Fantastic Dam Water Discharge!
Beautiful arch dam
Fantastic Dam Water Discharge!
Beautiful arch dam
Kurobe Dam is Kansai Electric Power Company's hydropower dam named "Kurobe No. 4 Hydropower Plant" (nicknamed "Kuroyon"). This giant arch dam built across Kurobe Gorge has a beautiful form. For tourists, it discharges water at a rate of over 10 tons per second. It is one of the most popular spots along the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route.
Fifteen-minute walk from two stations.
Kurobe Dam is near two stations. In Toyama Prefecture, Kurobeko Station connected to Kurobedaira Station by the Kurobe Cable Car is shown on live TV monitors at Daikanbo and Murodo Stations. In Nagano Prefecture, there is an electric bus going from Ogisawa Station to Kurobe Dam Station where there are restaurants and shops.
Water discharged at over 10 tons/second, must see!
Kurobe Dam releasing water is a major tourist attraction. From late June to mid-October every year, the dam discharges water at over 10 to 15 tons per second. You can see this great fall of water from different viewpoints such as the Dam Lookout Deck and Rainbow Terrace.
Lakeside walk along the woods.
Beyond the Lake Kurobe sightseeing boat dock, there is a lakeside walking trail to Kanpa Gorge Tsuribashi Bridge. The trail is in a wooded area and largely flat, making it easy trail even for kids and families. Turn around in front of Lodge Kuroyon to head back. The round-trip walk takes about one hour.
Monument for the "Construction Project of the Century"
Kurobe Dam was called the "Construction Project of the Century." Construction started in 1956 and was completed in 1963. During this time, 171 dam construction workers died. The monument is inscribed with the names of the 171 workers. Even tourists come here to pray. The "Six Workers" sculpture is the work of sculptor Naoyuki Matsuda.
The cold spring water refreshes tired travelers.
Digging through Omachi Tunnel (now called the Kanden Tunnel) was a major hurdle during the construction of Kurobe Dam. Spring water spewed from the tunnel rocks. This water is fed to three outlets: Kurobe Dam Resthouse entrance, the underground stairway from Kurobe Dam Station to the Dam Lookout Deck, and the Dam Lookout Deck. You can drink the water.
Views of Kurobe Dam and Tateyama Mountains
The lookout deck is at the top of 220 steps up from Kurobe Dam Station. At an elevation of 1508 meters, see Kurobe Dam below and the Tateyama Mountains. Directly below the lookout deck is a glass-enclosed resting place where you can buy something to eat or drink and gaze at Kurobe Dam.
Kurobe Dam Food and Gifts
Right below Kurobe Dam is the Resthouse. The first floor has a gift shop and drink corner. The second floor has a restaurant, and the third floor has the Kuroyon Memorial Room explaining the history of Kurobe Dam. The restaurant serves Kurobe Dam Curry and Arch Dam Curry. For gifts, try Kurobe Dam cookies.
The misty shower from the dam's water discharge feels good.
From Dam Lookout Deck, go down the outdoor stairs to the end to reach the new Lookout Plaza. Rainbow Terrace is where you can see Kurobe Dam's water discharge up close. You will get a misty shower as the wind blows up the spewing water. The Special Venue explains the history of the Kurobe Dam construction and there is a movie set from the movie "Kurobe no Taiyo."
Photo with Kurobe Dam in the background!
Photto Dam is system that takes dramatic pictures of you at Kurobe Dam. Such pictures are hard to take with your own camera. You can have a photo taken at a dramatic angle and print it on A4-size paper. One A4 print costs ¥1,200, and a photo sticker sheet is ¥500. The Photto Dam system is installed at the Dam Entei Ugan (right bank) and the new Lookout Plaza.
Boat cruise on Japan's highest lake.
When the lake is at full capacity, the lake surface is at an elevation of 1448 meters, making Lake Kurobe Japan's highest lake. Garve is a sightseeing boat that takes 30 minutes to cruise around Lake Kurobe. Part of the boat's interior has a glass ceiling so you can see the grand scenery. The rear is a lookout deck. Have fun on the boat as you feel the lake wind.
Local curry that looks like Lake Kurobe and the dam.
The curry served to Kurobe Dam's construction workers at the bunkhouse was legendary. Based on this curry, the Kurobe Dam Curry has been served since 2009 at restaurants in Omachi. At Kurobe Dam Resthouse, the Kurobe Dam Curry has the rice shaped like a dam. And the roux with spinach puree is in the lake color.
Have famous soft serve while gazing at the dam.
Kurobe Dam Resthouse serves the famous soft serve. The chocolate sauce is designed after Kurobe Dam's mascot Damdam-kun. The bottom part has wafer cream sandwiches for a nice accent.
While having coffee, gaze at the dam.
The movie "Kurobe no Taiyo" depicted the difficult tunneling for the construction of the Kurobe Dam. The spring water that gushed forth at the time still spews out from the rock. Kurobe Dam Resthouse serves coffee using this spring water. Take-out coffee is also available. You can have coffee while watching the dam release loads of water.
Called the "Construction Project of the Century," Kurobe Dam claimed 171 construction workers' lives. Their names are inscribed on the monument, and there is the "Six Workers" sculpture.
At an elevation of 1508 meters, you can see the entire Kurobe Dam and Tateyama Mountains. Directly below is a glass-enclosed resting place.
The first floor has a gift shop and drink corner. The second floor has a restaurant serving Kurobe Dam Curry and Arch Dam Curry.
From the Dam Lookout Deck, walk to the end of the outdoor stairs. You can see Kurobe Dam spewing water up close. Experience the misty shower blown upward by the wind.