Leisure / Outdoors Spots in Toyama Area

  • Tonami Tulip Park
    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.
  • Fugan Canal Kansui Park
    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.
  • Toyama Glass Art Museum
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    Toyama Pref. Toyamashi Nishichou 5-1
    The Toyama Glass Art Museum, which opened in 2015, is a museum that aims to spread awareness of the beauty of modern glass art and of its future potential. The Museum has displays of modern glass art works from the Museum’s own collection (which were collected by Toyama City Government over a period of 30 years), along with a glass art garden, and also holds a variety of special exhibitions and other events. The Museum is located around one-minute walk from the Nishicho Station on the Toyama Chihou Railway “Shiden” tram line.
  • Hotaruika Museum (at Roadside Station Wave Park Namerikawa)
    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.
  • Takaoka Otogi no Mori Park
    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."
  • Fujiko・F・Fujio Hometown Art Gallery
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    Toyama Pref. Takaokashi Nakagawa 1-1-30 Takaoka Municipal Museum of Art 2F
    "This art museum a two-minute walk from the JR Himi Line's Etchu-Nakagawa Station features exhibits on the life and works of manga artist and Takaoka City native Fujiko F. Fujio. In the gallery, guests can read every page of ""Yokaijima"" (Phantom Island), a story book that Fujiko F. Fujio created by hand at the age of 14. The museum exhibits the artist's belongings, as well an area that shows how his original drawings compare with their final published versions. Other exhibits include a statue of Doraemon (one of Fujio's characters) made from Takaoka ceramic, a traditional industry of the region, as well as an original short animated film."
  • Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design
    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.
  • Joshi Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Toyama Toyama-shi Honmaru
    This park is in Honmaru, Toyama City. It holds the ruins of Toyama Castle, once the castle of the Maeda family lords of the Toyama domain. It has a castle tower used as an observatory and folk museum, art museum, lawn, outdoor stage, and other facilities. In spring it is a popular cherry blossom viewing sight.
  • Takaoka Kojo Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Toyama Pref. Takaokashi Kojou 1-9
    This natural park located a 15-minute drive from the Noetsu Expressway's Takaoka Interchange was opened in 1875 on the site of Takaoka Castle, originally built by Maeda Toshinaga. The park, surrounded by three moats that have remained almost untouched since the castle was built, is one of Japan's few moated parks. The large 210,000 square-meter park houses a number of facilities including Imizu-jinja Shrine, a zoo, a museum, a gymnasium, and more. The park is home to many examples of cherry blossoms, Japanese maples, Japanese zelkovas, pine trees, and other species. It has also been selected as one of Japan's best 100 cherry blossoms viewing spots and is the main venue for the Takaoka Manyo Festival.
  • Gokayama Minzokukan (Gokayama Folklore Museum)
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    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.
  • Uozu Aquarium
    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.
  • Toyama Municipal Folk Museum, Toyama Castle
    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.
  • Himi City Shiokaze Gallery (Fujiko Fujio (A) Art Collection)
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Toyama Himi-shi Chuomachi 3-4
    This gallery on National Route 415 in Chuo-machi, Himi City. It has a collection of art by Himi native manga artist Fujiko Fujio (A). In addition to original panels and reproductions, there is an area introducing popular character of his including The Monster Kid and Ninja Hattori, and visitors can tour a reproduction of the room at Tokiwa-so where Fujiko spent his younger days. There is also a manga library, and they hold events like manga workshops as well.
  • Toyama Municipal Family Park
    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.
  • Uozu Buried Forest Museum
    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.
  • Hamakurosaki Camping Ground
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Toyama Pref. Toyamashi Hamakurosaki 3385-1
    This camping ground adjacent to Hamakurosaki Beach is a 20-minute drive from Namerikawa Interchange. Some of the campgrounds attractions include the beautiful row of pine trees, selected as one of Japan's 100 best, and the views of the beautiful sunrise over the Tateyama Mountain Range. If you want to enjoy the sea and the mountains at the same time, try pitching your tent in the seaside pine grove. Log houses and cottages are available for inexperienced campers and families with small children who would like a casual way to try camping. The campground also features tennis courts and a miniature athletic playground for children. Campers can also rent out all the barbequing equipment they need. Other activities to enjoy include swimming, cycling, and fishing.
  • Aqua Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Toyama Pref. Kurobeshi Horikiri Within 1188 Kurobe Purification Center
    Aqua Park is adjacent to Kurobe City Park, a 15-minute walk from Kurobe Station on the Ainokaze Toyama Railway in the city of Kurobe, Toyama Prefecture. It contains Japan's largest artificial waterfall, 121 meter-wide Sarara Falls, and Yurara Waterfront, which use highly processed water from the city's sewage plant. Two thousand tons of rocks from the Kurobegawa River and a variety of trees have been used to create a model landscape of the Kurobe Gorge from the Northern Japan Alps on downward. Visitors can relax and forget their troubles by taking advantage of a footbath heated by biomass.
  • Tonami Tulip Gallery
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Toyama Pref. Tonamishi Nakamura 100-1
    This botanical garden is a 15-minute walk from JR Tonami Station. This is the only facility in the world where tulips bloom year-round. In their Wonder Garden, you can see every stage of tulip growth, from budding through to blooming. Inside of the Tulip Palace, a tower-shaped work of art that displays cut flowers in a 3.7 meter-tall wall of curved glass, visitors can enjoy the curious sensation of being surrounded by 500 tulips.
  • Toyama Shimin Plaza
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Toyama Toyama-shi Otemachi 6-14
    A mall and multipurpose complex located a 15-minute walk from JR Toyama Station in Toyama City, Toyama Prefecture. The mall is occupied by boutiques, a sporting goods store, and other shops; a music school and pottery school, and cafes. There's also a music hall used for concerts, and numerous rental spaces used for lectures, art exhibitions, and a variety of other events. There are also public facilities such as a community center and resident's learning center.
  • Mirage Land
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Toyama Pref. Uodushi Sanga 1181-1
    This multi-purpose park with Japan's biggest seaside Ferris wheel is a 10 minute drive from Dentetsu-Uozu Station. In addition to attractions including a merry-go-round and a tea cup ride, the park has a number of facilities for family fun, including a barbequing area and tennis courts. Their water park area features a lazy river pool, a kiddy pool suitable for small children, and more. In addition to a petting ranch where guests can ride and feed the ranch's ponies, there is also a spacious turned area where people can enjoy activities such as park golf, or just relax.

Toyama Areas


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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