Spots in Toyama Area

  • Kurobe Dam Lakeside Walking Trail
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    4.5
    765 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Toyama Nakaniikawa-gun Tateyamamachi Ashikuraji Bunazaka Tono 11 Kokuyurin
    This maintained walking trail follows the Lake Kurobe shore from the Kampa Valley suspension bridge. It runs through a beech and birch forest, and with little elevation difference it's even easy for children to walk. There are many sights to see including cold springs, and alpine plants, so it's perfect to soak in the refreshing forest ambience. It's about a one hour walk if you turn back in front of Lodge Kuroyon.

    Over the space of a few days, I managed to extract the maximum value from a JR Central Alpine-Takayama-Matsumoto Area 5-Day Pass by making two separate visits to the Kurobe Dam; each from opposing...

  • Fugan Canal Kansui Park
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    4.5
    582 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Toyama Pref. Toyamashi Minatoirifunechou
    Located a nine-minute walk from Toyama Station's north gate, this water park capitalizes on the history of Fugan Canal, which extends 5.1 kilometers to sea. This beautiful green waterside space completely Fugan Canal, which was once a boat harbor. Of its many attractions, we especially recommend visiting the Fountain Square, which is very popular with children, taking a lively cruise on the Fugan Suijo Line, and tasting the great coffee at the Starbucks Coffee Toyama Kansui Park store that is known for its breathtaking beauty. The park is a place where people of all ages can share a pleasant moment together. A great number of enjoyable events including firework and light displays are held year round.

    The park is quite big and did not feel crowded. We went up to the top of the tower to see the view. After coming down, we went to the Starbucks for a drink.

  • Kurobe Gorge – Electric Trolley
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    4.5
    419 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Toyama Pref. Kurobeshi Kurobekyoukokuguchi 11
    The Kurobe Gorge electric trolley is a train running through the Kurobe Dam—selected as one of Japan’s Top 3 Gorges and Top 100 Hidden Locales—that lets you fully enjoy Kurobe Gorge according to your schedule and goals. There are three different passenger trains which draw your attention to sites along the way with announcements. They run from mid-April to November 30. Approximately 20 minutes by car via Kurobe Interchange on the Kan-Etsu/Joshin-Etsu/Hokuriku Expressway.

    Take this small Torokko Electric Train from Kurobe Kyokuku (Unazuki Station), which is located within a 5-minute walk from JR Unazuki Onsen Station and enjoy sitting either in the open-air cars or...

  • Toyama Municipal Folk Museum, Toyama Castle
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    3.5
    540 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Toyama Pref. Toyamashi Honmaru 1-62
    This castle also known as Ukishiro (The Floating Castle), which stands in a corner of Toyama Castle Ruin Park, was chosen for the second selection of Japan's best 100 castles. Toyama Castle is believed to have been constructed by Mizukoshi Katsushige on the orders of his lord, Jinbo Nagamoto, around 1543. While the castle tower is a post-war reconstruction built in 1954, the castle's moats and stone walls are still original. The interior of the castle serves as the location of Toyama Municipal Folk Museum. The museum features exhibits on the history of Toyama Castle from when it was built during the Warring States Period until now. The observation deck at the top of the four-story castle keep gives visitors a feel for the size and scope of Toyama Castle at its peak in the Edo period. The 140 centimeter-tall helmet said to have been used by Maeda Toshinaga is well worth seeing.

    Arriving in Toyama considerably later than planned, after a rail journey from Nagoya delayed by heavy rains and flooding further south, it was after 9pm when I first encountered the Castle located...

  • Thatched-Roof Houses of Ainokura Village
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    4.5
    293 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Toyama Pref. Nantoshi Ainokura
    There are more than 20 houses, characterized by their heavily slanted thatched roofs, in this village located on a long, narrow plateau of land in Nanto City, Toyama Prefecture. Here visitors can get a feel for the old traditional Japanese way of life and beautiful countryside nestled in the mountains with fields of rice and other crops surrounding the houses. Ainokura Village offers an inn, souvenir shop, tea house, and folk museum all in the thatched-roof style. The village light up event held every season is also a must-see. Together with the village of Suganuma, the Ainokura Village is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    I read about Ainokura in Lonely Planet and from that point on I made sure that I had to go out to visit there. I stayed in Toyama, not far from the train station, hired a car for the day and drove...

  • Takaoka Daibutsu (Takaoka Great Buddha)
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    3.5
    357 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.”

    In Toyama for 2-nights, with a couple of hours to spare before dinner; this proved to be sufficient time to make a detour to Takaoka to see the Great Buddha. It only takes about 17-mins to travel...

  • Zuiryu-ji Temple
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    4.5
    285 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.

    I had a most remarkable visit to this temple. The heritage masterpiece of Takaoka. The temple was constructed by the third head of the Kaga Domain, as the family temple of founder of Takaoka Maeda...

