This story is continued from the part of ARIMA Dam. I rode on route 140 through route 299 to get to RAIDENTODOROKI Bridge ( so called loop bridge). Beyond the bridge I get to TAKIZAWA Dam. The entrance for FUTASE Dam. is CHICHIBU side than TAKIZAWA Dam and I seemed to overlook the entrance. The sign on route 140 does not say ‘FUTASE Dam’ but ‘CHICHIBU Lake’. I recommend you to be careful when you will go to the dam, but you usually will not overlook if you use car navigation system.
Arrival at FUTASE Dam
You can get to FUTASE Dam by a little ride from route 140 to pref. road 278. The rest park served as also an observatory is available. The parking is enough large but the equipment and shops around look old. The dam is completed in 1961, it is natural that they are old if they had been built at the same time.
The Beautiful Arch of FUTASE Dam
FUTASE Dam had been realized as a concrete arch dam when it had been completed. The arch is beautiful and the design is so different from that of URAYAMA Dam or TAKIZAWA Dam ( the both is a concrete gravity dam) . The parking is located in front of FUTASE Dam on the left side of pref. road 278 and you can reach MITSUMINE Shrine through the road on the dam.
Though the dam had been realized as an arch dam, recently it is realized as an arch-gravity dam. The design of the dam never changed but the classification is updated and variegated.
Pref. road 278 on the dam is served as a one way, alternative traffic by the signal timing. So the waiting time of the signal is longer than usual, but it is in order. Actually, the top of the dam is narrow and cars can not cross each other. The signal must be followed.
The photo above was taken from the right bank of the dam. The ski jumping slope shaped spill way is very characteristic. The main purpose of FUTASE Dam is flood control but at the same time power plant is operated. The power plant is built under the ski jumping slopes. You can find the zigzag fold in the photo. The pavement has been equipped there and you can see the dam from bird’s eye view.
The Beautiful Arch of FUTASE Dam
The photo above was taken from the observatory on the left bank of the reservoir. Pref. road 278 stretches on the arch shaped top of the dam. The landscape that edge of dam body seems to penetrate the rocky mountain is powerful and impressive. On the top of dam, more cars run than I imagined because there is the famous shrine, MITSUMINE Shrine through pref. road 278 to mountain side.
The gates of spill way are also arch shape and it is interesting. I would like to take more photos but it started to rain and the way to KAKKAKU Dam was left. I left FUTASE Dam for KAKKAKU Dam to complete 3 dams a day touring.
Someday, I was planning the solo touring for FUTASE Dam and KAKKAKU Dam. I found that I can visit ARIMA Dam if I rode metro road 53rd ( OME-CHICHIBU line ) from IKUSABATA, in front of OKUTAMA to CHICHIBU. I decided to take the way and started the 3 dams a day touring. Though I selected the way according to my taste, the way from OME on metro road 53rd is the shortest way.
I arrived at ARIMA Dam
There is ARIMA Dam near from halfway of metro road 53rd. You can get there without losing the way. The monument say ‘ARIMA Dam’ stands on the side of the road and can be found easily. The first, I took the photo. The reservoir of ARIMA Dam is named ‘NAGURI Lake’. Behind NC750S, though it is hidden by alpenroses, the monument says ‘NAGURI Lake’ stands.
ARIMA Dam is the first Dam Saitama Pref. Administrates
ARIMA Dam is completed in 1986 and is administrated by SAITAMA Pref. SAITAMA Pref. manages 2 dams, ARIMA Dam and KAKKAKU Dam in 2020. ( The web page of SAITAMA Pref., the sluice of GONGENDOU Balancing Pond is picked up. But the height of the sluice is lower than 15m, and I do not count it as a dam. ) The sign in the photo above says ‘State of SAI ( SAI means ‘colorfulness)’ and that emphasizes the fact the dam is managed by SAITAMA Pref.
