History / Culture / Tour Spots in Toyama Area

  • 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...

  • Ainokura Folklore Museum
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    29 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...

  • Imizu-jinja Shrine
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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.

  • Kurobe River Electric Memorial Museum
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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...

  • 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.

    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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    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...

  • The Suiboku Museum, Toyama
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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...

  • Inami Betsuin Zuizenji Temple
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    Toyama Pref. Nantoshi Inami 3050
    This temple of the Ohtani sect of Shinshu is a branch of Kyoto's Higashi Honganji Temple. During the Warring States Period, it served as a base for the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist uprising. It is notable for the stout stone walls surrounding the temple buildings. Located in a residential area a 15-minute drive from Hokuriku Expressway's Tonami Interchange on Route 156, the temple's biggest attraction is the carvings located all over its buildings. All of the decorative carvings were created by craftspeople from the wood carving district in Inami, part of present-day Nanto City. Visitors can bear witness to the superior skills of the expert carpenters and wood carvers who built the temple.

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

  • 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.

    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...

  • 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...

  • Hie-jinja Shrine
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    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. "

    Among the top 3 biggest Tokyo festivals with the Fukagawa and the Kanda festivals. On Friday, June 8, they had their parade, a long walk and an all day affair. Since Tokyo is too busy with too many...

  • 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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    37 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...

  • Yatsuo Hikiyama Exhibition
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    Toyama Pref. Toyamashi Yatsuomachikamishinmachi 2898-1
    This hall exhibition Yatsuo's famous Hikiyama festival floats is next to the Hikiyama Tenjikan-mae bus stop, an 11-minute bus ride from JR Takayama Main Line Etchu-Yatsuo Station. The six 7.5 meter-tall floats, each decorated with dazzling carvings representing the pinnacle of Etchu artistic handicraft, have been designated as Toyama Prefectural Tangible Folk Cultural Properties. Three of the floats are on permanent display. The hall also features exhibits on the history and tools of sericulture (silk farming) in Yatsuo, as well as a collection of woodblock prints by printer maker Akiji Hayashi. The hall also holds Kaze no Bon stage shows on every second and fourth Saturday. Attendees can thoroughly enjoy the shamisen and kokyu (traditional Japanese string instruments) performances, magnificent dances, and other great parts of the Owara Kaze no Bon Festival.

    This museum also hold a Owara Kazenobon Dance show on every other Saturday. Better watch it, if youd visit this small town.

  • Toyama Science Museum
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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 Mikurumayama Museum
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    33 Reviews
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    Toyama Pref. Takaokashi Moriyamamachi 47-1
    This museum houses a permanent exhibit on Takaoka's mikurumayama floats, which have been designated by the government as both important tangible and intangible folk cultural properties. Only five of these floats exist in Japan. The history of the floats is said to have begun when Maeda Toshinaga, the town founder of Takaoka, gave a coach used when Hideyoshi Toyotomi welcomed Emperor Goyozei to Jurakudai in 1588 to the people of Takaoka. The gorgeous floats are decorated with a variety of industrial arts including goldsmithing, lacquer work, dyeing, and weaving. The museum's first floor exhibits a mikurumayama float designated as an important tangible folk cultural property, as well as parts of mikurumayama floats. Its second floor features hands-on exhibits on the music that accompanies mikurumayama floats and on mechanical dolls.

    Very helpful and obliging staff who ensured we understood about the floats, had fun dressing up and enjoyed the exhibits. Good souvenir shop and cafe. Well worth a visit!

  • Ensho-no-Yakata
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    Toyama Pref. Nantoshi Suganuma 134
    The Ensho-no-Yakata (Nitrate Museum) is located adjacent to the Gokayama Folk Museum in Suganuma, Nanto City. The Museum has displays on the manufacturing of nitrate (a key ingredient for making gunpowder), which was a major industry in the Gokayama district in the days when this region was ruled by the Kaga Domain. Dioramas etc. are used to bring to life every stage in the production process, from raw materials extraction through to manufacturing and shipment, enabling visitors to learn about the history of nitrate production.

    菅沼合掌造り集落にあります。当時の塩硝の作り方が詳細に説明されていました。山の草だけでなく蚕の糞や人の小便なども原料だったとのことです。鉄砲が日本に伝来してからは塩硝は養蚕と並んで重要な収入源だったようです。時間があれば訪れてみてはと思います。

  • Koshi no Kuni Museum of Literature
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    Toyama Pref. Toyamashi Funahashiminamichou 2-22
    This museum is a place for people to experience the wonder of works by authors with ties to Toyama Prefecture, as well as those set in Toyama. The museum features permanent exhibits on the personal histories and careers of artists with ties to Toyama Prefecture such as Yoshie Hotta, Fujiko Fujio A., and Fujiko F. Fujio, including original manuscripts. Hometown Literature Storehouse 1 features a stunningly massive 13 meter-long, five meter-tall stack packed with literary works tied to Toyama Prefecture. Some of the books and comics in the Library Corner can be viewed. There are also digital picture books on how manga and anime are created, as well as a kid's space, making the facility well-suited as a destination for a family outing.

    富山には数度訪れていますが、高志の国文学館を初めて立ち寄りました。 藤子不二雄(A)(本名...

  • Takaoka Art Museum
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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...

  • Fukuoka Camera Museum
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    26 Reviews
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    Toyama Takaoka-shi Fukuokamachi Fukuokashin 559
    This museum dedicated to the joys of camera, photography, and cinema culture opened in 2000. Ever since, it has collected and displayed photography related materials, and served as a gallery displaying the work of photographers at the front lines of the artform. Their collection gallery displays various pieces at all dimes, and they also have special exhibits that change to fit various themes three times a year.

    たまたま開かれていた安珠さんという写真家のトークイベントに参加することが出来ました。ただ話を聞くだけのイベントでは無く、その方の撮った写真を見ながら、場内を巡ってお話を聞くというもので、その時初めて知った方でしたが、楽しい時間を過ごすことが出来ました。 常設は全国から集めたカメラの展示などが中心の様ですが、カメラに興味が無かったので、どれほどすごいものかは分かりませんでしたが、やはり何かの写真展...

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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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