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  • Thatched-Roof Houses of Ainokura Village
    280 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.

    A perfect place to experience traditional Japanese hospitality, lovely Lady host. Lovely and delicious Kaiseki dinner, tasty breakfast. Comfortable farm house in a beautiful part of Japan, Highly...

  • Shinminato-ohashi Bridge
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    Toyama Pref. Imizushi Honmachi 2-10-30
    The largest cable-stayed bridge in the Japan Sea region, the Shinminato-ohashi Bridge links the east and west coasts of Toyama Shinko port in Imizu City, Toyama Prefecture. It is 3.6 kilometers long, with the main section suspended over the sea coming in at 600 meters and the main tower 127 meters tall. The contrast between the blue sea and white tower is splendid, as is the view of the sprawling Japan Sea, the Tateyama mountain range, and the Noto Peninsula from the elevated road and the walkway on the lower level.
  • Yamabiko Observation Deck
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    Toyama Pref. Kurobeshi Kurobekyoukokuguchi 11
    This observation deck is a three-minute walk from the Kurobe Gorge Railway Main Line's Unazuki Station. Located above Shin Yamabiko Bridge, it offers views of the trolley car that operates on the bridge, Kurobe River, and the surrounding area. The picture of the trolley car coming out of the tunnel you occasionally see in posters and other places in the area was taken here. A copy of the trolley's time table is posted at the deck so you can see when it arrives at Unazuki Station. We especially recommend the fall foliage season, which sees many people arrive to take pictures.
  • Kurobe Dam Observation Deck
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    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.
  • Sankyoson Observatory
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    Toyama Pref. Tonamishi Gotani 160
    "This observation deck a 20-minute drive from Hokuriku Expressway's Tonami Interchange offers a view of the settlements scattered across the Tonami plains. From there, you can also see as far as Toyama Bay and the Sea of Japan. In summer, your view of the land below will be filled with verdant rice paddies. The beautiful moonlit night scenery is also a must-see. The observatory, which sits at an altitude of some 400 meters, is also popular for its nighttime views due to the nearly 180 degree field of view. It has also been designated as one of Toyama prefecture's best ""hometown views."" "
  • Toyama Port Observation Tower
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    Toyama Pref. Toyamashi Higashiwasemachi Coastal street 5
    As the name suggests, this free observation deck offers views of Toyama Port. Visitors can look down on the good old townscape of Iwase from 20 meters up. On clear days, you can see the Toyama Bay as well as the Noto Peninsula and the Tateyama Mountain Range. The views are so good, you may end up staying longer than you intended, which may be the secret to the tower's popularity. The unique exterior design, reminiscent of a stone garden lantern, was modeled after the lighthouse that helped guide ships in the port during northbound ships sailing. Embued with a sincere wish for safe shipping and the prosperity of the port, the tower continues to watch over Toyama Port, a key port for trade throughout the Sea of Japan.
  • Yamabiko Walking Trail
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Toyama Kurobe-shi Unazuki Onsen
    This magical spot allows a view of both Kurobe Gorge and its trolley train. The red bridge's name, yamabiko (mountain echoes) comes from the sound of the trains echoing in the valley and through the hot spring town. Located in a spot accessible by a walking trail from Unazuki Station, it's also a very popular spot to view the beautiful fall foliage.
  • Suwamachi Street
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    Toyama Pref. Toyamashi Yatsuomachisuwamachi
    This cobbled street in Suwamachi, Yatsuo-machi, Toyama City is lined with traditional buildings with tiled roofs, white plaster walls, and latticed doors. The historic neighborhood is a popular spot for experiencing the atmosphere of days long past. It was even selected as one of 100 Best Roads in Japan. It is one of the venues of the Etchu Yatsuo Owara Kaze no Bon, the forlk music festival, held from the first to the third of September each year.
  • Shinkiro Road Mirage Observatory
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    Toyama Uozu-shi
    A lookout along Uozu city's Mirage Road, a coastal area around Uozu Port. You can look out across the entirety of Toyama Bay and being one of the best locations to view the mirage has earned this location the name of the Mirage Observatory. In the local area, you'll also find the Uozu Buried Forest Museum, the Marine Station Mirage, and the Horizon of Wind, Mirage, monument by local sculptor Onari Hiroshi.
  • Okukane Bridge
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    Toyama Kurobe-shi Kurobe Okuyama Kokuyurin
    This 34 meter high bridge is found on the walk toward Babadani Valley from the final stop on the Kurobe Gorge Railway, Keyakidaira Station. The solidly built bridge is painted deep red, and the color matches the green of the valley below perfectly. In the fall foliage season, it draws massive crowds. The peak foliage season is from late October through mid-November.
  • Kurobe Mannen Yuki Observation Deck
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    Toyama Kurobe-shi Kurobe Okuyama Kokuyurin
    This observation deck is quite close to Kanetsuri Station on the Kurobe Gorge Railway, and offers a view of firn. It has been accumulated snowfall on Mt. Hyakkan slides into the valley and recrystallizes under the pressure to create a solid mass that won't melt even in summer. The observation deck has benches, and it's perfect for a break on long walks.
  • Kawara Observation Deck and Footbath (Keyakidaira)
    1 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Toyama Kurobe-shi
    This observation deck is located a ten-minute walk from the final stop on the Kurobe Gorge Railway, Keyakidaira Station. You can enjoy a foot bath with an up-close view of the Kurobe river. It's a great place to relax and enjoy a view of surrounding mountains and the beautiful river.