ARIMA Dam is a Rock-filled Dam with the Central Impervious Zone
The photo above is taken from the body of ARIMA Dam from the top of the Dam. When the glass grows on the body of the dam, the body of the dam looks like just a hill or a mountain. The characteristics of ARIMA Dam is that the dam almost do not have mechanical equipment and water is released naturally from the spill way once the water level is over that. I am sorry that I forgot to take photo of the spill way and I have to do in the next chance. The way left is long and I returned to metro road 53rd. to CHICHIBU.
The Road Station FRUIT PARK ASHIGAKUBO is my routine rest place
There is the road park FRUIT PARK ASHIGAKUBO on the beside of route 299th near the merging point with metro road 53rd. The parking is spacious and the landscape with clear stream is my favorite. I remember that I took photos of swallows when I took rest there. They had complete their nest and work hard to care their children. The parent gathered the food and feed the children. It seemed it takes a little more time to grow the children to fly. The parents are always working hard for their children.
A lot of motorcycle was parked in the parking. NC750X, the brother of NC750S was parked. You can find that the design is alike each other and that of the rear is same. RGVΓ( probably ’96 type ) was parked and I think if the blue Lucky Strike paint was novel when I write this blog.
After this, I left for FUTASE Dam. To be continued.
This blog is continued from the blog about terrible cherry fish. The road beyond the terrible cherry fish was … terminated. I returned on the same way to route 140 and headed for TAKIZAWA Dam. CHICHIBU side of TAKIZAWA Dam on route 140, FUDOTAKIFUKINHIROBA ( the Park Around FUDOTAKI Fall ) is there. There, you can see the body of TAKIZAWA Dam clearly. I parked NC750S there and took some pictures around.
In this season, water may be released and the down flow of the dam is almost a white-water than a clear mountain torrent. The landscape you can see the dam body through RAIDENTODOROKIBASHI ( Bride on the Thundering Torrent, usually called the Loop Bridge ) is very characteristic. When I got near the body of the dam, I could find the water-release far. The pavement has been constructed around there but that was closed due to the effect of COVID-19.
I left the park for the body of TAKIZAWA Dam through the Loop Bridge. You can see the picturesque landscape on the bridge but parking on the bridge is prohibited and I could not take pictures. I recommend you to go there and experience the landscape.
The superb view from the body of TAKIZAWA Dam
The photo above is the superb view from the body of TAKIZAWA Dam. The height of TAKIZAWA Dam is a little lower than URAYAMA Dam introduced former. But the length of the dam top is wider and the dam has the almost same volume of reservoir. TAKIZAWA Dam and URAYAMA Dam have the almost same scale and are so-called ‘high dam’. The design looks alike probably because they were planed in the same 1970’s. ( But the completion of constructing TAKIZAWA Dam was later than that of URAYAMA Dam. ) The operation of TAKIZAWA Dam has been started in 2011.
The special of TAKIZAWA Dam is the dynamic landscape which constructs of artificial object including the Loop Bridge and nature. It is meaning full to see the Loop Bridge, because the Loop Bridge was constructed to provide the road to ascend the height of the dam.
The end of the solo-touring around the high dam in CHICHIBU
This day I went to solo-touring around URAYAMA Dam and TAKIZAWA Dam on route 140 to take pictures. It is pity it was a cloudy and rainy day. But the superb landscape of the both dam impressed me.
Next blog, I will present the picture taking touring around FUTASE Dam and KAKKAKU Dam that are near from route 140.
After visiting URAYAMA Dam, I rode for NAGURI district on the pref road 73rd to the upstream of clear river.
The upstream of the URAYAMA Dam is URAYAMA Riv.
The clear stream in the photo above is URAYAMA River. There is CHICHIBU SAKURA Lake, the reservoir of URAYAMA Dam in the downstream of the river. Along the river, google map says the pref road 73rd stretches to NAGURI but the road is terminated beyond URAYAMA Mountain River Fishing Center.
