Travel / Tourism Spots in Toyama Area

  • Kurobe Gorge – Electric Trolley
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    4.5
    419 Reviews
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    Toyama Pref. Kurobeshi Kurobekyoukokuguchi 11
    The Kurobe Gorge electric trolley is a train running through the Kurobe Dam—selected as one of Japan’s Top 3 Gorges and Top 100 Hidden Locales—that lets you fully enjoy Kurobe Gorge according to your schedule and goals. There are three different passenger trains which draw your attention to sites along the way with announcements. They run from mid-April to November 30. Approximately 20 minutes by car via Kurobe Interchange on the Kan-Etsu/Joshin-Etsu/Hokuriku Expressway.

    Take this small Torokko Electric Train from Kurobe Kyokuku (Unazuki Station), which is located within a 5-minute walk from JR Unazuki Onsen Station and enjoy sitting either in the open-air cars or...

  • Toyama Municipal Folk Museum, Toyama Castle
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    3.5
    540 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.

    Arriving in Toyama considerably later than planned, after a rail journey from Nagoya delayed by heavy rains and flooding further south, it was after 9pm when I first encountered the Castle located...

  • Takaoka Daibutsu (Takaoka Great Buddha)
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    3.5
    357 Reviews
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    Toyama Pref. Takaokashi Otemachi 11-29
    The Takaoka Daibutsu (Takaoka Great Buddha) is a large statue of Amida Nyorai (the Amitabha Buddha) in a seated posture, approximately 16 meters high, located in the Hotoku-san Daibutsu-ji Temple near Takaoka Station in Toyama Prefecture. The circular halo that rises up behind the Buddha’s back makes this a particularly distinctive statue; it ranks alongside the Great Buddha of Nara and the Great Buddha of Kamakura as one of the “Three Great Buddhas of Japan.” The original statue and its replacement were both destroyed in fires; in 1933, local people built the third statue that visitors see today. Since it was first created, the Takaoka Daibutsu has become an iconic symbol of Takaoka; locals refer to with a mixture of respect and familiarity as “Daibuttsuan.”

    In Toyama for 2-nights, with a couple of hours to spare before dinner; this proved to be sufficient time to make a detour to Takaoka to see the Great Buddha. It only takes about 17-mins to travel...

  • Thatched-Roof Houses of Ainokura Village
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    4.5
    293 Reviews
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    Toyama Pref. Nantoshi Ainokura
    There are more than 20 houses, characterized by their heavily slanted thatched roofs, in this village located on a long, narrow plateau of land in Nanto City, Toyama Prefecture. Here visitors can get a feel for the old traditional Japanese way of life and beautiful countryside nestled in the mountains with fields of rice and other crops surrounding the houses. Ainokura Village offers an inn, souvenir shop, tea house, and folk museum all in the thatched-roof style. The village light up event held every season is also a must-see. Together with the village of Suganuma, the Ainokura Village is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    I read about Ainokura in Lonely Planet and from that point on I made sure that I had to go out to visit there. I stayed in Toyama, not far from the train station, hired a car for the day and drove...

  • Zuiryu-ji Temple
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    4.5
    285 Reviews
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    Toyama Pref. Takaokashi Sekihonmachi 35
    The Zuiryu-ji Temple is a temple in Takaoka City, Toyama Prefecture belonging to the Soto school of Zen Buddhism. The Temple was built by Maeda Toshitsune, the third lord of the Kaga Domain, to offer up prayers to the Buddha for the repose of the soul of his brother Maeda Toshinaga, the second lord of the Kaga Domain. The Butsu-den hall, Hatto (Lecture Hall) and San-mon gate have all been designated as National Treasures; the So-mon gate, Zen-do (Zen meditation hall), Taka-roka (High Corridor), Kairo (Gallery) and Dai-sado (Large Tea Hall) were the first Prefectural Important Cultural Properties to be designated as such by Toyama Prefectural Government. Zuiryu-ji Temple is widely recognized as a masterpiece of early Edo Period Zen Buddhist temple architecture.

    I had a most remarkable visit to this temple. The heritage masterpiece of Takaoka. The temple was constructed by the third head of the Kaga Domain, as the family temple of founder of Takaoka Maeda...

