About Amagase Dam

Located in the central Kinki region, the Yodo river system originates in Lake Biwa, from which the waters that will eventually become the Yodo River flow as the Seta River and then as the Uji River before combining with the Kizu River from the south and the Katsura River from the north to form the Yodo River, which empties into Osaka Bay.
A large number of people living in the Kinki region make use of the river’s water.

The system as a whole includes seven dams and two floodgates, but Amagase Dam, a multipurpose dam that was completed in 1964, is the only dam on the Uji River, which comprises the main river of the Yodo River.

The dam is a dome-shaped arch dam, and its lake is known as Lake Ho-o, meaning “phoenix,” because it resembles a bird spreading its wings when seen from downstream.

Amagase Dam specifications

Type Dome-shaped arch concrete dam
Top length and height Top length:254m
Top height:73m
Volume 121,500m3 (overall)
Completed 1964

Getting here

Address Uji-kanaido, Uji-shi, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone 0774-22-2188
Hours 8:00 am to 4:45 pm
Dates Open year-round
Nearest train stations JR Uji Station, Keihan Uji Station

*The dam may be closed from time to time due to ongoing construction and other work.

Directions from the nearest train stations

On foot

About 50 min. (3.8 km) from Uji Station on the JR Nara Line, or about 40 min. (3.3 km) from Uji Station on the Keihan Uji Line

By taxi

About 15 min. by taxi from Uji Station on the JR Nara Line, or about 10 min. by taxi from Uji Station on the Keihan Uji Line

*Please avoid arriving by car as there are no parking facilities for the general public at Amagase Dam.