A kappa enjoys fishing
I found various kind of objects when I rode on the pref road 73rd along URAYAMA Riv. Beside of the stair to the river, a kappa is enjoying fishing. Do you know ‘kappa’, an imaginary life lives in the river. He is sitting on a stump of a tree and using a fishing rod in the photo above. What is his target in front of him. I got off NC750S and park on the side of the road and watch the object from the stair…
A frightening… cherry trout.
…Oh, what？ The impact of viewing first was so strong that I could not understand what it is. The characteristic stripes on back of the object remind me that she is a cherry trout. A cherry trout is called ‘山女魚（yamame）’ in Japanese. ‘山’ means ‘mountain’ and ‘女’ ‘a woman’, ‘魚’ ‘a fish’, respectively. The objects presents a kappa is fishing a cherry trout. When I took the photos it was closed season for fishery but in the season the site around there are famous as good points of torrent fishing. But I would not like to fish the cherry fish…
I rode back to Route 140 on pref road 73 and headed for TAKIZAWA Dam. To be continued.
Someday, I rode for solo-touring to URAYAMA Dam and TAKIZAWA Dam in CHICHIBU. I took TOKOTOZAWA Street to Route 299 and got to Route 140. There is the entrance of URAYAMA Dam after a little ride on the north side of Mt. BUKO on Route140. First, I rode according to the sign that says ‘The downstream park of the dam’ to find a good looking bridge…
The second highest in Japan
I saw the body of URAYAMA Dam in the upstream direction of the river. ‘Huge!’ was the first impression. To tell the truth I imagined a small dam because the word ‘URAYAMA’ means the mountain in back of a home. And it is also the reason that the dam is very near from town area of CHICHIBU ( about several kilometers long ) . The height of URAYAMA Dam is the second highest in Japan as a concrete gravity dam.
The sight from the body of the dam
The reservoir of URAYAMA Dam is named as ‘CHICHIBU SAKURA Lake’ (= CHICHIBU CHERRY Lake ). The reservoirs are named ‘NISHICHICHIBU MOMO Lake’ ( = Western CHICHIBU PLUM Lake’ ) for the reservoir of KAKKAKU DAM, ‘OKUCHICHIBU MOMIJI Lake’ ( = BACK CHICHIBU Maple Lake’for the reservoir of TAKIZAWA Dam respectively. They are built on the side of Route 140. On the side of Route 140, FUTASE DAM exists but the reservoir of the dam is named as ‘CHICHIBU Lake’ normaly. Probably FUTASE dam had been constructed in early 1950’s and the impression of the name of the reservoir was not so thought as important.
When a fine day, you can see Mt.HOTAKA and NIKKO mountains in the down stream direction from the body of the dam. But it was cloudy and they were hidden by foggy air.
Sculptures for touching are the special of URAYAMA Dam
The sculptures are the special of URAYAMA Dam according to myself impression. The one of the photo above is ‘KOI NO GOSHOUGURUMA’ ( = GOSHOGURUMA of Carp). In Japanese carp and a love are both pronounced ‘koi’. So this sculpture will make dreams of love come true, if you rotate the cylinder in the right side of the carp once, twice and third time whispering ‘please make my dream of love come true!’. But the red sign says ‘DO NOT TOUCH’ due to COVID-19. You can find other sculptures that make various dreams come true. I recommend you to visit the dam to make your dreams come true.
The design of URAYAMA Dam
The most important thing of dam is its practical use. But some ornaments the designer intentionally designed can be seen in a part. The arch shaped ornaments are the characteristic in URAYAMA Dam.
NC750S at URAYAMA Dam
I took photo of NC750S. After this, I rode on Pref Road 73 for NAGURI …, the road was terminated. I got back and I changed the destination to TAKIZAWA Dam and the dam touring series started!
