Museum / Science Museum Spots in Toyama Area

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 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...

  • 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...

  • 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。

  • 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...

  • Kurobe Yoshida Science Museum
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    4.5
    9 Reviews
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    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.

    住宅街の一角に忽然と現れる科学館。無料で見られるスペースはスタッフの皆さんの手作り感あふれる展示物でいっぱいです。有料のプラネタリウムは、生解説ではなく最初から最後まで収録済のプログラムをみましたが、混んでいないうえに、床にゴロンと寝そべって見上げる事ができる一角も設けられているのが白眉。

  • Energy Science Museum Wonder Lab
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
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    Toyama Toyama-shi Ushijimacho 18-7
    This science museum is inside Urban Place community hall in front of Toyama Station, in Ushijima-cho, Toyama City. It offers chances to learn about power generation systems, the history of electricity, and electricity in daily life, through displays and activities. On weekends and holidays, they have events like experiment shows and workshop classrooms, and in their Wonder Theater, you can experience the world of energy in a 3D film. Reservation required on weekdays.

    北陸電力が運営している無料の科学館です。 体験型の設備で電気(できだけではなく物理現象も)のことが学べます。 電気事業の歴史や電気/電力の仕組と発展の歴史がパネル展示でも紹介されています。大人だけでも勉強になります。

  • Imizu City Shinminato Museum
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
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    Toyama Imizu-shi Kaganomiya 299
    This museum exhibits materials related to the history and folklore of Shinminato and the area, centered around the Koju Bunko library, left behind by late Edo period mathematician and cartographer Ishikuro Nobuyoshi and his four generation offspring, as well as works of ceramics artist and first ever National Living Treasure designee Ishiguro Munemaro. Ishikuro Nobuyoshi and Ishiguro Munemaro are each connected to the current Imizu city's Takaki and Kuguminato areas, respectively. It is a place that explains difficult and deep topics in a fun and easy way.

    道の駅新湊と隣接した施設です。富山らしく、施設は非常に立派ですが、博物館というよりは郷土資料館と言った感じ。となりの高岡は奈良時代、そして江戸時代以降の栄えた記録が多いですが、新湊は、鎌倉時代後期に放生津が栄えていたようで、その頃のことを知る事が出来ました。また、測量で功を挙げた石黒信由にまつわる資料も多く展示してあります。全国的には全く知らない事ばかりなので、興味のある方は楽しめると思います。

  • 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...

  • Namerikawa Municipal Museum
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    5.0
    1 Reviews
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    Toyama Namerikawa-shi Hiraki 676
    This museum is particularly loved for its scenery, as the lobby offers a view of Namerikawa City, of course, as well as the Toyama Plain. The first floor offers displays on the history, folklore, and nature of Namerikawa, and the museum invites famous people from Namerikawa to come and present year-long. The second floor has a hall that can fit 100 people. The third floor is used most for special and temporary exhibits. The first floor also has a cafe perfect for a quiet break to enjoy its views of the Toyama Plain, Toyama Bay, the Noto Peninsula, and the grand Tateyama Mountain Range.

    地元の常設展示館や、郷土の先賢などのコーナーがありましたよ。 滑川の地元を大切にしている博物館を感じることができましたよ!!

  • 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.
  • Earth Walled Warehouse Kairo Corridor
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    Toyama Nanto-shi Johana 579-3
    This atmospheric spot is along an alleyway that passes beside four old merchant warehouses connected by an outdoor walkway. You can tour the four warehouses, themselves exhibits, to see how the buildings were made, and allow a view of the scenery. The external appearance and second floors of the warehouses are must-sees.
  • Himi City Museum
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    Toyama Himi-shi Honmachi 4-9 (Himi-shi Education Bunka Center)
    This museum is in Honmachi, Himi City. The permanent exhibits are divided into four thematic sections: Introductory Display, Himi History, Himi's Fishing Industry, and Agricultural Living, and they also hold special exhibits related to local history. They have a diorama of the National Historic Site, Ozakai Cave Dwelling Site and other historical materials dating back to primitive times, as well as tools used in Himi's fishing industry, agriculture and other folk materials to bring the city's history and culture up close.
  • Toyama Municipal Folkcraft Museum
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    Toyama Toyama-shi Anyobo 1104
    This museum is in the Toyama Municipal Folkcraft Village, in Anyobo, Toyama City. It uses a wooden warehouse built in 1879 and transferred to this location, and displays old daily tools. The grounds also have Museum of Folklore, Gyujin Memorial Art Gallery, Museum of Ceramic Art, and Museum of Archeology.
  • Toyama Prefectural Center for Archaeological Operations
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    Toyama Toyama-shi Chayamachi 206-3
    This museum is on Prefectural Route 207, Chaya-machi, Toyama City. Its collection includes the nationally designated Important Cultural Properties Sakai A Ruins Artifacts, as well as artifacts collected by Toyama archaeologist Shosaku Hayakawa. There are clay and stone tools excavated from prefectural ruins, as well as bones and other Buried Cultural Properties on display, to help teach about local history up close. They also have ancient historical activities like learning to make fire.
  • Toyama City Inotani Sekishokan Museum
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    Toyama Toyama-shi Inotani 978-4
    This gallery is in Inotani, Toyama City, in front of Inotani Station. This was the location of an important position on the Hida Kaido Road, on the border between former feudal domains Etchu and Hida, and holds exhibitions related to the Nishi Inotani Checkpoint built here by the Toyama Domain. It exhibits old documents, and a recreation of the checkpoint in wood, to help teach about Inotani of the time period, as well as the Hida Kaido Road, Jinzu Gorge, and Enku Buddha statues.

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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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