Kurobe Dam, Tateyama-machi

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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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  • Over the space of a few days, I managed to extract the maximum value from a JR Central Alpine-Takayama-Matsumoto Area 5-Day Pass by making two separate visits to the Kurobe Dam; each from opposing...  more »
  • the scenic view was honestly gorgeous to say the very least. we visited in early october so we were there just when the leaves were starting to turn brown and orange, making the view even more...  more »
  • It is HUGE and very impressive. Part of the Alpine Rout. Quite touristic spot, but nevertheless very impressive.  more »
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  • Very beautiful. You need to spend time here about 1hr if you want to appreciate it. The highest point to have a beautiful view require high climb. Prepare yourself well. Beautiful.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Japan's highest hydro dam is quite a journey from Nagano but is well worth it as it's the entry to the Alpine way. Spectacular rainbow from the discharge point with a beautiful walk along the lake. Nice autumn colours in late October.
  • Pass thru this dam on our way to hotel tateyama to see the ice Walls. Very cool. But can be scary especially if you are afraid of heights. Also the walk up is quite long hundreds of steps thru the stairs.

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