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- Miyagase Dam has two different areas to visit. The top area along route 64 has a visitor center and views of the dam/lake from the top. You can also walk the many walking trails in that area. This is also the area where they have the Christmas tree lights.
On the bottom section of the damn which you get to off of route 412, you can walk up to the base of the damn itself and actually take an elevator to the top of the dam. There is also a cable tram car that you can ride up the side of the mountain from the top to the bottom of the dam. The views from the dam are awesome. There is also a little "train" that you can take from the base of the dam back to the visitor center if you don't want to walk back.Written December 7, 2015This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Hōnen'ike Dam is a multiple-arch dam in the Sanuki Mountain range at Kan'onji, Kagawa Prefecture, Japan. The reservoir it creates is used for irrigation. Construction began in 1926 and was completed in 1930.The dam is 32 m high and has a crest length of 158 m. It is supported by six arched buttresses. Some renovation work has been needed to control leakage; special care has been taken due to its status as a cultural asset.
The dam has been designated an Important Cultural Property by the Japanese Ministry of CultureWritten May 2, 2016This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Over the space of a few days, I managed to extract the maximum value from a JR Central Alpine-Takayama-Matsumoto Area 5-Day Pass by making two separate visits to the Kurobe Dam; each from opposing directions.
The first visit (from Toyama) was memorable for the sheer variety of transport; the Toyama Chiho Railway Alpine Route, Tateyama Cable Car, Tateyama Highland Bus, Tateyama Tunnel Trolley Bus, Tateyama Ropeway & Kurobe Cable Car. Each mode of transport unique and entertaining in its' own right, and having set-off from Toyama before 08:00am on a day that started overcast with a light drizzle, it was only fitting that my first glimpse of Kurobe Lake and Dam (some 3 1/2 hours later) was in the exhilarating descent from the zero visibility of Daikanbo on the Tateyama Ropeway into the beautiful sunshine that bathed Kurobe Dam. Limiting myself to only an hour at the Dam, I headed back on the long trek to Toyama. With the improved visiblity, I was able to spend more time at each of the interchanges (e.g.: Kurobedaira, Daikanbo & Murodo), viewing and photographing the sights/scenery.
2-days later I revisited Kurobe Dam; this time from the Shinano-Omachi side. The Dam can be reached from Matsumoto in a little over 2-hrs using JR Oito Line, Local Bus & Kanden Tunnel Electric Bus. Arriving from Ogizawa by Electric Bus, you are faced with a choice; walking in a general downward direction to the tunnel entrance at top-of-dam-level (est. 5-mins), or ascending up some steps to the Dam Observation Deck (est. 7-mins). I would recommend the latter as it gives by far the best vantage point to view the dam itself and the ability to then descend the external stairs back to top-of-dam-level and the Rainbow Terrace below that. The shorter journey to the dam from the Shinano-Omachi side is less interesting that the journey from Toyama but enabled more time to be spent at the dam itself as well as the opportunity to revisit the Tateyama Ropeway up to Daikanbo (the highlight of my visit 2-days before). Despite spending 2-hrs at the Kurobe Dam, I wished in hindsight that I had spent longer and explored the Kurobe Lake further. Maybe next time!Written June 28, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- We had lunch at Springs Hiyoshi and then drove our motorbikes around the dam. Beautiful, peaceful setting accessed by a suspension road bridge.Written April 18, 2017
- Excellent for a Sunday walk in Spring or Autumn, beautiful for cherry blossom viewing in season, excellent for watching fireflies in summer. Don't really want to tell you about this one, but it's really a good place for "shinrin yoku" forest bathing. Love it. Be careful when driving of the one way system round the dam (we drove the wrong way the first time - ha!).Written July 23, 2018
- Friends took us up a winding mountain road to enjoy viewing this unique stair-stepped waterfall. The underlying structure gives the falling water a frothy look and an intriguing sound. There is no charge to visit the park and the dam site.Written April 23, 2017
- Didn't get to visit Kurobe Dam while in Omachi for 2 days, but visited Omachi Dam - gorgeous views, easily accessible by car and not crowded.Written November 3, 2017