The both side of the FRUIT LINE was full of young fruit
Someday, I rode for a solo touring from OKUTAMA to KOSHU and through the FRUIT LINE to CHICHIBU on the Route 140. It is said that the longest novel in Japan is ‘DAIBOSATSUTOGE’ and I found the sign says ‘DAIBOSATSUTOGE’ on the way from OKUTAMA to KOSHU. But I did not take the way and rode for the FRUIT LINE.
I took some photos in front of the fruit field beside the FRUIT LINE … I made a mistake of the setting of the camera. As the result, the photo is too bright. In this season, on the fruit fields beside the FRUIT LINE young grapes and peaches are growing.
The sight leafs and ivies of grapes grows into the sky remind me that it is early summer. A pleasure winding road continues from the FRUIT LINE to the Route 140. After riding the winding road, I found the dam body on my left hand side. I took a rest at the dam, HIROSE Dam. A multi purpose dam that YAMANASHI Pref. built and administrates.
The dam body of HIROSE Dam can be seen from the Route 140
HIROSE dam plays roles of the flood control, the irrigation, the waterworks and the power generation. The most important motivation of the dam is mainly the flood control. Down stream area of FUEFUKI Riv. is a basin and floods often killed people and damaged the area in the past. They started building the dam in 1970’s and completed in 1980’s. The dam was the first multi purpose dam at the time. Now KOTOKAWA Dam on the same FUEFUKI Riv. system is a multi purpose dam, too.
Mt. BUKO welcame me at CHICHIBU beyond KARISAKA Tunnel
There is the tall gate beyond HIROSE Dam. National route is usually free in Japan and I looked for the charge free route… but I could not found. The free route of the Route 140 is a mountain trail famous as ‘CHICHIBU OUKAN ( CHICHIBU in-outbound). Of course no cars and no motorcycles can pass the route. On the toll way of the Route 140, KARISAKA Tunnel lays. The length of the tunnel is 6652m and the longest ground tunnel among the national route in Japan. I paid 590 jpy. and rode through the long tunnel to a basin area, CHICHIBU.
I could see the great Mt. BUKO. The mountain had been famous as the symbol of CHICHIBU until the early Meiji era. in Japan. From the middle Meiji era., the limestone mining was started and has been continued. As the result, the sight of the mountain became artificial as seen in the photo above. In KOCHI Pref., there is Mt. TORIGATA that has been curved as well. But I felt something stronger from Mt. BUKO, probably because Mt. BUKO can be seen easily from town area of CHICHIBU. ( Mt.TORIGATA can not be seen from town area. ) The mined limestone has been used as the ingredient of the concrete of buildings in the capital area.
I went home, after taking a rest at the Road Station ASHIGAKUBO and through CHICHIBU-OME line.
Some day, I rode to the Road Station ASHIGAKUBO, CHICHIBU district for solo touring. The road station is beside of the route 299 and in the front of CHICHIBU city from SAITAMA city. Around there is the last mountainous area from the mountains in the western SAITAMA to the CHICHIBU Basin.
Beyond the mountains in the picture is direction to SAITAMA City, and the route 299 stretches in the mountains. The name of the stream is not known but it is one of the upstream of ARAKAWA River. This stream flows west once and reaches the CHICHIBU Basin. And the stream is gathered by ARAKAWA River, flows north to NAGATORO and flows east on the KANTO Plain.
Alpenroses fully blossomed
In this season, late spring, alpenroses fully blossomed around the mountain. Though they are very beautiful, the color of flash pink remind me an overwrought passion. And hard looking at the striking pistils and stamens seems to lead me to the world in the flower.
Swallows start the building their nest
Many swallows flew around. The photo above is luckily taken at the moment of the rapid turn by a swallow. Do not think the pose of the swallow is like a scene in a Japanese kabuki?
The image of swallows are the black body and the white belly. Do you remember their face? Their face is light brown. Have you ever noticed this? They are starting building the nest and were flying to find the place where the nest would be built. I said to good bye to the swallows in the Road Station ASHIGAKUBO, and go home via metro road 53, OME-CHICHIBU line.