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  • Gokayama Minzokukan (Gokayama Folklore Museum)
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    3.0
    18 Reviews
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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.

    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...

  • Toyama Municipal Folkcraft Village
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    5.0
    2 Reviews
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    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...

  • Tonami Tulip Park
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    4.0
    77 Reviews
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    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.

    Its have a lot of place and learn for kids inside of it. From our imagine for first time, its kind huge place but after we came. It is not quite big. So many type of tulip that we have seen. We went...

  • Uozu Aquarium
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    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.
  • Hotaruika Museum (at Roadside Station Wave Park Namerikawa)
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    3.0
    2 Reviews
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    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.

    滑川のほたるいかミュージアムに併設している道の駅。コンクリート打ちっぱなしの外観の中に展望台+観光案内所+トイレそこまでは普通の道の駅。ミュージアム側の建物には売店等あります。どこまでが道の駅かはわかりません。

  • Toyama Glass Art Museum
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    4.5
    210 Reviews
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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.

    The museum consists of some exhibition halls, a library, a cafe & a souvenir shop. It looks grand & amazing. Fee for visiting the whole museum is 1,000 yen while 200 yen for public area, 4th & 6th...

  • Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design
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    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.
  • 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."
  • Rakusuitei Museum of Art
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    4.5
    14 Reviews
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    Toyama Pref. Toyamashi Okudashinmachi 2-27
    "This modern art museum is a ten minute walk north from JR Toyama Station. The name stems from the fact that the arbor in the garden was named ""Rakusuitei"" (literally meaning ""pavilion for enjoying the greenery"") by Otani Kosho, who was the head monk of Nishi Hongan-ji Temple. The main gallery is located inside of a nostalgic old Japanese-style house. It displays works of pottery and handicrafts that harmonize with the four seasonal faces of the museum's Japanese garden. The museum also has a gallery built inside of an old renovated storehouse. It serves as a place to exhibit a variety of expressions, embodiments, and challenges, including both flat and three-dimensional pieces. The museum's shop, located inside of a modern western-style building, offers a selection of souvenirs characteristic of Toyama Prefecture including original merchandise and artisanal pottery."

    I really enjoyed the interesting variety of works, and decor. The gardens are really lovely! Well kept and incorporate Japanese style.

  • Mori Shusui Museum of Art
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    4.5
    9 Reviews
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    Toyama Pref. Toyamashi Sengokumachi 1-3-6
    This art museum is located on Sannomachi Crossing due-south of JR Toyama Station on National Route 41 is focused primarily on Japanese swords and knives, a rarity even in Japan. Its collection includes two hundred Japanese swords from the Heian period to the modern era. Its exhibits are centered on the works of sword smiths with connections to the Hokuriku area, such as notable Toyama Prefecture sword smiths Norishige and Go no Yoshihiro, the latter of which being one of the Nihon Sansaku (the three best sword smiths in the eyes of Toyotomi Hideyoshi). Visitors may also see works by notable artists of the Nihonga style of painting such as Yokoyama Taikan and Kawai Gyokudo. The museum's first floor also features a shop and cafe, creating an atmosphere that makes it a destination for sword-loving ladies.

    This museum specialises in Japanese swords and has over 40 historically significant pieces on display. It shows how these blades are made and gives the background and history of each exhibit. You are...

  • The Suiboku Museum, Toyama
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    4.5
    43 Reviews
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    Toyama Pref. Toyamashi Gofuku 777
    "This art museum primarily exhibits ink wash paintings from the Japanese modern era and later. It is a 10-minute walk north from Toyama Toyopet Honsha-mae Station (Gofukusuehirocho) on Prefectural Route 56. It is notable for its single-story Japanese-style building. The museum's permanent exhibits include the works of notable modern-era painters such as Yokoyama Taikan and Takeuchi Seiho, as well as paints with ties to Toyama Prefecture such as Kaho Akira. The ""Suiboku"" in the museum's name refers not just to ink wash paintings, but more broadly to Japanese aesthetics as a whole. As such, the museum is complete with a Japanese garden and tea room where guests can quietly commune with the natural environment."

    Highlights of my visit was a special exhibition focussed on blossom, an interactive film and poetry screen, a section on Manga art and the pleasing gardens and modern architecture. The biggest...

  • Toyama Science Museum
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    4.0
    31 Reviews
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    Toyama Pref. Toyamashi Nishinakanomachi 1-8-31
    This science museum adjacent to the north side of Toyama City's Jonan Park primarily deals with the theme of Toyama's natural environment and characteristics. At the museum's entrance, visitors are greeted by skeletal and anatomical models of the Naumann's elephants that roamed the lands of Toyama long ago. The museum's large dynamic models, including one of a tyrannosaurus rex, are sure to catch the attention of visitors. In one of the museums booths introducing the Tateyama mountain range and other elements of Toyama's natural environment, visitors can experience rare natural phenomena such as diamond dust. On the third floor, the museum presents the latest information on space through exhibits including a meteorite. The museum also has regular planetarium shows.

    What a wonderful collection of exhibits and information! Enjoy the 3D cinema! Stroll around the parkland.

  • Uozu Buried Forest Museum
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    4.0
    45 Reviews
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    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...

  • Takaoka Kojo Zoo
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    3.0
    1 Reviews
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    Toyama Pref. Takaokashi Kojou 1-6 (inside Takaoka Kojo Park)
    This zoo, which opened in April 1951, is located inside of Takaoka Kojo Park. Starting in 1978, the zoo built a new natural history museum and conducted extensive renovations of its animal enclosures and facilities as part of a three-year plan before reopening in April 1981. The zoo cares for and exhibits 135 individual animals belonging to 40 species with a focus on Japanese macaques, American miniature horses, flamingos, and Humboldt penguins. From April to November, the zoo also operates a petting zoo with rabbits and Guinea pigs.