  • Kaiwomaru Park
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    4.0
    130 Reviews
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    Toyama Pref. Imizushi Kaioumachi
    "This bay area is located approximately a ten-minute walk from Kaiwomaru Station on the Manyo Line. Centered on the pure white sailing ship Kaiwomaru that is called ""The Lady of the Sea,"" the park has an 18,200 square meter-event plaza shaped like a shell, and a picnic area where you can barbecue, making it a place bustling with families and other groups of people. The recreational embankment where you can relax and see the surroundings while feeling the sea breeze is a perfect place for couples. The inside of Kaiwomaru is open to the public, and can be enjoyed for the illuminated ship at night."

    Easily accessible with clear road signs. Free parking was available in the park. Visitors could enjoy the romantic scenery of the sea, the beautiful boat, Tateyama at the backdrop and the Shinminato...

  • Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design
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    4.5
    73 Reviews
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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.

    MUST, MUST and again MAST ! One of the nicest museums I have seen. Lots of art, including famous artists. Beautiful building, beautiful roof and lots of activity.

  • Hotaruika Museum (at Roadside Station Wave Park Namerikawa)
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    3.5
    108 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.

    Nice building and great museum for children and whoever loves squids Nice view of the sea from the museum and nice cafeteria with great view.

  • Wholesale Merchant Morike
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    4.0
    89 Reviews
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    Toyama Pref. Toyamashi Higashiwasemachi 108
    "This historic site, the location of a Meiji period shipping agent, is a 20-minute drive from JR Toyama Station. Many a fortune was made through shipping in Higashi-Iwase Port between the last days of the Tokugawa Shogunate and the Meiji period. The merchant ships of the period, kitamaebune (""northbound ships""), where also called ""double ships"" because you could double your money in each direction. You can truly feel the history of Edo period merchant shipping in this home, a nationally-designated Important Cultural Property built in 1878. The flowing style of the curator makes tours a lot of fun. The building's biggest attraction is its luxurious construction using high-quality materials from across Japan, including a door made with Yakushima cedar, Noto black pine beams, and a massive monolith from the Shodoshima Islands. The building's oi-no-ma (a room that serves as a kitchen and living room), kote-e (plaster relief pictures) depicting dragons and tigers, and nightingale floor passageway adjacent to the courtyard add to its stately manner."

    Do not go ! wasting time and energy plus money. nothing to see except empty street closing shop. haha

  • Gokayama Tourist Information Center
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
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    Toyama Pref. Nantoshi Kaminashi 754
    Gokayama Tourist Information Center is located in the village of Minami-gokayama (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) in Toyama Prefecture. Besides providing information about tourist attractions, accommodation etc. in the area, the Center can also provide information regarding transportation services. In addition, the Center disseminates up-to-date information via Facebook, Twitter and other social networking services. The Murakami House, a traditional Gasshozukuri-style farmhouse which has been designated as a National Important Cultural Property, is nearby.

    You pass through here if going to Suganuma and beyond, so pick up a good map of Gokayama and pin your country of origin to the world map. The ladies are very friendly and speak good english.

  • Imizu-jinja Shrine
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    58 Reviews
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    Toyama Pref. Takaokashi Kojou 1-1 inside the old castle park
    This shrine is located inside of Takaoka Kojo Park. Thought to have been built in the Nara period or earlier, this ancient and honorable shrine is the only shrine in Etchu Province selected as a Myojin Taisha, the highest rank of shrine in the Engi-Shiki. The shrine venerates Ninigi-no-mikoto, said to grant blessings of bumper crops and prosperity in business. 200,000 people visit the shrine each year during their annual new year's day festival. Imizu Saryo, a cafe area added during renovations of the shrine's event hall, is a place to enjoy the seasonal scenery along with exclusive items such as their original blended coffee, herb tea, Futan matcha tea au lait, and more.

    A peaceful shrine well situated in the center of the pleasant park. Though the shrine is meaningful for locals, there are no English signboards for foreigners.

  • Ainokura Folklore Museum
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    4.0
    30 Reviews
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    Toyama Pref. Nantoshi Ainokura 352
    This folk history museum sits in a corner of the Ainokura Gassho-zukuri Village, a World Heritage site located in the mountains east from Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway's Gokayama Interchange via the Hietsukyo Gassho Scenic Route. It is notable for its two gassho-zukuri style buildings with straw-thatched roofs which were once a residence of the old Ozaki Family. The museum exhibits articles once used by villagers, as well as historical materials that convey the village's tradition of mutual aid. On the second floor, guests can get a close look at the unique framework and internal construction of gassho-zukuri buildings. The museum's second building, the Ainokura Traditional Industry Museum, contains historical materials about washi (Japanese paper) and saltpeter, two of Gokayama's traditional industries. Visitors at the museum can learn about the history of Japan through the wisdom and hardships of ancestors.

