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Dam Tour - Golden Week 2018

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I decided to go to Okutone Dam group with my son during the second half of Golden Week 2018. And the decision was made just before Golden Week.

The nice lodges were almost fully booked, but there was a cheap lodge in Naeba and I had 4000 docomo d-points that I had to use right away, so I was able to use them to make a reservation at an even lower price.

Surge tank at Saku Power Plant

After entering Gunma Prefecture and exiting the Komayose smart IC, we quickly visited the surge tanks at the Saku Power Plant in Shibukawa. It is said to be a cherry blossom viewing spot, and there were many cherry trees planted on both sides of the hydraulic pipes and around the surge tank. It must have been very beautiful if we had come during the cherry blossom season.

Makabe Dam

The next dam we visited was Makabe Dam. Located near the surge tank mentioned earlier, this dam serves as a regulating reservoir for the Saku Power Plant. The photo is a view of the spillway. The height of the embankment is not so high (26.1 m), but the length of the embankment top is 535.6 m, so walking from one end to the other is a good exercise.

Omata Dam

After visiting Makabe Dam, we traveled from the Akagi IC to the Tsukiyono IC of the Kan-Etsu Expressway to Ainomata Dam to gain travel time. I stopped at the Akagi Kogen SA to have breakfast, but it was too crowded, so I had breakfast at the Lawson near the Omata Dam. It had been 13 years since my last visit.

Akasan Adjustment Pond

There were so many falling rocks that I wondered what would happen if there was a landslide, but more than that, I was disappointed that I could hardly see the embankment due to overgrowth of grass and trees.

At this point, I needed to use the restroom and wondered what I was going to do in such a mountainous environment, but I was saved by the fact that there was a climber's restroom just around the corner. Instead of toilet paper, there was a box of tissues, which was also a great help, although I was a bit nervous that there were only two tissues in the box.

Komori Dam

This is also the first Komori Dam in a long time. Last time I visited, I did not know that I could go to the left bank and visited from the right bank, but I am glad that I could see it from the left bank. Incidentally, it was raining on and off at that time, but there was a glimpse of sunshine, so I took this photo in between the showers.

Fujiwara Dam

It was completely cloudy at Fujiwara Dam.

I think the peep hole for the hollow jet valve tour that I had heard about is a really good idea. I would like to see you make holes in various dams that would allow SLR cameras to fit through them (laughs).

After this, we came across a monkey, which made my son happy. I think it is a good thing for children to encounter various animals when touring the dam. But be careful, because there are dangerous animals such as bears as well as monkeys.

Also, when I went to the control center to get a dam card and returned to my car, someone saw a set of Maniaparel's "I'm touring the dam" stickers on the rear window of my car and said, "I didn't know you had such stickers! May I take a picture of it? (laugh). This kind of encounter is also possible only when touring dams.

Suda Gai Dam

Next is the Sudagai Dam, which I visited 13 years ago and also visited the TEPCO Pavilion attached to it, but TEPCO has closed most of these exhibition facilities, probably due to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident that started after the Great East Japan Earthquake. The TEPCO pavilion at the Sudagai Dam was also closed. The dam still has few points of interest to visit, but it was good to see that the water was discharged.

Yagisawa Dam

Next up was the Yagisawa Dam, and on Instagram I said, "Aren't you guys coming?" on Instagram because the week after this day was the day of the annual inspection and discharge. As expected, it was difficult to come here on a normal Saturday or Sunday, so we came during the Golden Week holidays.

It started raining in earnest from the Yagisawa Dam.

Naramata Dam

We visited the Yagisawa Dam with umbrellas (the children put on rain gappas), and when we arrived at the Naramata Dam, it continued to rain, so we decided to have lunch first anyway. So, we decided to have lunch first.dam curryThe following is a list of the most common problems with the

The rain did not stop after lunch, and I was taking pictures with an umbrella, but the rain and the intense cold made my motivation drop to zero. It was even sleet-like. Incidentally, it was raining when I came here 13 years ago. It is hard to come from so far away and have it rain, even if it is unavoidable because it is in the mountains.

Mikuni River Dam

Leaving Minakami Town, we will move through the Kanetsu Tunnel to the Mikunigawa Dam. To our surprise, it was sunny here! Moreover, snow-melting water was being discharged, and we were eager to regain the tension we had felt at the Naramata Dam. Minamiuonuma is a rice-producing area, and the rice paddies are spreading.

Hegi-Soba for dinner

This was the end of our tour of the dam on the first day. Since the plan was to stay at the inn without dinner, we decided to eat somewhere in advance, but my son specified a famous family restaurant. We were heading south on Route 17 toward Naeba, where our inn was located, when we saw a sign that read "Hegi-Soba" and immediately decided to have it for dinner, assuming that it must be famous, although we did not understand it.

According to wikipedia, the term "hegisoba" means

Hegi-Soba is a type of cut buckwheat noodle made with seaweed called funori as a binder and served in a bowl called a hegi, which originated in the Uonuma region of Niigata Prefecture.

