Popular tourist spot Kurobe Dam begins releasing water


One of Toyama Prefecture’s main annual tourist attractions began operations on Friday as Kurobe Dam started releasing water, which will continue each day until Oct 15.

The hydroelectric arch dam, located in Tateyama in the Northern Alps, is Japan’s highest at 186 meters. In order to drain the dam, water is released at a rate of 10-15 tons per second.

The daily event draws tourists who flock to the observatory area to witness the scene against the backdrop of the alps, although this year, numbers are expected to be much lower due to the coronavirus.

Kansai Electric Power Co operates the dam, which has a total reservoir capacity of 200 million tons, and drains water out of the structure each year during the rainy and typhoon seasons to maintain the landscape of the Kurobe River. Water has been released every summer since 1961.

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And this is exciting because....?

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Great place to enjoy the nature. Take a boat trip. Go up the rope way to the top of the mountain. Great for painting and photography or bird watching. Generates green power for Kansai.

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While I am sure nature surrounding it is delightful and it would no doubt be great fun to sail on the reservoir, the dam its self is not the most attractive object. Some are spectacular and quite attractive; probably the photograph but this one is to be honest, ugly.

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I would assume that by releasing this water, hydroelectric energy is generated because of this?

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The dam construction was a marvel of engineering feat. Many were killed in the construction. 1956-1963. It generates 1 billion kWh.

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Cool I guess

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The dam wall appears to be darkened from algae, mildew, or other . . . shouldn't it be cleaned?

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Englisc aspyrgend,

Yah, you are right! The picture of the 4th largest hydraulic dam in Japan is quite not in the pink. Thank you for pointing it out, because a native inhabitant like me are mostly nostalgic about it. As stated elsewhere, the strurcture built during the heydays of the economic progress got a string of wins, nowadays hard to come by, to look back on here. I was one of movie lovers and then-popular actors roughly drove the hillybilly highway for the dam construction. Perhaps oldtimers like me were taken aback in such awe of the power station yet producing an electricity of 1 billion kWh, a scant one tenth of a percent of the annual power generarion in Japan. Don't be, however, so hard on a crabby old bag of concrete which is numbered after all because of the incremental accumulation of mud.

The real reason why the dam was not kept in shape was simple. All the money needed to prevent its normal wear and tear was appropriated for exchanging astronomically expensive gifts and money-gifts. The culprit local city hall officials and Kansai Electric Power executives are still at large. My tears for Carlos Ghosn. Shame on the real wrongdoers, and shame on us, the people and consumers, who have not taken good care of the past glory. Thank you for calling a spade a spade, or telling it like it is. I've never realized untill you did.

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Imagine all the exhuast emissions from the tourists hahah and then why clean the mould off it for what purpose would that serve , imagine the waste from doing that.

Of course its ugly , it wasnt built in the 50 or 60 for its beauty it was built so the govt could keep the economy turning by giving jobs to workers and taking the tax and keeping people out of trouble and also a side effect was generating electricity.

Meanwhile .... great to see the relics of an industrial nation still working

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The Kurobe Valley prior to the dam construction was a flood plain in the spring with massive amounts of melting snow. The dam stops the flooding.

It was built by Kepco not the government

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What sort of power does it put out would have added to the article.

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