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Enclosed in the splendid nature of the magnificent Northern Alps, Kurobe Dam can boast of being one of the greatest dams in the world. You can look upon the entire colossal dam from the viewing platform and watch the rainbows that sometimes appear above the powerful outflows of water. In fall, the surrounding mountains change from green to red and yellow, their peaks capped with snow. This beautiful color gradient is called the "Three Steps of Autumn."
Ashikuraji, Tateyama-cho, Nakaniikawa, Toyama
April 16 to November 30 (2015) Water Release Sightseeing Times - June 26 to July 31, 6:00 to 17:30 - August 1 to September 10, 6:30 to 17:00 - September 11 to October 15, 7:00 to 16:30 *Water releases are sometimes cancelled due to weather and other factors.
December 1 to April 9
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The Kurobe Dam is in the Tateyama Mountain Range, which is famous for its hiking and trekking courses. The best time to see the colors of the fall leaves is from early to late October.
The Alpico Express Bus from JR Nagano Station to Ogizawa Station takes about 105 minutes. From there, it is about 16 minutes after transferring to the Kanden Tunnel Trolleybus.
Exit at the Azumino IC on the Nagano Expressway, from where it is about 70 minutes to Ogizawa Station along Prefectural Roads 306 and 45. After that, it is about 16 minutes on the Kanden Tunnel Trolleybus.
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