Culture / Tour Spots in Toyama Area

  • Tonami Tulip Park
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    4.0
    96 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.

    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...

  • Uozu Aquarium
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    3.5
    78 Reviews
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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.

    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
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    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!

  • Toyama Municipal Folk Museum, Toyama Castle
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    3.5
    55 Reviews
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    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.

    The inside of Toyama Castle is Toyama Folk Museum, which displays the history of Toyama. And if you enter this museum, you can go up the top of the castle. However, if you look over the city, the...

  • Uozu Buried Forest Museum
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    4.0
    57 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...

  • The Suiboku Museum, Toyama
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    4.5
    49 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...

  • Gokayama Minzokukan (Gokayama Folklore Museum)
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    3.5
    24 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...

  • Botanic Gardens of Toyama
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    4.0
    41 Reviews
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    Toyama Pref. Toyamashi Fuchumachikamikutsuwada 42
    This botanical garden is a 15-minute walk from the Chuo Shokubutsuen-guchi bus stop, a short bus ride from JR Toyama Station. The garden features some 4,900 species of plant from around Japan and the world. This includes more than 100 varieties of plants from China's Yunnan Province, the largest collection of its kind in Japan. From early to mid-April each year, visitors can enjoy seeing the garden's 300 meter-long row of cherry blossom trees illuminated at night. In the summer, you can try standing on a Victoria amazonica water lily, and the garden stays open for two nights. The garden's fan club organizes a number of events all year round that are fun for people of all ages, including arts and crafts with seasonal flowers, a Christmas concert, and more.

    The entrance fee JPY500. Lovers of Garden will love this big spacious space. There is a beautiful lake and the back was the Northern Alps. As it is the Sakura season, the garden was lined with Sakura...

  • Tateyama Caldera Sabo Museum
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    4.0
    41 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...

  • Toyama Science Museum
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    4.0
    34 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.

  • Takaoka Art Museum
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    4.0
    30 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.

    Gallery one on the main level was closed. Disappointed but that sometimes happens. Not able to understand why. Second floor gallery was open - admission ¥500, which houses a rotating collection on...

  • Fukuoka Camera Museum
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
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    Toyama Takaoka-shi Fukuokamachi Fukuokashin 559
    This museum dedicated to the joys of camera, photography, and cinema culture opened in 2000. Ever since, it has collected and displayed photography related materials, and served as a gallery displaying the work of photographers at the front lines of the artform. Their collection gallery displays various pieces at all dimes, and they also have special exhibits that change to fit various themes three times a year.

    たまたま開かれていた安珠さんという写真家のトークイベントに参加することが出来ました。ただ話を聞くだけのイベントでは無く、その方の撮った写真を見ながら、場内を巡ってお話を聞くというもので、その時初めて知った方でしたが、楽しい時間を過ごすことが出来ました。 常設は全国から集めたカメラの展示などが中心の様ですが、カメラに興味が無かったので、どれほどすごいものかは分かりませんでしたが、やはり何かの写真展...

  • Toyama City Sato Memorial Art Museum
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    3.5
    25 Reviews
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    Toyama Toyama-shi Honmaru 1-33
    This art museum is in Joshi Park, Honmaru, Toyama City. It was opened in 1961 under the leadership of Tonami City native businessman and master of tea ceremony Sukekuro Sato. Its collection focuses on pottery, paintings, and ancient art of Asia. In addition to the gallery, it also has two tea rooms donated by the Sato family, the Ryuteian and Joan.

    Small museum and you can get a combined ticket with the Toyama City Local Museum (Castle). Your experience really depends on the quality of the special exhibition (as there really isnt much to see...

  • Tateyama Museum of Toyama
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    4.0
    18 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.

    Tateyama was a major religious centre for over 1,300 years, and before the Tateyama religion began, people revered the mountains. Tateyama, Mt Fuji and Hakusan are the 3 holy mountains. People came...

