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Kurobe Dam

Kurobe Dam

The famous Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route stretches 37.2 kilometers across the Central Japan Alps with changes in elevation amount to a massive 1,975 meters. There are many interesting places to see, different modes of transportation to ride and food to eat in the region. Seeing it all in one go can be difficult but this page will give you an overview of one of those amazing sights, the Kurobe Dam. It is the tallest arch dam, at 186m, in Japan and is definitely something you don’t want to miss while in the area. It isn’t just the beauty but this dam also has a sad but interesting history. Learn more about this spectacular natural beauty below!

Where is the Kurobe Dam

About the Dam

How to Get There

25 Things to Do Around the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route

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WHERE IS THE KUROBE DAM


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As one of the main stops in the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, it is hard to miss it if you’re traveling from one end to the other. It is closest to the Nagano side and Ogizawa Station, although you can traverse the route from Toyama as well to reach the Kurobe Dam. It is also unique as a transportation link due to the need to physically walk across the dam so you can reach the next step on the route.

ABOUT THE DAM


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Kurobe Dam is the tallest arch dam (186m) in Japan and a popular destination along the famous Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. The structure is a symbol of pride for many Japanese, having required the labor of an estimated 10 million people to construct, at the cost of 171 lives, between 1956 and 1963.

Vehicles originally installed to transport materials required for construction of the dam, including the electric trolley bus originating at Ogizawa (it was replaced by electric bus in 2019), are now used to transfer visitors to this otherwise inaccessible landscape, making each journey symbolically historic.

Kurobe Dam is highly visited by people all over the world right after the winter season end of April. Why? Japan`s most iconic sights – the immense Snow Walls of the Tateyama-Kurobe rising up to above 20 meters.  This tour will bring you from Nagano station to the stunning snow corridors and back.

The scale and dramatic impact of the Kurobe Dam now attracts tourists through the summer season (late June to mid-October). Between early June to mid-November, visitors can take a sightseeing boat – the ‘Garbe’ – across Kurobe Lake, said to be the highest altitude boat trip in Japan.

HOW TO GET THERE


Coming from the Nagano side of the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine route, it is the first stop after departing from Ogizawa Station. There is a bus that runs from that station directly to the Kurobe Dam. It takes about 16 minutes and costs 1,800 yen one way and 3,200 yen round trip. The first bus is usually from 7:30am but there are times in the year when there are buses from 6:30. It runs every 30 minutes with the last bus to the Kurobe Dam being at 17:00. The last bus where you can get on at Ogizawa Station and end at Tateyama Station is the bus leaving from 15:00. In the other direction, from Kurobe Dam to Ogizawa Station, the first bus is usually at 8:05am and runs every 30 minutes until the last bus at 17:35. You don’t have to spend too much time here so soak in the stunning scenery and get prepared to go further along the route and see even more spectacular natural beauty!

TOP 25 TOURS IN & AROUND THE TATEYAMA-KUROBE ALPINE ROUTE


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One of the most rewarding experiences in Japan, the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route utilizes a series of transports to ascend Japan’s highest mountain range. Crossing from Nagano to Tateyama, the route connects multiple destinations and opens-up an otherwise remote and dramatic landscape. Our ’25 Things To Do Around The Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route & Where To Stay’ page explains just how it works, what’s on offer and where to stay.

BOOK WITH US! NAGANO’S NO.1 TOUR & CHARTER OPERATOR


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Central Japan offers many, many reasons to visit. Operating all year round, we are Nagano’s No.1-rated tour and charter operator, offering a range of services including group tours, private tours and charters. We can arrange transport including a private vehicle and driver, to transport you to, from and between any regional destination.

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Our drivers and vehicles are fully certified, allowing us to transport you to and from your preferred destinations in combination with any activity that suits your schedule. All vehicles are fitted with a protective screen – separating the driver from passenger and luggage area – and our drivers wear protective masks, allowing you to move between your destinations in comfort and safety.

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We can arrange both private tours with an English-speaking guide or a private charter, including a private vehicle and driver but without a guide. We’d love to be part of your adventure in Central Japan and help you discover even more!

Why choose us?

Awarded a 2022 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for our 1-Day Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple & Sake Tour – recognised as one of the Top 10 Experiences in Japan – we have the local knowledge and experience to help you get the most out of your time in Nagano and Central Japan.

Got a question about visiting Toyama and Central Japan? Contact us and let’s get planning together!

INFO

http://www.kurobe-dam.com/ (Japanese)

Mid-April to the end of November

Free (however transportation fee to the dam is required)

Approx. 4 hours from Snow Monkey Park

From JR Nagano Station, take the direct bus to Ogizawa (gateway of Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route). There are usually 5 buses per day, operating from Bus Stop 25 outside the station's East Exit. From Ogizawa take the electric trolley bus, approximately 10 to 15 minutes to the Kurobe Dam.

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INFO

http://www.kurobe-dam.com/ (Japanese)

Mid-April to the end of November

Free (however transportation fee to the dam is required)

Approx. 4 hours from Snow Monkey Park

From JR Nagano Station, take the direct bus to Ogizawa (gateway of Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route). There are usually 5 buses per day, operating from Bus Stop 25 outside the station's East Exit. From Ogizawa take the electric trolley bus, approximately 10 to 15 minutes to the Kurobe Dam.

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