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  • Mitsui Outlet Park Hokuriku Oyabe
    Shopping
    Toyama Pref. Oyabeshi Nishinakano 972-1
    The first outlet mall in the Hokuriku area as well as the western side of Honshu, Mitsui Outlet Park Hokuriku Oyabe opened in 2015. Located in Oyabe, Toyama, busses travel directly to the mall from Isurugi Station and Kanazawa Station. Consisting of two floors, the facility hosts shops from top international brands and casual brands, lifestyle goods stores, food shops, and restaurants, totaling some 160 establishments in all. The facility boasts one of the greatest number of shops of any outlet mall in the country. The spacious grounds also host a 50 meter tall Ferris wheel and a kids space, making it easy for families to enjoy a relaxing time shopping as well.
  • Himi Banya-gai Harbour Market
    Travel / Tourism
    Toyama Pref. Himishi Kitaomachi 25-5
    Located in Himi City in Toyama Prefecture, famous for its Himi kanburi (winter yellowtail fish), Himi Banya-gai Harbour Market is a tourist facility which doubles as a roadside station. There are more than 30 establishments here ensuring more than enough for visitors, from shopping to food and hot spring baths. Many tourists come here to take advantage of the many things on offer such as the kaiten-zushi restaurant where guests can enjoy fish direct from Himi Port, gourmet food unique to the local area, fresh local fish, processed seafood products, and souvenirs. Be sure not to miss the spectacular Tateyama Mountains visible across the sea. Visitors to Himi Banya-gai Harbour Market can also enjoy the natural hot spring waters of Himi Onsen.
  • Kurobe Dam
    Travel / Tourism
    Toyama Pref. Nakanikawaguntateyamamachi Ashikuraji
    This is Japan’s biggest arch type dam costing a huge 51.3 billion yen and requiring the total work of 10 million people to build over seven years. 10 cubic meters of water are emitted every second from the 186-meter-high dam that is Japan’s tallest. Within the grounds is a viewing platform, viewing plaza and discharge viewing stage, and one can observe the highly impressive discharge at close distances. These sightseeing opportunities are held from the end of June to mid-October.
  • Gokayama Tourist Information Center
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    4.0
    12 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Toyama Pref. Nantoshi Kaminashi 754
    Gokayama Tourist Information Center is located in the village of Minami-gokayama (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) in Toyama Prefecture. Besides providing information about tourist attractions, accommodation etc. in the area, the Center can also provide information regarding transportation services. In addition, the Center disseminates up-to-date information via Facebook, Twitter and other social networking services. The Murakami House, a traditional Gasshozukuri-style farmhouse which has been designated as a National Important Cultural Property, is nearby.

    You pass through here if going to Suganuma and beyond, so pick up a good map of Gokayama and pin your country of origin to the world map. The ladies are very friendly and speak good english.

  • Gokayama Minzokukan (Gokayama Folklore Museum)
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    3.0
    18 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Toyama Pref. Nantoshi Suganuma 436
    Gokayama Minzokukan (Gokayama Folk Museum) is situated in Sugunuma, a village of traditional Gasshozukuri-style farmhouses in Gokayama village, Toyama Prefecture. The Museum is located in the oldest Gasshozukuri-style house in the village, which was specially renovated for the purpose. On display inside the Museum are around 200 living utensils etc. that embody the wisdom of past generations. The adjacent “Potassium Nitrate Hall,” focused on the production of potassium nitrate (which was formerly an important industry in the Gokayama district), uses models and shadow-pictures to show how the raw material was collected, the process by which the potassium nitrate was made, and how the finished product was transported for sale.

    There are 2 museums that you get to visit for the price of 1 ticket. They both have 2 floors and are filled with different straw made items and stone made items used back in the day. 1 focuses on...

