Kurobe Dam

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Kurobe Dam (Photo: Tak H. / CC BY-SA 2.0)

Kurobe Dam is Japan’s tallest dam at 186 meters high and 492 meters long. It’s located in Toyama Prefecture and supports a hydropower plant. Built between 1956 and 1963, the dam was a massive engineering feat at the time and cost 51.3 billion yen (142.5 million USD) to complete. Although many issues arose during construction, the dam now helps supply the Kansai region with electricity.

Notice

The 2020 dates for the water discharge period are:

June 26 to July 31 (6 am to 5:30 pm)
August 1 to September 10 (6:30 am to 5 pm)
September 11 to October 15 (7 am to 4:30 pm)

The discharge period may be canceled depending on the weather.

Overview

Address

6 Ashikuraji, Tateyama, Nakaniikawa District, Toyama 930-1406 (Directions)

Hours

8:00 - 17:00 Open Now

Opening Hours

Monday 8:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 8:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 8:00 - 17:00
Thursday 8:00 - 17:00
Friday 8:00 - 17:00
Saturday 8:00 - 17:00
Sunday 8:00 - 17:00
Holidays 8:00 - 17:00

Access

1.5 hours via buses from JR Shinano-Omachi Station. 

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