Kurobe Dam

Please activate Javascript.

Domo arigato.
  • Kurobe Dam, Toyama Prefecture

Show map

Show gallery

This post can contain affiliate links, which means that we may receive a small commission if you make a purchase using these links.

Facts & Figures

Kurobe Dam is with a height of 186 meters the tallest and with a width of 492 meters the largest arch dam in Japan. This engineering masterpiece is a popular tourist destination along the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route with 1 Mio. visitors/year. On a daily basis from late June till mid October is it possible to see the discharge of water in a huge blast with over 10 tons per second. Japan Rail Pass Buy now and Save >
Since 2004 I have traveled nearly every year to Japan. The rail pass made my life easier to discover all those amazing places in my favorite country.
The capacity of the water reservoir, created by the Kurobe dam, is around 200 million cubic meters. The dam can produce nearly 1 billion kilowatt hours per year.

History

The construction of the Kurobe Dam started in 1956. 10 Mio. people were involved during the 7 years construction phase in the mountains of Toyama. 171 people lost their lives till the project was finished in 1963. The owner of the hydropower plant is Kansai Electric Power Company.

Location

Map of Japan

Kurobe Dam is located in Toyama Prefecture along the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route.

How to get to Kurobe Dam?

  • 90min from JR Shinano-Omachi Station to Kurobe Dam by bus or
  • 210min from Dentetsu Toyama Station to Kurobe Dam (last bit by ropeway)

Sightseeing spots

top:

Observation deck - located at the east side of the dam, offers a great view over the area and the water spectacle

Kurobe Lake - explore this artificial lake by boat (30min) from June till beginning of November

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route - one of the most popular mountain sightseeing routes for tourists to enjoy the panorama

Kurobe Gorge - beautiful gorge and easily accessible by Kurobe Gorge Railway

Festival & Events (dates can change without notice)

June - October

Discharge of water
The water will be released several times a day accompanied by many onlookers.

Where to stay near Kurobe Dam?

Book your Japan trip and have a great time!

My 100 Best Moments in Japan

Yokohama Street Scene

I have visited Japan nearly every year since 2004. This is my collection of the 100 best moments in my favorite country. Enjoy the pictures and I hope you will start your own journey soon.
Find out more >

Books about Japan

My recommended books about Japan

Reading books is a great source of inspiration for me. Check out my recommended list of books about the fascinating country Japan.
My Book recommendations >