  • Murakamike House
    Travel / Tourism
    Toyama Pref. Nantoshi Kaminashi 725
    Murakamike house stands out even in Gokayama which is famous for Gassho style houses. It is a representative building that doesn’t remodel the style of olden days, and it even now conveys the architectural style of yesteryear to people of the present. It has also been designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan. There are a lot of folklore materials on display in this building which boasts a history dating back 400 years, and at the irori fire pit, you can hear an account by the present head of the house. There are snow camellia named “Gokayama Iris” in the garden, and the best time to come and see them is from late April until early May.
  • Gokayama Washi-no-sato (Traditional Paper-making Workshop)
    Travel / Tourism
    Toyama Pref. Nantoshi Higashinakae 215
    Gokayama Washi-no-sato (Traditional Paper-making Workshop) is the alternative name for Road Station Taira, a roadside rest area in Gokayama village, Toyama Prefecture. Gokayama Washi-no-sato features a “Washi Paper Craft Hall” that presents the history of traditional Japanese paper-making, which has been an important industry in Gokayama since ancient times, as well as a “Paper-making Experience Hall” where visitors can try making Gokayama-style paper for themselves inside a traditional Gasshozukuri-style farmhouse (experiential activities can be booked on the day of your visit). There is also a retail area selling local specialty products, a restaurant, etc., making this a great place to drop by while driving in the area.
  • Zuiryu-ji Temple
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    4.5
    244 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Toyama Pref. Takaokashi Sekihonmachi 35
    The Zuiryu-ji Temple is a temple in Takaoka City, Toyama Prefecture belonging to the Soto school of Zen Buddhism. The Temple was built by Maeda Toshitsune, the third lord of the Kaga Domain, to offer up prayers to the Buddha for the repose of the soul of his brother Maeda Toshinaga, the second lord of the Kaga Domain. The Butsu-den hall, Hatto (Lecture Hall) and San-mon gate have all been designated as National Treasures; the So-mon gate, Zen-do (Zen meditation hall), Taka-roka (High Corridor), Kairo (Gallery) and Dai-sado (Large Tea Hall) were the first Prefectural Important Cultural Properties to be designated as such by Toyama Prefectural Government. Zuiryu-ji Temple is widely recognized as a masterpiece of early Edo Period Zen Buddhist temple architecture.

    Sleepy Takaoka. Not much happening, and in the middle of it all you find a grand temple which would not be out of place in Kyoto or Kanazawa. Founded in 828, to actual story of its building is...

  • Takaoka Daibutsu (Takaoka Great Buddha)
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    3.5
    305 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Toyama Pref. Takaokashi Otemachi 11-29
    The Takaoka Daibutsu (Takaoka Great Buddha) is a large statue of Amida Nyorai (the Amitabha Buddha) in a seated posture, approximately 16 meters high, located in the Hotoku-san Daibutsu-ji Temple near Takaoka Station in Toyama Prefecture. The circular halo that rises up behind the Buddha’s back makes this a particularly distinctive statue; it ranks alongside the Great Buddha of Nara and the Great Buddha of Kamakura as one of the “Three Great Buddhas of Japan.” The original statue and its replacement were both destroyed in fires; in 1933, local people built the third statue that visitors see today. Since it was first created, the Takaoka Daibutsu has become an iconic symbol of Takaoka; locals refer to with a mixture of respect and familiarity as “Daibuttsuan.”

    The great Buddha statue (Daibutsu) Located in Takaoka city, Toyama prefecture. It is one of the 3 great Buddha statues of Japan. The other 2 being Kamakura and Nara. It is a bronze statue made using...

  • Chokei-ji Temple
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    4.5
    9 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Toyama Pref. Toyamashi Gosou 1882
    The Chokei-ji Temple is a Buddhist temple belonging to the Soto school of Zen Buddhism situated on Mt. Kureha in the suburbs of Toyama City, in Toyama Prefecture. The main object of veneration at the Temple was originally a Daibutsu (Great Buddha Statue) known as the Sakuradani Daibutsu; however, this Statue was removed in 1870 as the result of an order issued by the Toyama Domain, and today only the head remains. Behind the Temple, over 500 stone statues of the Buddha’s disciples stand facing the Tateyama Mountains; the calm, peaceful expressions on their faces leave visitors deeply moved. This area is renowned for its spectacular cherry blossom, and is thronged with both locals and tourists in the cherry blossom season.

    Set high up in the hills overlooking Toyama this temple is very beautiful and the statues surrounding it add an air of peace and tranquility. Take the time to stroll around and absorb the atmosphere...

