Travel / Tourism Spots in Toyama Area

  • Kurobe Dam
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Murodo Terminal
    Travel / Tourism
    Toyama Pref. Nakanikawaguntateyamamachi Ashikuraji Muro
    This bus terminal, part of the Tateyama Kurobe Alpen Route, is the highest bus terminal in Japan. The terminal, which is the departure point for the Tateyama Highland Bus and the Tateyama Tunnel Trolley Bus, features the largest restaurant on the Alpen Route, a rooftop observation deck, a tea lounge, and more. Restaurant Tateyama, located inside of Hotel Tateyama, offers a variety of quick food options featuring the flavors of Toyama, like their shiroebi karaage-don sarasara-jiru set (fried broad velvet shrimp on rice and soup set). If you mail something from the Tateyama Mountain Top Branch Post Office on the first floor of the hotel, the staff will cancel your postage with a commemorative stamp.
  • Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
    Travel / Tourism
    Tateyama cho, Nakashinagawa gun, Toyama Prefecture
    The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, most of which is located in the Chubu Sangaku National Park, is one of the world’s great mountain sightseeing routes. Non-commercial vehicles cannot travel within the Alpine route, which is linked by six other modes of transportation, such as highland buses, and ropeways. The grandeur of nature through each of the four seasons inspires many feelings and emotions. Approximately one hour by car to Ogizawa parking lot from Azumino Interchange on the Nagano Expressway.
  • Kurobe Gorge – Electric Trolley
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Thatched-Roof Houses of Ainokura Village
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Himi Banya-gai Harbour Market
    Transportation
    Toyama Pref. Himishi Kitaomachi 25-5
    Located in Himi City in Toyama Prefecture, famous for its Himi kanburi (winter yellowtail fish), Himi Banya-gai Harbour Market is a tourist facility which doubles as a roadside station. There are more than 30 establishments here ensuring more than enough for visitors, from shopping to food and hot spring baths. Many tourists come here to take advantage of the many things on offer such as the kaiten-zushi restaurant where guests can enjoy fish direct from Himi Port, gourmet food unique to the local area, fresh local fish, processed seafood products, and souvenirs. Be sure not to miss the spectacular Tateyama Mountains visible across the sea. Visitors to Himi Banya-gai Harbour Market can also enjoy the natural hot spring waters of Himi Onsen.
  • Shomyo Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Toyama Pref. Nakanikawaguntateyamamachi Ashikuraji
    With water crashing down from a height of 350 meters and sending up a mass of spray, Shomyo Falls—the highest waterfall in Japan—is an impressive sight. When the flow of water in the rivers increases, another waterfall (Hannoki Falls) appears to the right of Shomyo Falls, and when the flow is really high several other, smaller waterfalls also appear nearby, which makes for a truly amazing spectacle. Hannoki Falls can only be seen in spring, when the snow-melt from the Tateyama mountain range leads to an increased flow of water.
  • Gokayama Tourist Information Center
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Etchu Gokayama Ainokura Gassho-style Village
    Travel / Tourism
    Toyama Pref. Nantoshi Ainokura 611
    A designated National Historic Site and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Etchu Gokayama Ainokura Gassho-style Village is also a place where local people continue to live as they have always done. The unique farmhouses with their thatched roofs embody the self-sufficient lifestyle of days gone by, and accumulated human wisdom. Recently, the Village has been illuminated in the evenings four or five times a month in alternate months.
  • Toyama Glass Art Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Amaharashi Coast
    Travel / Tourism
    Toyama Pref. Takaokashi Ota
    At the Amaharashi Coast Quasi-National Park, visitors standing on the beach can enjoy spectacular views of the rocky islets offshore and of the majestic Tateyama Mountains in the distance that seem to float above Toyama Bay; every season brings its own unique scenery. The stretch of coastline that extends from the Amaharashi Coast to Matsudae-no-Nagahama in Himi City has been ranked as one of Japan’s “Top 100 White Sand and Green Pines Beaches” and as one of “Japan’s 100 Best Beaches.” Otomo no Yakamochi, the poet and compiler of the Man’yoshu poetry anthology, was deeply impressed by the scenery of the Amaharashi Coast; his many poems in praise of the area were a major factor in its becoming so famous.
  • Takaoka Daibutsu (Takaoka Great Buddha)
    Travel / Tourism
    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.”
  • Murodou-Daira
    Travel / Tourism
    Tateyama cho Shimodo Toyama prefecture
    Murodou-Daira is a tourist spot located at an altitude of 2,450 meters above sea level. Located at the heart of the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route area, Murodou-Daira is also a base for mountain-climbing. Visitors can view several peaks that rise to around 3,000 meters, including Mt. Tsurugi. There are plenty of great walks nearby, with the opportunity to view Mikuriga-ike Pond and Jigoku-dani (“hell valley”); in spring, when the snow has been cleared from Otani area, visitors can also experience traveling along a road with 20-meter high snow drifts on either side.
  • Ainokura Folklore Museum
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Zuiryu-ji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Kaiwomaru Park
    Travel / Tourism
    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."
  • Bijodaira
    Travel / Tourism
    Toyama Pref. Nakanikawaguntateyamamachi Ashikuraji
    This plateau is in the western area of Midagahara. You can see a virgin forest of Tateyama cedar and beech and the Joganji River. The forest overflowing with broad-leaved trees including beech trees that are over 200 years old is also famous as a popular bird-watching spot where many birds gather every year in the early summer. Chosen as one of Japan's Top 100 Forest Bathing Areas, there are many people who come to take in the forest atmosphere and for nature walks. In front of Bijodaira Station stand a couple of legendary Bijosugi (beautiful lady cedar) trees, which are known as a symbol for the fulfillment of love.
  • Hie-jinja Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Toyama Pref. Toyamashi Sannoumachi 4-12
    "This shrine located in the city center of Toyama City was highly revered by generations of the Maeda clan, the lords of Toyama Castle. Beloved by locals with the nickname ""Sanno-san,"" the shrine's primary enshrined deities, Oyamakui-no-kami and Onamuchi-no-kami, are worshiped as gods of matrimony. They are also said to grant prayers for things including success in business, safe childbirth, and passing exams and interviews. Every May 30th, the shrine sees huge crowds at its annual spring festival, the Sanno Matsuri, one of the biggest festivals in Toyama Prefecture. The shrine also hosts a number of other seasonal festivals and other events, including the Sannou-kou, a tranquil and harmonious Buddhist lecture group. "
  • Toyama Municipal Folk Museum, Toyama Castle
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Kurobe Dam Observation Deck
    Travel / Tourism
    Toyama Pref. Nakanikawaguntateyamamachi Ashikuraji
    This observation deck is located 220 steps up an underground staircase from Kurobe Dam Station. This photogenic spot offers a view of Kurobe Dam and a great panoramic view of the Northern Alps to enjoy. The views of the Tateyama mountain range from an altitude of 1,508 meters are truly stunning. Visitors can relax while enjoying a coffee made with water from the shatter zone and views of Kurobe Dam at the rest house located below the observation deck. The souvenir shop offers original Kurobe Dam merchandise.

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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