  • Serene Museum
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    3.5
    19 Reviews
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    Toyama Kurobe-shi Unazuki Onsen 6-3
    The art museum is found in a facility opened in opened in 1993 Unazuki Onsen, the gateway to Kurobe gorge. They commissioned works from seven representatives of Japan's modern Nihonga art world, and now with passionate cooperation from these artists there are 27 works based around Kurobe Gorge, a topic not handled before this museum opened. There are also 34 sketches and drafts on display as well. Some part of the permanent exhibit is rotated regularly.

    黒部渓谷の大自然を楽しむことができる美術館でした。 造りが美しい美術館で、中は平山郁夫など7名の画家の美術館が協力して 作品を創作したようです!!

  • Mori Shusui Museum of Art
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    4.5
    12 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...

  • Himi Seaside Botanical Garden
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    3.5
    15 Reviews
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    Toyama Pref. Himishi Yanaida 3583
    This botanical garden located at Matsudae no Nagahama is a 15-minute walk from JR Himi Line Shimao Station. It raises some 300 varieties of plant, including beach plant?s from all across Japan. In their greenhouse, visitors can view tropical plants such as palm trees and hibiscus, as well as the sago palm, often called a living fossil. Visitors can also enjoy viewing the plants while taking a relaxing walk on the beach promenade. The glass-walled scenic restaurant on the fourth floor is famous for its delicious Italian cuisine and its great views of Toyama Bay. It is a popular spot for families.

    This is a nice little garden respite, but it is very tiny. Hopefully given time it will expand further on the gardens they currently have

  • Takaoka Municipal Museum
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    3.0
    16 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.

    高岡市立博物館は高岡古城公園の大手門の奥にあります。 江戸時代には大手門と搦手門だけが本丸とつながっていて、現在のように赤い橋で公園内を自由に行き来できるようになったのは明治時代以降です。 築城の名手の高山右近が設計した高岡城の大手門から高岡市立博物館へ続く道は、わずかに勾配がついていて、敵の侵入を防げるように設計されています。 高岡市立博物館の駐車場車に車を停めて、自然いっぱいで各所にブロンズ像...

  • Tonami Art Museum
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    3.5
    14 Reviews
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    Toyama Tonami-shi Takando 145-1
    Adjacent to the eastern part of Tulip Park, this art museum is part of the Tonami City Culture Zone. The Temporary Exhibition hall can accept large scale exhibits; the Permanent Exhibit hall displays the art museum's collection of works by local artists, world photographic art, and outstanding Japanese craftwork; and the Citizen's Gallery exhibits a wide variety of amateur works. On weekends, they have a variety of temporary exhibitions, workshops, and lectures.

    1997年に開館した美術館です。企画展ではとなみ野作家シリーズ5「柳田邦男展−問わず語り」展が開催中でした。柳田邦男さんという洋画家についての知識はありませんが、不思議な色調の幻想的な作品に興味を持ちました。

  • Takaoka Manyo Historical Museum
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
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    Toyama Takaoka-shi Fushikiichinomiya 1-11-11
    A museum in Fushikiichinomiya 1 Chome, Takaoka. The permanent exhibit has materials related to the classic Manyoshu collection of poetry compiled by former lord of Takaoka, Otomo no Yakamochi and the Etchu Manyo collection left by the lord and his subordinates. Special exhibitions are also held by the museum. Outside the museum is a garden with different plants mentioned in the Manyoshu poems as well as a monument to Yakamochi.

    坂道を上ると、歴史館が落ち着いた様子で佇んでいます。私が訪問した時は、希望(有料)で、万葉時代の男女それぞれの装束を試着して館内を巡回できるような企画があったようです。大伴家持が現在の高岡にあった国府に赴任し、その大自然や季節の変化に魅了されて詠んだ多くの歌とともに、奈良時代の風俗(衣装、木簡、食事など)が展示されています。また、国府跡のジオラマや遣唐使船のミニチュアなどもありました。ホールにはD...

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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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