Kurobe Dam is situated at an altitude of 1,500 m with 186 m high and is the tallest dam in Japan.    

The lake behind the dam holds 200 million cubic meters of water. It seemed huge.

Kurobe Dam was one of my dream destinations to visit in Summer. Thanks to Toyama Shinkansen, a bullet train to Toyama, we could easily visit there.

In the sudden economic boom following WWⅡ, Kansai area faced a severe energy shortage. To generate additional electricity the government invested in hydroelectric power. 10 million people worked on the dam during the 7-year construction period.

We saw impressive plumes of high pressure water being discharged from the dam. 10 tons of water shoot out every second.

Kurobe Dam

Kurobe Dam

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Kurobe Dam

Kurobe Lake

Kurobe Lake

Kanden Electnic Power Company’s staff gathered logs to prevent  them flowing into the Kurobe Dam’s intake. The Kurobe River Forth Power Plant is located 10 km downstream. The difference of altitude is 545 m and this enables the production of electric power.

Kurobe Dam

Kurobe Dam

Curving embarkment of Kurobe Dam

Curving embarkment of Kurobe Dam

It was a little bit scary to see the water from the top of the embankment due to its curve.

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Draining Water

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Center of Kurobe Dam

Huge concrete bucket was hung over the valley and poured cement into the Dam.

Concrete bucket

Concrete bucket

Concrete bucket

Concrete bucket

Huge base for a Large Cable Crane

Huge base for a Large Cable Crane

There were exhibitions of Kurobe Dam construction and monuments of wheel tracks of Dump Trucks and footprints of workers.

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Caterpillar trace as a monument