  • Mitsui Outlet Park Hokuriku Oyabe
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    3.5
    89 Reviews
    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.

    It should be very new. The GPS of the rental car did not have its record. It is not like those outlet I visited in the past. It is a two storeyed shopping mall. We visited there on Monday late...

  • Tonami Tulip Park
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    4.0
    98 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Toyama Pref. Tonamishi Hanazonomachi 1-32
    Tonami Tulip Park is a park located on National Route 359 in Hanazono Town, Tonami City. Around three million tulips of 700 different varieties are grown here each year; the Tonami Tulip Fair, which is held in spring each year, is a major attraction. Interesting sights inside the Park include the Tulip Tower, which has become a symbol of the Park, the Tulip Gallery, where visitors can view displays about tulips, etc., and the Waterwheel Garden, which features the five largest waterwheels in Japan.

    I have no doubt that when you come here during the festival seasons this park is amazing,l and it still is however I didnt see any tulips in the park itself. Loads of other flowers but no tulips...

  • Kaiwomaru Park
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    4.0
    130 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Toyama Pref. Imizushi Kaioumachi
    "This bay area is located approximately a ten-minute walk from Kaiwomaru Station on the Manyo Line. Centered on the pure white sailing ship Kaiwomaru that is called ""The Lady of the Sea,"" the park has an 18,200 square meter-event plaza shaped like a shell, and a picnic area where you can barbecue, making it a place bustling with families and other groups of people. The recreational embankment where you can relax and see the surroundings while feeling the sea breeze is a perfect place for couples. The inside of Kaiwomaru is open to the public, and can be enjoyed for the illuminated ship at night."

    Easily accessible with clear road signs. Free parking was available in the park. Visitors could enjoy the romantic scenery of the sea, the beautiful boat, Tateyama at the backdrop and the Shinminato...

  • Hotaruika Museum (at Roadside Station Wave Park Namerikawa)
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    3.5
    108 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Toyama Pref. Namerikawashi Nakagawara 410
    The Hotaruika Museum at the Wave Namerikawa roadside station is an experience-oriented museum where visitors can enjoy a “Luminous Light Live Show” at the Live Theatre featuring the bioluminescent Firefly Squid or get up close to the living creatures of Toyama Bay at the “Mysteries of the Deep Ocean” zone, having the opportunity to learn about Firefly Squid and Toyama Bay in an enjoyable way. The Hotaruika Museum is located around 10-minute drive from the Namerikawa Interchange on the Hokuriku Expressway.

    Nice building and great museum for children and whoever loves squids Nice view of the sea from the museum and nice cafeteria with great view.

  • Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design
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    4.5
    73 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Toyama Pref. Toyamashi Kibamachi 3-20
    The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama displays its international collection through various new perspectives, themes, and exhibitions. With a nice view of Kansui Park and the Tateyama Mountains, people come here to enjoy not only the museum, but also the restaurant and café. And, this museum features many ways to interact with the art, through seeing, creating, and learning. Approximately 15 minutes by car via Toyama Interchange on the Hokuriku Expressway.

    MUST, MUST and again MAST ! One of the nicest museums I have seen. Lots of art, including famous artists. Beautiful building, beautiful roof and lots of activity.

  • Uozu Aquarium
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    3.5
    81 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Toyama Pref. Uodushi Sanga 1390
    Uozu Aquarium is located in the Sanga district of Uozu City. The first aquarium on this site was opened in 1913, making it the first aquarium to be established on the Sea of Japan side of the country. The current Uozu Aquarium, which opened in 1981, is the third aquarium to occupy the site. Focused on the themes of “From the streams of the Northern Alps to the deep waters of the Sea of Japan” and “Taking a scientific look at Toyama Bay,” the Museum also uses Japan’s first transparent acrylic glass tunnel to showcase Toyama’s aquatic life forms. There is also a “Rice Field Biodiversity” zone, which features amphibians and reptiles such as Tonosama Frogs and Japanese Rat Snakes.

    Staying some 30 minutes apart from Toyama, it is a nice spot to visit with the family. While is it small, lots of species are presented. Penguines and fur seals are there as well, they will make your...

  • Toyama Municipal Family Park
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    4.0
    63 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Toyama Pref. Toyamashi Furusawa 254
    The Toyama Municipal Family Park is surrounded by nature and rich verdure, and makes fun for the whole family with its focus on animals, mountain villages, and local community. Divided into three sections—an animal corner, a large lawn, a section with amusement park rides—it makes for a great time with nature or a barbeque. With many events such as the night zoo, you can interact with animals in a variety of ways, and see them in a more natural state. 10 minutes by car via Kosugi Interchange, a Hokuriku Expressway.

    Enjoy the lovely gardens! Have a BBQ - bring your own or be fully catered for! Great place for kids to safely play! Fun playgrounds!

