Kawaguchi dam Natural energy Museum

Must See!

Touch and study the exhibition of futuristic objects like digital arts, robots and more!
Communication Robot / Exhibition location:Environment study room

sotaEnjoy conversations with our two communication robots, Ene-sota and Myu-sota. Try asking them about  natural energy and sightseeing in Naka town. You might even be able to watch them dance Awa Odori.


4K display / Exhibition location:Environment study room

4k65You can watch an introduction video of Kawaguchi Dam and its hydroelectric plant as well as a beautiful 4K movie of the Naka river and the surrounding forests shot from a drone in cooperation with Naka town. Enjoy an overwhelming visual experience with the latest technology.


Hydrogen Car / Exhibition location:Environment study room

hydrogen_carLet’s play with miniature hydrogen cars. The miniature cars are powered by fuel cell drives using hydrogen split from water through electrolysis at hydrogen filling stations.


Hydrogen Production Experimental Device / Exhibition location:Environment study room

hydrogenSplit from water and turning back into water, hydrogen is an ultimate clean energy.
There is a hydrogen station at the Tokushima Prefectural Office, as well as some hydrogen cars being driven around in Tokushima.
The hydrogen production experimental device shows how the solar energy produces hydrogen right before your eyes.


Experimental Tools (water, wind and solar energy) / Exhibition location:Environment study room

power_generationYou can use different experimental tools to learn how each natural energy system works. For example, create wind energy by fanning the mill to get the music to play.
The museum staff can provide explanations about how to use the tools, so please feel free to ask about the tools before you use them.


Panel Exhibition / Exhibition location:Environment study room

guidepaneru Panel exhibition explains the mechanism of water, wind and solar energy generation systems. Check them out if you like to learn more about power generation.


Work sheets / Exhibition location:Environment study room

workseetWe have worksheets for elementary school students, which follow the government course guidelines. There are two types of work sheets, one for lower grade students and one for older grade students.


Sketch Smart Town / Exhibition location:Visual exhibition room

お絵かきスマートタウンThe wall of the visual exhibition room displays the future smart town made up of pictures drawn by visitors.
Draw pictures freely on pieces of paper. Then you will find your pictures popping up on the wall, creating a huge town just in front of you.
There are various kinds of natural energy installed in this smart town such as hydroelectric, solar, wind and biomass energy.
You can change the weather of the town by touching the wall. You will see each energy plant generating electricity to light up the highway across the town.
If you touch the frogs dancing Awa Odori…


Digital Signage / Exhibition location:Entrance & lobby exhibition

32型デジタルサイネージYou can watch the movie showing the inside of Kawaguchi dam. As there are also pictures of under-construction Kawaguchi dam, you can feel as if you were back in 1960.


Indigo Dyed Cedar Light Box / Exhibition location:Entrance & lobby exhibition

aizome_lightboxThe corridor from the entrance to the environment study room is lined with light boxes made of indigo-dyed cedar board. Enjoy the special display of Tokushima’s indigo dyed product.


Micro Hydroelectric Digital Display Board / Exhibition location:Outdoor exhibition

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There is a micro hydroelectric facility on the way to the museum from the the parking lot. You can look at water flowing through the turbine. The amount of electricity generated by the facility is shown on the digital display board.


Water Turbine Runner / Exhibition location:Outdoor exhibition

waterwheel_runnerOn display are two turbine runners used for the water power generation at Kawaguchi dam. You can touch and imagine how powerful the water flow is.


Solar Power Digital Display Board / Exhibition location:Outdoor exhibition

guidePaneruPVThere is a solar panel facility on the roof of the repair factory located across the road from the museum. Depending on the weather, you can check how much electricity is being generated.


Micro Windmill Electric System / Exhibition location:Outdoor exhibition

small_wind_power_generationIn front of the museum is a savonius wind turbine and a propeller windmill. Both of them are hybrids with solar panels and revolve smoothly.


Hand Generated Information Board / Exhibition location:Outdoor exhibition

guidePaneru_damTurn the hand generator crank if you want to hear the audio guidance of the museum and Kawaguchi Dam.


Indigo Dyed Cedar / Exhibition location:Outdoor exhibition

siboriAttached to the outside wall of the museum are two large boards of Japanese cedar dyed Japan Blue, with Awa Indigo. The traditional wood shaving technique called “naguri” created the wavy surface with subtle shading. The color shade will change with changing reflections of light.


Kawaguchi Dam



About Kawaguchi Dam
Kawaguchi Dam is located Naka River (main flow channel: 125km, contributory area 880sqr. meter), the second major river in Tokushima. Sakashu Power Plant (Ottachi Dam), Hinotani Power Plant (Nagayasuguchi Dam), and Kawaguchi Dam were built in conjunction with the integrated river development implemented for flood control and water utilization. When Hinotani Power Plant hits peak power generation, the amount of water used for generating power fluctuates depending on how much power is generated. Kawaguchi Dam was built as a regulating reservoir to alleviate the flow fluctuation at the lower reach. The effective capacity of the reservoir is 950,000 cubic meters and the water level is adjusted between EL93.50 meters and 95.00 meters.

Mechanism of Water-power Generation
Water-power generates electricity by the force of water which is dropped from height, hitting and turning the water turbine directly connected to the generator. The good thing about water-power generation is since it uses the natural force of water falling and not using fuel, it doesn’t produce any CO2 or much waste.

Kawaguchi Power Plant
Kawaguchi Dam produces power by using water, which comes from adjusting the flow fluctuation to be less at its lowest reach when the rain could cause inundation. It produces 11,700 kilo watts of power per second from the maximum of every 70 tons of water used. Kaplan turbine (its blades are adjustable) is used for this dam to correspond with the changes of the lowest reach and the flow fluctuation.