visited the route on the last day of April and the weather was excellent.

It took us over 4 hours by train and bus to reach the Kurobe Dam from Nagoya. The bus ride from Ogizawa to the Dam was about 15 minutes through a 6-Km tunnel. It was windy and cold on to of the dam.

There is an observation deck that provides a scenic view of the area & the Dam but it involves quite a bit of climbing. There's a kiosk where you can purchase some snacks. You can also have your photo taken at the Dam by the professional.

It's definitely worth a visit. The Dam would look different at different time of the year. It gives you a good reason for re-visiting the place again and again (^.*) you can walk over the top of the dam. There is also a boat that offers a 30-minute cruise around the reservoir. In the Rest House, there is a small gift shop and a cafeteria.

5.04 months ago

Kurobe Dam was originally built after World War II to meet Japan's rapidly growing demand for energy and was an engineering feat at that time and today, it supplies hydroelectric energy to the Kansai Region in Japan. It is a popular tourist destination along the Alpine Route and rightly so, as it offers spectacular panoramic views of the Kurobe Lake and the surrounding mountains, with breathtaking scenery as you walk from one end of the dam to the other.

I would recommend climbing the observatory at the East end. While it is a rather steep climb, especially if you are carrying bags, it is definitely worthwhile as it is a bird's eye view of the whole area of the lake, dam, and surrounding forest and mountains. You can even drink the dam water from one of the many streams that they have around!

5.04 months ago

The Kurobe Dam, a part of the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine route, is the highlight of the route itself. I was phenomenally lucky as I was graced with amazing weather during the trip (evidenced in the photos attached). The area features the gorgeous azure Kurobe Lake and eye watering views of forest, mountain and sky. You can walk along the dam, which at 180 something meters (the tallest dam in Japan!) will make you feel weak in the knees as you look over the side. This structure is a marvel of human engineering in one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

3.0a month ago

The dam itself is impressive, especially in the season where they are out flowing water but to be honest its only good for a nice view. Small snack bar as well. It was the last stop on the Toyama-Kurobe alpine route and we spent most of our time queuing for the bus to take us to Ogizawa.

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