  • Toyama Municipal Folkcraft Village
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    5.0
    2 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Toyama Pref. Toyamashi Anyoubou 1118-1
    The Toyama Municipal Folkcraft Village is a complex dedicated to history and culture, located at the foot of Mt. Kureha in Toyama Prefecture. A Folk Art Museum, with displays of folk handicrafts, was opened on the site in 1965. Subsequently, additional museums were opened, including a Museum of Archeology displaying archeological finds, etc., the Museum of Medicine Peddlers, telling the story of the Toyama region’s itinerant medicine vendors, etc.; today, the Village comprises a total of seven museums and two other facilities. The Museum of Ceramic Art and the Clay Dolls Studio offer experiential activities where visitors can try their hand at decorating bowls or clay dolls. Each of the museums offers plenty to see, and the opportunity to learn more about the lives of past generations.

    This Folkcraft village is about a 10 minute bus ride from Toyama train station in a peaceful forested garden. Allow about 2- 3 hours here to view all the buildings including the traditional thatched...

  • Mairo
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Toyama Pref. Toyamashi Sakuramachi 2-2-121 Building 5F
    The best club with live performances in Hokuriku, right next to Toyama Station and Shintomicho Station. Find classic club music like hip-hop and techno, but also a wide range of other music including rock, jazz, and J-pop. There are 90 coin lockers, so guests can lighten their load and enjoy themselves. The club can also be rented during the day as a space for bands and dance groups to practice.
  • Minority
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Toyama Pref. Toyamashi Sakuramachi 2-2-121 Building 4F
    A lounge bar and club right next to Toyama Station and Shintomicho Station. Their main focus is EDM but guests can enjoy a variety of dance music including hip-hop, techno, and R&B. The club is equipped with a high quality audio system that picks up the lowest of frequencies, providing a great experience for music lovers. There are also 54 coin lockers for guests.
  • Sarutobi Gorge
    Travel / Tourism
    Kurobe Canyon, Kurobe-shi, Toyama Prefecture
    "This is one of the areas accessible to travelers on the upper reaches of the Kurobe Gorge in Toyama Prefecture. It got the name ""Sarutobi"" from the parts of the gorge that are so narrow that wild monkeys can leap across with ease. A walkway runs to the Sarutobikyo Observatory from Keyakidaira Station, the final stop on the Torokko Electric Railway that passes along the Kurobe Gorge. The tourist season gets busy with hikers who come to see the many highlights like the red arch bridge along the way. "
  • Tateyama Yoshimine Onsen Tateyama Green Park Yoshimine
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Toyama Nakaniikawa-gun Tateyamamachi Yoshiminenobiraki 12
    A hot spring bathhouse in Yoshiminenobiraki, Tateyama, Nakaniikawa. The baths are fed by a simple natural hot spring that is said to be effective in treating nerve pain, joint pain, sensitivity to cold, and recovering from fatigue. They offer four different types of baths including an open-air bath made with natural stones and an herb bath as well as a sauna. They also have a rest area, a dining room, a shop that sells souvenirs and light meals, and a shop that sells local fresh seafood and produce.

    登山の帰りに寄りました。 お湯は、温めでヌルっとした感じ、サウナあり、 露天風呂も広めでのんびり出来ました。 大人610円、JAFカードかモンベルクラブカードで550円になります。 食事は15:00で終わってしまいます。

