Kurobe Dam, Tateyama-machi

Experience one of the most remarkable views of serene nature in the Northern Alps at Kurobe Dam. Listed as Japan's largest arch dam with a height of 186 m (610 ft), the graceful structure represents a daring engineering feat that claimed the lives of 171 people. Head out to the observation deck and hear the roar of gushing water as it creates a cloud of spray. Take a ride on an excursion boat to explore Lake Kurobe and observe the alpine plants, beech trees, and cold springs. The dam brings more than a million tourists each year between late June and mid-October, so plan your trip accordingly. Also, carry warm clothing, since the dam lies surrounded by 3,000 m (9,800 ft) tall mountains. Take a look at our Tateyama-machi trip itinerary maker to schedule your visit to Kurobe Dam and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • It is a big dam is I want to see. Access from Toyama and Nagano, but only if the dam is from Nagano.
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  • Kurobe Dam for the first time. Ōgisawa station arrived around 4:00 and then to ride the trolley, headed out to the dam. Trolley-buses last 5:00 35 departure was for very short stay. From ¥ 2,570, ride time is 16 minutes. I hope there jacket piece since the moment I got off the bus, pretty cool. Where was compelling and dam is exactly with water cannons. Also, visitors can enjoy strolling around in the field, to me walking around dumb.
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  • Touching, inspiring, thank's best dam Showa 30's at the construction site is made up in harsh conditions in Japanese! A touching, inspiring, thanks! I watched numerous dams from location, scale and degree of difficulty is best!
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  • There was a snow storm when I was there. But the dam still gorgeous. It's huge. The weather was so dramatic but so good.
  • Dam built in the 1960's to alleviate electricity demands after the world war. It took 7 years to build the dam due to rough terrain and weather condition. The dam has a very nice view from above. You can see the discharge water from the hydro power plant.
  • Huge dam. Fresh air. Rainbow Fantastic view. Walking 1km
  • Impressive structure. There is some hiking to do. We approached from the east via cable car parking up.
  • Beautiful place, this was after yesterday's snowstorm. Take note that there's no regular water discharge from the dam during winter.

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Where to stay in Tateyama-machi

Most visitors staying in Tateyama-machi opt for accommodations near the alpine route and Mount Tate, although a few options--mostly three-star hotels--lie in the small town, near the train station. A couple of mid-range and upscale hotels dot the foothills and slopes of the mountain, boasting onsite spas and hot spring bathhouses, as well as scenic alpine views. Alternatively, you can choose to stay in the nearby, larger city of Toyama, and make a day trip to Tateyama-machi.
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