    This is a small Gassho house, with the layout typical for these houses. This is a small museum and there is a documentary about the construction,maintenance and customs of these houses (all in...

  • Uozu Buried Forest Museum
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    4.0
    62 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...

  • Kurobe River Electric Memorial Museum
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    3.5
    81 Reviews
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    Toyama Kurobe-shi Kurobe
    "This memorial museum is dedicated to the theme of water that connects the people and nature-wrapped town of Kurobe, with its connection to the ""treasure chest of water,"" the Kurobe river. In addition to the theme of water, it also exhibits information on the trolley railway, the history of electric power development, and the construction of the Omachi Tunnel and Kurobe Dam. The rest theater offers a variety of films on the people who have protected Kurobe, and connected legends."

    Kurobegawa River Electricity Memorial Museum is located just opposite the train station. Information relating to the development and construction progress details can be found inside the museum...

  • 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...

  • Ooiwasan Nissekiji Temple
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    4.5
    40 Reviews
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    Toyama Pref. Nakanikawagunkamichimachi Oiwa 163
    "This temple, a 15-minute drive from Hokuriku Expressway's Tachikawa Interchange, was built by Gyoki in 725. Part of the Tateyama mountain worship faith, it had become a large, well-known temple with 21 shrines and 60 monks by its peak. The temple declined after being set ablaze by Uesugi forces and losing many of its treasures and records to the fire. However, the temple hall was later rebuilt and served as the as the family temple for many generations of the Maeda Clan. The temple grounds contain a great deal of sights to see. These include Buddhist carvings and statues such as the Oiwa Nissekiji Sekibutsu, a nationally designated historic site, and the Oiwa Nissekiji Magaibutsu, an important cultural property. The temple, which venerates Fudo Myoo as the main object of worship, is beloved by the nickname ""Oiwasan no Ofudosan."" "

    Interesting place to visit but didnt manage to explore the area fully . Although they had a area map , it is not as clearly label at site. If they would put up more directional signage on site , it...

  • Manga Road
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    3.5
    66 Reviews
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    Toyama Himi-shi Himimachi
    This street is in Himi-machi, Himi City. Based around the work of manga artist and Himi native Fujiko Fujio (A), with monuments of fish-themed characters designed by Fujiko, and an automaton clock based one of his biggest works, Ninja Hattori. And the Himi City Shiokaze Gallery also displays original panels and more in the Fujiko Fujio (A) Art Collection.

    A day visit to Himi in Japan. Home of the celebrated artist Motoo Abiko credited with writing Ninja Hattori - manga art. The decorations on the street makes the street more colourful, and it...

  • Roadside Station Come On Park Shinminato
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    3.5
    23 Reviews
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    Toyama Pref. Imizushi Kaganomiya 296
    The Come On Park Shinminato roadside rest area has aquarium tanks where visitors can view fish and White Prawns from Toyama Bay. The local produce corner, where visitors can buy white prawns (which are a Shinminato specialty) and other marine products, and the Early Morning Market which is held on Saturdays and Sundays from April to December, are very popular. The restaurant serves a variety of white prawn cuisine. The Come On Park Shinminato is located around 15-minute drive from the Kosugi Interchange of the Hokuriku Expressway.

    国道8号線を石川県方面へ走行中に富山市を過ぎると直ぐにある道の駅です。 ドライブ中のトイレ休憩にも、昼食を食べるのにも便利なのですが、お土産品の品揃えが多くてつい買ってしまいます。

  • Kurobe Dam
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    Toyama Pref. Nakanikawaguntateyamamachi Ashikuraji
    This is Japan’s biggest arch type dam costing a huge 51.3 billion yen and requiring the total work of 10 million people to build over seven years. 10 cubic meters of water are emitted every second from the 186-meter-high dam that is Japan’s tallest. Within the grounds is a viewing platform, viewing plaza and discharge viewing stage, and one can observe the highly impressive discharge at close distances. These sightseeing opportunities are held from the end of June to mid-October.
  • The Suiboku Museum, Toyama
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    4.0
    51 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...

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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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