  • Garve Lake Kurobe Pleasure Boat
    Travel / Tourism
    Tateyama cho, Nakashinagawa gun, Toyama Prefecture
    The Garve, which does a circuit around Lake Kurobe in about 30 minutes, is the only pleasure boat in Japan that operates at such a high elevation (1,448 meters at the highest point). On the Alpen Cruise, you can watch as the Northern Alps (Hida Mountains) appear before you and experience the grandeur of Kurobe’s natural scenery. The mountains are still snowy even amidst the greenery of spring and summer, and the autumn colors and winter scenery are breathtaking as well. It’s about 60 minutes from the Azumino Interchange on the Nagano Expressway or 90 minutes from the Nagano Interchange on the Joshin-Etsu Expressway.
  • Kakinosho
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Toyama Pref. Takaokashi Ono 156
    A famous cafeteria located in Ono, Takaoka City, Toyama Prefecture which can accommodate providing lunch for tour groups. The restaurant serves gozen set meals and a la carte items made with the freshet seafood delights from Toyama Bay, viewed by some as a veritable natural restaurant fish tank. The Kaisen Takaoka-don seafood rice bowl is piled high with seasonal fish; the restaurant’s signature dish, many fans travel from outside the prefecture to enjoy this delicious meal. Other popular items include the Amehare konbu-meshi gozen, made with an abundance of the renowned Toyama konbu kelp; and the Japanese amberjack shabu-shabu, a specialty dish which is only offered in winter. The restaurant is spacious and bright, and Kakinosho offers a variety of seating options, including a private dining room situated inside an old-fashioned warehouse connected to the historic figure Maeda Toshinaga.

    I really enjoyed fresh seafood. Sushi rice may be bit overwhelming after taste. But everything was perfect. Their seafood Miso soup is huge. The meal by itself size. White fish and crab legs were...

  • Kenkozen Yakuto
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Toyama Pref. Toyamashi Tsutsumichoudori 1-3-5 Echizen Anti-Spirit Tanpo Ikedaya Yasushi Shop 2F
    A café operated out of the second floor of Ikedaya Yasubei Shoten, a long-standing shop which makes and sells medicines such as Etchu Hangontan, a popular digestive medicine famously from Toyama. Once used as a space for compounding medicines, the café has an old-fashioned air in which diners can take their time and enjoy their food. Yakuto serves healthy medicinal dishes made with seasonal ingredients, black rice grown with spring water, and other ingredients inspired by Chinese medicine. After your meal, you can enjoy a popular handmade sweet, herbal tea, or healthy medicinal plant tea. The nearest station is Nishicho Station on the Toyama Tram Line.
  • Mawaru Toyama Bay Sushitama, Toyama Kakeo Main Restaurant
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    4.0
    144 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Toyama Pref. Toyamashi Kakeosakaemachi 5-8
    Located along National Route 41 in the city of Toyama, Toyama Prefecture, Mawaru Toyama Bay Sushitama is a conveyor-belt sushi shop where customers can easily enjoy seafood caught of the coasts of Ishikawa and Toyama Prefectures. Fresh shipments come in twice a day, at noon and at night, so customers can be assured that the seafood is fresh. In addition to standard menu items such as tuna and salmon roe, customers can also enjoy seasonal seafood typical of the Hokuriku region, such as wrasse, yellowtail, and snow crabs. The rice base for the sushi is made from Koshihikari rice grown on the Noto Peninsula and rice vinegar made according to an exclusive recipe. There is both counter and table seating, making the restaurant suitable for everyone from families to solo diners.

    Prior to our arrival in Toyama, I had done some research which suggests that sushitama may be worth a visit. Just to be sure, on arrival, I asked an officer manning the exit gates if he could...

  • Menya Iroha (CiC Branch)
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    3.5
    121 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Toyama Pref. Toyamashi Shintomichou 1-2-3CiCB1
    A ramen restaurant located on floor B1 of the CiC building, which is located just past the south exit of JR Toyama Station. Famous for its Toyama black ramen, a local favorite characterized by its dark black broth, the restaurant is a frequent destination for tourists. This flavorful broth, made by combining a chicken and seafood stock with a slow-stewed fish sauce, is the restaurant’s pride and joy. Despite appearances, the flavor is actually quite light. The stylish interior, accented with red here and there, makes it easy even for women to enter on their own.

    black ramen with soy sauce broth, delicious for me. might be little bit salty for some people. the pork slices are plenty and the price is cheaper that most ramen resto. they also sell instant ramen...

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Toyama is one of the three prefectures that house the Japanese Alps, with its southern and eastern borders comprising one long stretch of mountains, out of which the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is forged. While traditional crafts fill the northern coastal cities of Toyama and Takaoka, thatched roof houses offer unrivalled views against a backdrop of fantastic scenery at Gokayama in the mountainous area in the south of the prefecture.

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