Japan’s Largest Arch Dam Is a Popular Place for Photographers

It's a great place to practice your panoramic shots.

Kurobe Dam
Ashikura-ji, Tateyama, Nakaniikawa District, Toyama Prefecture
Contact: +81-261'22'0804

One of the largest arch dams in Japan is located in the middle of the Northern Alps, just around the border of the Toyama and Nagano prefectures. Called Kurobe Dam, it's 492 meters long and 186 meters high. The construction took seven years and a total of more than 10 million people to complete. Finished in 1963, it's now remembered as the biggest construction of the century. No wonder a lot of people take lots of photos here for Instagram!

If you walk across the "suspension bridge of the Kanpa valley," which is close to the pier of the pleasure boat Garube, you'll find a walking trail through the primeval beech forests. It's a family-friendly trail, where you'll find lots of great photo spots that will give you an amazing view of the dam, a giant stub, sump water, and alpine plants. The best season for the trail is from the early summer to autumn, when you can enjoy a refreshing forest bath.


Taking pictures of the food is just as popular as taking photos of the landscape in the area. There are a variety of unique dishes at the restaurants in Kurobe Dam, which you should take photos of before you start eating. The Kurobe Dam Curry is a famous local gourmet that mirrors the environment surrounding the dam. Ougisawa Rest House, Kurobe Dam Rest House, and Kuroyon Royal Hotel all offer three different versions of the popular Kurobe Dam Curry.


For dessert, the Phantasmal Buried Gold Ice Cream is your best bet. It's a soft serve ice cream that's fully covered in a gold leaf. Like the curry dish that takes inspiration from its surroundings, this dessert is based on a local legend.


Aside from the view and the food, you can find more Instagrammable spots at the different observation decks and pleasure boats. Wherever you are in Kurobe Dam, your family and friends will surely double-tap your photos.

Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Tokyo Walker™ (14 November 2017)

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