  • Wholesale Merchant Morike
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    4.0
    89 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Toyama Pref. Toyamashi Higashiwasemachi 108
    "This historic site, the location of a Meiji period shipping agent, is a 20-minute drive from JR Toyama Station. Many a fortune was made through shipping in Higashi-Iwase Port between the last days of the Tokugawa Shogunate and the Meiji period. The merchant ships of the period, kitamaebune (""northbound ships""), where also called ""double ships"" because you could double your money in each direction. You can truly feel the history of Edo period merchant shipping in this home, a nationally-designated Important Cultural Property built in 1878. The flowing style of the curator makes tours a lot of fun. The building's biggest attraction is its luxurious construction using high-quality materials from across Japan, including a door made with Yakushima cedar, Noto black pine beams, and a massive monolith from the Shodoshima Islands. The building's oi-no-ma (a room that serves as a kitchen and living room), kote-e (plaster relief pictures) depicting dragons and tigers, and nightingale floor passageway adjacent to the courtyard add to its stately manner."

    Do not go ! wasting time and energy plus money. nothing to see except empty street closing shop. haha

  • Gokayama Tourist Information Center
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    4.0
    19 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.

  • Ainokura Folklore Museum
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    4.0
    30 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Toyama Pref. Nantoshi Ainokura 352
    This folk history museum sits in a corner of the Ainokura Gassho-zukuri Village, a World Heritage site located in the mountains east from Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway's Gokayama Interchange via the Hietsukyo Gassho Scenic Route. It is notable for its two gassho-zukuri style buildings with straw-thatched roofs which were once a residence of the old Ozaki Family. The museum exhibits articles once used by villagers, as well as historical materials that convey the village's tradition of mutual aid. On the second floor, guests can get a close look at the unique framework and internal construction of gassho-zukuri buildings. The museum's second building, the Ainokura Traditional Industry Museum, contains historical materials about washi (Japanese paper) and saltpeter, two of Gokayama's traditional industries. Visitors at the museum can learn about the history of Japan through the wisdom and hardships of ancestors.

    This is a small Gassho house, with the layout typical for these houses. This is a small museum and there is a documentary about the construction,maintenance and customs of these houses (all in...

  • Uozu Buried Forest Museum
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    4.0
    62 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Toyama Pref. Uodushi Shakadou 814
    Visitors to this museum a 10 minute drive from Uozu Interchange on the Hokuriku Expressway can explore the natural mysteries of Uozu such as the buried forest and mirages. The passageway that extends from the museum's entrance exhibits 3.75 billion year-old artifacts of the geological history of eastern Toyama Prefecture. The museum also features easy-to-understand exhibits about the Uozu buried forest, a Special Natural Monument, how mirages work, the water cycle, and more. The wondrous underwater exhibit hall where the buried forest is preserved and displayed is a must-see. Visitors can also enjoy a panoramic view of Toyama Bay and the surrounding area from their rooftop observation platform.

    The 2000 years old ceder forest under the water was discovered and they display some of them here. Touching 2000 years old dead trees is somewhat moving. They also have the mirage related displays...

  • Imizu-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    58 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Toyama Pref. Takaokashi Kojou 1-1 inside the old castle park
    This shrine is located inside of Takaoka Kojo Park. Thought to have been built in the Nara period or earlier, this ancient and honorable shrine is the only shrine in Etchu Province selected as a Myojin Taisha, the highest rank of shrine in the Engi-Shiki. The shrine venerates Ninigi-no-mikoto, said to grant blessings of bumper crops and prosperity in business. 200,000 people visit the shrine each year during their annual new year's day festival. Imizu Saryo, a cafe area added during renovations of the shrine's event hall, is a place to enjoy the seasonal scenery along with exclusive items such as their original blended coffee, herb tea, Futan matcha tea au lait, and more.

    A peaceful shrine well situated in the center of the pleasant park. Though the shrine is meaningful for locals, there are no English signboards for foreigners.

  • Takaoka Otogi no Mori Park
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    4.0
    38 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Toyama Pref. Takaokashi Sano 1342
    "This park, which has a theme of ""play with nature, learn with nature, engage with friends,"" is brimming with flowers and greenery. Located a 15-minute walk from JR Shin-Takaoka Station, guests are greeted by fairies in the ""Yokoso Kadan"" (welcome flower bed) located at the entrance. The park has a wide range of other attractions including a rose garden and a row of wooden arches. You are sure to feel like you have been transported to the land of fairy tales! Another part of the park features a recreation of the vacant lot from the animated series Doraemon, even down to the earthen pipes. Visitors can fully experience the world of Doraemon. The park also has large play set and a botanical garden each designed to allow children to peacefully commune with nature."

    A big park with a river flowing through it. Unfortunately everything is barren in December. Specially visited here for the 6 statues of Doraemon characters and I do not think it is worth travelling...

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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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