Culture / Tour Spots in Toyama Area

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hotaruika Museum (at Roadside Station Wave Park Namerikawa)
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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.
  • 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.
  • Toyama Municipal Folkcraft Village
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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.
  • Toyama Municipal Folk Museum, Toyama Castle
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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.
  • Toyama Prefecture Tateyama Museum Mandala Yuen Park
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    Toyama Nakaniikawa-gun Tateyamamachi Ashikuraji
    This is one part of the dispersed museums making up the Tateyama Museum complex. This is the same ground that gave birth to the worship of Tateyama, and this museum recreates in three dimensions the Tateyama Mandala, an image handed down from the Heian period against the unchanging backdrop of the Tateyama range. It is made up of four sections: the earthly plane, the path of the sun, the heavens, and the path of dark, and each one is recreated in shape, sound, light, and aroma.
  • Toyama Prefecture Hana Sogo Center
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    Toyama Pref. Tonamishi Takandou 46-3
    Elega Garden, a botanical garden established in 1987, is located about a 20-minute walk from JR Tonami Station. Attractions include a conservatory that displays mostly subtropical plants, such as heliconia and ginger, and colorful ornamental plants and a daffodil garden with about 220 varieties of daffodils. Outside, visitors can enjoy model flowerbeds and flowerbeds that evoke an English-style garden. The main building hosts seasonal flower festivals three times a year, as well as consultations and courses on gardening.
  • Takaoka Manyo Historical Museum
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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.
  • Kurobe Yoshida Science Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Toyama Kurobe-shi Yoshida 574-1
    A science museum in Yoshida, Kurobe. They have a planetarium dome in its center, entrance hall, experiment classrooms, and exhibition rooms alongside their permanent exhibits and temporary exhibits. The planetarium shows educations programs as well as holding special shows for adults.
  • Rakusuitei Museum of Art
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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."
  • Mori Shusui Museum of Art
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • The Suiboku Museum, Toyama
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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."
  • Toyama Science Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Takaoka Kojo Zoo
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

Toyama 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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