    若有小學生的話,很適合來逛逛的小動物園。免費,地方不大,但有不少的動物,很有看頭,小孩會很開心。大約可停留半小時到一小時。

  • Takaoka Municipal Museum
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    3.0
    14 Reviews
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    Toyama Pref. Takaokashi Kojou 1-5
    This municipal museum is located inside Takaoka Kojo Park. The museum features a wide range of exhibits including historical materials such as the Takaoka City-designated cultural properties Maeda Toshinaga Shojo (a letter by Toshinaga Maeda) and Toide-no-biraki Goinjo (a letter from two vassals of the Kaga Domain to a wealthy farmer), folk materials such as an armillary sphere and a wrought iron sword handguard with gold inlay, art materials, and more. The museum has a permanent exhibit featuring materials on the history, people, and the traditional industries of Takaoka City that is open year-round. Museum hours are from 9:00 to 17:00 (the entrance closes at 16:30) and admission is free.

    あいの風高岡駅から徒歩約10分の所にあります。 高岡古城公園の敷地内にありました。 館内は無料で開放され、定期的に学芸員の説明があるので その日に訪問するのがおススメです。 展示内容としては高岡の歴史民俗を主に展示してあり、 衣・食・住や年代を感じる農機具などテーマに分けて展示してありました。

  • Takaoka Art Museum
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    3.5
    22 Reviews
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    Toyama Pref. Takaokashi Nakagawa 1-1-30
    This art museum is located a 10-minute drive from Noetsu Expressway's Takaoka Kita Interchange. The museum holds world-class special exhibitions with a focus on artistic handicrafts and metallic sculpture. Designed by architect Shozo Uchii, the museum was selected as one of the best 100 public buildings in Japan. The first floor features three special exhibit rooms centered on a vaulted art hall. The second floor features a gallery exhibiting local art as well as the Takaoka City Fujiko F. Fujio Hometown Art Gallery. The basement features a shop, a tea lounge, and more.

    We attended exhibition for traditional arts and crafts. That particular Suday we had an opportunity to listen the artist gave a lecture of each work. It was really a treat. Too bad, no picture was...

  • Tateyama Museum of Toyama
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
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    Toyama Pref. Nakanikawaguntateyamamachi Ashikuraji 93-1
    This museum is a 45-minute drive from JR Toyama Station. Located inside Ashikura Temple at the foot of Mt. Tateyama, the museum conducts and exhibits the results of comprehensive academic research into the relationship between the natural environment and people of Tateyama. The museum's massive 13-hectare grounds are divided into three zones; Kyokai (World of Teachings), Seikai (World of Holiness), and Yukai (World of Play). Each zone features a number of different facilities, including the Tenjikan Exhibit Hall and the Yobokan Hall. The museum's exhibits also include a bronze statue of Sakra designated as an important cultural property and a collection of items related the Tateyama faith designated as important tangible folk cultural property.

    立山信仰について展示されていますが、堅苦しいものではなく、楽しめました。 特にまんだら遊苑は地獄、天国の世界観を野外展示も含めて体感できます。 難点は交通の便が悪く車でしか行けないところでしょうか。。。

  • Tateyama Caldera Sabo Museum
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    4.0
    32 Reviews
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    Toyama Pref. Nakanikawaguntateyamamachi Ashikuraji Buna Saka 68
    This museum is a one-minute walk from Tateyama Station, the last stop on the Toyama Chihou Railway Tateyama Line. It features exhibits on the special geological, topographical, and biological features of Tateyama, as well as the history and natural environment of Tateyama caldera, the site of one of Japan's largest landslides. Its indoor exhibit hall features a number of exhibits from which visitors can learn about erosion control at Tateyama caldera in an easy-to-understand manner, including a diorama that recreates the view inside the caldera, as well as a simulation game. Real-time information on the Alpen Route is also on display.

    It was a wet day so rather than heading up the Alpine route for hiking we had a musuem day. The ticket office sells a joint ticket to see two other museums or so within walking distance. One is down...

  • Tonami Tulip Gallery
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    4.5
    5 Reviews
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    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.

    有料ですが館内できれいに展示しているチューリップが見られます。雨の日や夕方でもとてもきれいに撮影もできました。

  • Nanto Fukumitsu Art Museum
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    4.5
    6 Reviews
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    Toyama Pref. Nantoshi Hourinji 2010
    "This this art museum a 10-minute drive from Oyabe Interchange. focuses on the works of Munakata Shiko and Ishizaki Koyo, who both have ties to Nanto City. Some of the works in its collection include Munakata's masterpiece the ""Ten GreatDisciples of Buddha"" which took the grand prize in the woodblock print division at the Sao Paulo Art Biennial in 1955, and ""Kakei"", a prime example of Ishizaki's early work that was awarded a certificate of merit at the eighth Bunten exhibition and was purchased by the Imperial Household Agency. The museum also exhibits works by artists with ties to the area in its collection room."

    棟方志功さんがお住まいになった場所、噂のお手洗いからカレンダーまで、当時お住まいだった頃を偲べるようなつくりで、大変素敵でした。今回は、ガイドさんをお願いして色々とお伺いしました。 愛染苑の裏手には、資料館もあります。こちらは興味のある方向けですね…。

Toyama Main Areas

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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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