The Kurobe Dam is the tallest dam in Japan. The road on top of the dam is open to visitors and offers a truly impressive experience. One can also climb hundreds of stair steps to the observation deck which offer a great view of the dam and the Tate mountain range.
Mount Tate is one of the three sacred mountains of Japan. One should wake up really early to climb this mountain in one day since the steps to go up are : 1) underground bus climbing from Ogizawa station to Kurobe Dam station, 2) an underground Funicular going from the dam (Kurobeko station) to the Kurobedaira station, 3) A cablecar going from Kurobedaira to Daikanbo and then 4) an underground bus crossing inside the mountain and reaching Murodo station on the other side, therefore allow plenty of time for the commute! The climb of Mount Tate from the Murodo station takes approximately 2 hours and many huts are available for overnight stay near the mountain. A shinto shrine is located on the summit of mount Tate which makes it a site of “Pilgrimage” for many climbers who take some time for a prayer on the summit before continuing to their next destination.