Travel / Tourism Spots in Toyama Area

  • Kurobe Gorge – Electric Trolley
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    406 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.

    This is a must see. It should be on everyones bucket list. It was breathtakingly spectacular. Love loved it. The scenery is beautful. The open air hot water pool was special. Train ride was so...

  • Himi Banya-gai Harbour Market
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    247 Reviews
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    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.

    A 15-20min walk from the train station. There is a bus, but not very frequent. Get the town map from the information counter. When we reached there, we go for the free footbath. You can enjoy the...

  • Thatched-Roof Houses of Ainokura Village
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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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    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...

  • Wholesale Merchant Morike
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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

  • Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design
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    71 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.

  • Kurobe River Electric Memorial Museum
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    79 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...

  • Tateyama Ropeway
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    57 Reviews
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    Toyama Pref. Nakanikawaguntateyamamachi Ashikuraji Buna Slope Foreign Forest
    This ropeway covers the 1,700 meter horizontal distance and 488 meter vertical distance between Daikanbo and Kurobedaira on the Kurobe Alpen Route. It is notable for having been built without support pylons in order to maintain the scenery and protecting the environment. It is also Japan's longest unsupported ropeway. Passengers can enjoy great 360-degree panoramic views of the Ushiro Tateyama Peaks to the East, the great slopes of Daikanbo to the west, and Kurobedaira Station and Lake Kurobe below. Depending on the timing, you may be able to see the Garve sightseeing boat that operates on Lake Kurobe. In the autumn sightseeing season, the mountains are carpeted in red autumn foliage, creating a magical scene.

    Setting-off from Toyama before 08:00am to tackle the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route as far as the Kurobe Dam, before returning to Toyama, it was around 11:00am by the time I reached Daikanbo. The day...

  • Uozu Buried Forest Museum
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    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...

  • Etchu Gokayama Ainokura Gassho-style Village
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    53 Reviews
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    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.

    I preferred Shirakawago to Ainokura, but since there are very few tourists in Ainokura we could see tiny frogs and big grasshoppers in the woods in the viewpoint at the begining of the village. The...

  • Manga Road
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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...

  • Imizu-jinja Shrine
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    56 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.

  • The Suiboku Museum, Toyama
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    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...

  • Taishi-do Temple
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    47 Reviews
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    Toyama Nanto-shi Inami 3050 Inami Betsuin Zuisenji
    This temple hall was rebuilt in 1918 using the skills of Inami carving. The multi-story temple is roughly 29 meters on a side, with a total area of 840 square meters, and in the center of the main hall lies the foundation stone bestowed by Emperor Go-Komatsu, and a statue of the two year old Prince Shotoku bequeathed by Shakunyo. The two side shrines hold images of the founding abbot Shakunyo and Zensui-ji temple's former abbots. Every July 21-29, they hold a Taishiden-e ceremony.

    A temple opened in 1390 is the largest wooden Buddhist temple in Hokuriku region. The woodcraft was spectacular. Worth a visit.

  • Roadside Station Marchen Oyabe
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    Toyama Pref. Oyabeshi Sakuramachi 1535-1
    This roadside station is west from Noetsu Expressway's Fukuoka Interchange on the Oyabe Bypass. The station features a food court full of items that can only be eaten there. Some of their notable offerings include local delicacies like their Oyabe white ramen, which utilizes local ingredients, as well as unique items like their carbonara-style soft-serve ice cream, which combines soft-cooked eggs with powdered cheese. The facility also offers a dog park where you can let your pup off the leash, as well as foot baths. The tourist rental bikes available at the station make it a convenient hub for sightseeing in the city.

    常連さんグループで仕切っていました。 新米が入ると数匹が威嚇して吠えても飼い主は知らん顔、おびえる愛犬を抱っこして5分で退散!抱っこした私にも、飛びかかってきも飼い主は知らんぷり噂のとうりでした。

  • Toyama Municipal Folk Museum, Toyama Castle
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    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...

  • Kokando Museum
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    47 Reviews
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    Toyama Pref. Toyamashi Umezawachou 2-9-1
    "The medicine manufacturers of Toyama are famous for creating the ""Etchu Toyama no okigusuri,"" in which medicines are left with a customer and only paid for when used. This museum features exhibits about Kokando, one of the most prosperous of these companies. The museum, a three-minute walk from Toyama City Tram Line Kokando-mae Station, is adjacent to Ryuzoji Temple. Free parking is also available. The museum's primary exhibits include ancient documents, materials about the medicine trade, and valuable materials owned by Kokando. The museum also plays videos on a big screen about the history of the medicine industry in Japan from the Edo period to today, as well as the pharmaceutical manufacturing process. The museum also features dioramas portraying scenes such as the Edo Castle stomach-ache incident, which lead to the spread of Etchu Toyama medicine in Edo, and of medicine peddlers plying their wares."

    Kokando is a manufacturer of Sino-Japanese medicines with 300 years of history. As soon as you approach it, youll notice the distinctive odor of traditional herbal medicines. The kind ladies at...

  • Tateyama Caldera Sabo Museum
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    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...

  • Ooiwasan Nissekiji Temple
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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...

  • Tateyama Tunnel Trolley Bus
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    Toyama Pref. Nakanikawaguntateyamamachi Ashikuraji Beechzaka outside 11 national forest Murododaira Hei
    This underground trolley bus, the only one of its kind in Japan, operates in the 3.7 kilometer-long Tateyama Tunnel that runs right under Mt. Oyama, the main peak of Mt. Tate. It is notable for how it runs on electricity provided by overhead lines, just like a train. This prevents exhaust gasses from accumulating inside the tunnel and also helps protect the natural environment. The trolley bus departs every 30 minutes and reaches the next station in about 10 minutes. Riding inside the long tunnel that connects Daikanbo Station with Murodo Station almost feels like exploring a cave. Sightseeing information is broadcast on the intercom during the ride, which increases passengers' excitement for the upcoming parts of the Tateyama Kurobe Alpen Route.

    Originally opened for operation with normal diesel buses in 1971, the tunnel was re-equipped for trolleybus operation in 1996. There are 8 buses in total (numbered 8001 ~ 8008), and seem to...

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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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