It is said to be characterized by its firmness and smoothness. As I prefer hard noodles for ramen and al dente for pasta, "Hegi-Soba" was very tasty.

Night view of Yamba Dam

After having hegisoba for dinner, we arrived at the inn in Naeba and checked in early to see the night view of the Yamba Dam under construction. It was cold, but it was worth the visit.

However, it is an hour and a half away from the inn and another hour and a half back might not be understood by the average person. But still, it is worth coming to see this. Because this is the only time you can see this under construction.

Incidentally, the inn's baths were open until 10:00 p.m. ... we went to bed without taking a bath that day.

The inn "Lodge HillThis is what the "room" looks like.

Reservations were made via dmarket. The total room charge was 7,776 yen (including consumption tax and service charge) for one adult and one elementary school student with no meals.

Breakfast at the inn

Since this is a no meal plan, no meal is included, but breakfast is available as an option if you pay 1,100 yen at check-in. I heard that there is no breakfast for children, so my son had to share mine.

Sarugakyo Onsen Nitaya Ryokan

I didn't get to take a bath at night.

When I tweeted this, Mr. Miyajima, a dam enthusiast, said

and we were introduced to the Sarugakyo Onsen's "Nitaya RyokanI had the opportunity to stop by and visit with Mr.

The hot water was really nice. One-day bathing is 600 yen for adults, and you can enter from 8:00 a.m., which is great. If you show your Aimata Dam dam card, you can get a discount, and during the spring test discharge, a special plan is available.

Tour of Yamba Dam "Plat Yamba

The Yamba Dam is currently under construction to rave reviews. There are a variety of tours available, but the "Plat Yamba" plan is one that allows visitors to take a quick tour without reservations. There were two morning tours, one at 10:00 a.m. and the other at 11:00 a.m. Since it was Golden Week, there were more participants than I had expected.

As the comments on Instagram indicate, the construction work involves assembling the audit corridor on site after it has been made at the factory in advance, so it is not a fancy move like transporting concrete by crane and pouring it, but it is still a wonderful initiative to be able to tour the construction site so casually. I think it is a wonderful initiative to be able to visit the construction site so casually. I believe that this is due to the trend of the de-damming of the dam, which was greatly disrupted by the previous administration, but it would be a waste of time to devote a page to that explanation, so I will skip it. Anyway, I would like to see it again and again if I could.

Yamba Dam Curry

After the tour of Platt Yamba, we went to Roadside Station Yamba Furusato Kan. The objective here was dam curry. There was also a sweet version, so my son was happy with it. The crowd at the roadside station was amazing. Who is it? Who said that building a dam would make people disappear?

Yanba Lookout at noon

At night, there were no people at all at Yanbamihodai, and the occasional monkey noises would startle me, but during the daytime, it was completely different. But during the daytime, the place was packed with people, people, people.

Nakanojo Dam

I have always wanted to see the Yamba Dam, but I wanted to see other dams as well, so I came here to see the Nakanojo Dam. I had seen the dam many times in pictures, but I was surprised to see more people than I expected.

Shima River Dam

Next is the Shima River Dam, located upstream from Nakanojo Dam. There were many people here as well. The beautiful cobalt blue color of the dam lake is named "Shima Blue," and many tourists seemed to come to see it. There were also many young female groups and couples.

In such a situation, an old man who is a dam enthusiast is taking pictures of buildings such as the selective intake facility at the top end, which ordinary people cannot understand, and I can't help but feel oddly surprised.

Shinagi Dam

Next was the Shinaki Dam, which I had wanted to see once. However, I was surprised to find that the narrow sections of Prefectural Road No. 55 and National Road No. 292 that we passed on our way from Shimangawa Dam were so tight and winding that they did not feel like the "Japan Romantic Road" at all. Compared to the Yamba, Nakanojo, and Shimangawa dams, the Shinaki Dam is a quiet dam with few visitors.

The Shinagi Dam is unique in Japan in that its purpose is to neutralize highly acidic rivers, so please visit the dam.

Otsu Dam

The final dam is the Otsu Dam of the Tokyo Electric Power Company, located upstream of the Yamba Dam. It is a truly old-fashioned dam with a rolling gate and a stone embankment. I think it was the best dam to conclude this trip.

It has been a while since I have been on a long-distance dam tour, but I would like to go back.

As a complete aside, the main part of this trip was in Gunma Prefecture, so I enjoyed playing m.o.v.e. music most of the time. Driving along the mountain passes of Gunma with this as background music, I felt like the son of a tofu shop owner in his two-tone car.

This article was written by.
Shin Jinma

Dam enthusiast who loves Momosuke Fukuzawa / Dampedia and Dam News administrator / Certified Dammeister (01-018) by the Japan Dam Foundation / Started selling discharge caution goods.https://shop.dampedia.com

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