Hidden Scenic "Kurobe Route" To Be Open to Public

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Tokyo, Oct. 17 (Jiji Press)--Kansai Electric Power Co. <9503> and the Toyama prefectural government have agreed to open to the public a route between Keyakidaira Station, the terminal station of the Kurobe Gorge Railway, and the famed Kurobe Dam, as early as fiscal 2024, they said Wednesday.

The 18-kilometer Kurobe route, which connects the station in the city of Kurobe with the dam in the town of Tateyama, in the central Japan prefecture is now used by Kansai Electric to transport construction materials.

"To open (the route) to the public is a long-cherished dream," Toyama Governor Takakazu Ishii said. "I hope to promote the brand of the Tateyama-Kurobe region."

The Kurobe route was established in 1963 after difficult construction work by the electricity supplier to develop the Kurobe River as a power source.

The route includes a tunnel featured in Japanese author Akira Yoshimura's nonfiction work "Konetsu Zuido" (High-temperature Tunnel) and the Kurobegawa No. 4 Power Plant. Visitors take a slim-gauge train, an incline railcar and a trolley bus to get to the dam.

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