  • Ikujinaka-bashi Bridge
    3 Reviews
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    Toyama Kurobe-shi Ikuji Aimonocho
    This portable bridge crosses Kurobe Port, in the Ikuji district of Kurobe City, Toyama prefecture. It was built during the Showa era to allow crossing of Kurobe Port to expand the port, and at first was a full draw-bridge style, but now half of the bridge rotates to allow passage. It's a rare design, and was the first such rotating half-bridge in Japan.

    生地名水めぐりをしていると、ルート上に出現するので、自然に巡り会える。見た目は、至って普通の小さな橋。これが、跳ね上がって船を通すんですね~~~?つか、橋の構造を観察すると、本当に可動式で、でも、何㌧もの車を(普段は)通すので、継ぎ目に隙間もなく、がっしりしている、 船が通って本当に跳ね上がるか、しばらく待っていたが、見られなかった。残念。

  • Daikanbo Unjo Terrace
    2 Reviews
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    Toyama Nakaniikawa-gun Tateyamamachi
    This terrace is at Daikanbo Station on the Tateyama Trolley Tunnel Bus and Tateyama Ropeway lines. It protrudes over a sheer cliff over Daikanbo peak, and although there is no outside access apart from on the roof, the station rooftop observation platform offers a fantastic view. The huge panorama of lake Kurobe and Ushiro Tateyama, featuring the pinnacle of the Alpen route.


  • Scattered Village Viewing Plaza
    Travel / Tourism
    Toyama Tonami-shi Gotani 160
    This facility offers a view of the dispersed settlements of the Tonami plain. The parking is close by, and there are no stairs to climb, so it's easy to access for all ages. The sunset is particularly beautiful, and in the rice planting season the sunset reflected on the water-filled paddies is stunning. From early December through mid-April, the roads are often closed due to snow so take care.
  • Manga Road
    57 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.

    Himi is a small fishing city along the Sea of Japan in Toyama Prefecture and Manga Road is one of its points of interest. We spent around 45mins there walking along the main street taking photos of...

  • Iwase
    Travel / Tourism
    Toyama Toyama-shi Iwase Chiku-ku
    This area faces Toyama bay, in northern Toyama City. The Kitamae-bune ships helped spur the growth of this port town as they carried goods on the Sea of Japan from the Edo into the Meiji periods, and many buildings of Kaisen donya wholesaler in port are still preserved today, maintaining the old atmosphere. The house of the Mori family, Kaisen donya which made their fortunes in shipping, is a nationally registered Important Cultural Property.
  • Toyama City Hall Observation Tower
    Travel / Tourism
    Toyama Toyama-shi Shinsakuramachi 7-38
    This free observation deck is in the Toyama City Hall, on Joshi-odori avenue in Shinsakura-machi, Toyama City. Located 70 meters in the air, and offers a lovely 360 degree panorama view of the Toyama Cityscape, Tateyama mountain range, Toyama bay, and more. There are binoculars with audio guide attached, and on Christmas, New Year's and during the White Illumination Toyama event, they have special opening hours.
  • Kaze no Shiro (Castle of Wind)
    Travel / Tourism
    Toyama Toyama-shi Osawano Area
    This observation facility is in Sarukurayama Forest Park in Prefectural Route 67, in Funakura, Toyama City. Located around the 345 meter high peak of Mt. Sarukura, it offers a view of the Toyama plain and Toyama bay, and in fall you can enjoy the foliage of Jinzu gorge. The deck has a barbecue area, and the grounds also have a lawn, play equipment, and campground.
  • Homei Bridge
    Travel / Tourism
    Toyama Takaoka-shi
    "This bridge was named after the verse in Shijing, the oldest Chinese poetry book, with the meaning ""The phoenix cries out, here is the high hill (Takaoka) it calls home."" It crosses the Senbo River, which flows near Kanaya-machi, the heart of Takaoka's metal casting industry. There are two phoenix statues made by Naoki Tominaga to the left and right of the bridge. Takaoka City became a metal-casting center in 1609, when Maeda Toshinaga invited seven metal casters here to build casting workshops and help bolster the castle town's economy."

Toyama Areas


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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