Spots in Takaoka Area

  • 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.”
  • 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.
  • Takaoka Otogi no Mori Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Toyama Pref. Takaokashi Sano 1342
    "This park, which has a theme of ""play with nature, learn with nature, engage with friends,"" is brimming with flowers and greenery. Located a 15-minute walk from JR Shin-Takaoka Station, guests are greeted by fairies in the ""Yokoso Kadan"" (welcome flower bed) located at the entrance. The park has a wide range of other attractions including a rose garden and a row of wooden arches. You are sure to feel like you have been transported to the land of fairy tales! Another part of the park features a recreation of the vacant lot from the animated series Doraemon, even down to the earthen pipes. Visitors can fully experience the world of Doraemon. The park also has large play set and a botanical garden each designed to allow children to peacefully commune with nature."
  • Fujiko・F・Fujio Hometown Art Gallery
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Toyama Pref. Takaokashi Nakagawa 1-1-30 Takaoka Municipal Museum of Art 2F
    "This art museum a two-minute walk from the JR Himi Line's Etchu-Nakagawa Station features exhibits on the life and works of manga artist and Takaoka City native Fujiko F. Fujio. In the gallery, guests can read every page of ""Yokaijima"" (Phantom Island), a story book that Fujiko F. Fujio created by hand at the age of 14. The museum exhibits the artist's belongings, as well an area that shows how his original drawings compare with their final published versions. Other exhibits include a statue of Doraemon (one of Fujio's characters) made from Takaoka ceramic, a traditional industry of the region, as well as an original short animated film."
  • Roadside Station Manyo-no-sato Takaoka
    Toyama Pref. Takaokashi Hachigashima 131-1
    Roadside Station Manyo-no-sato Takaoka has a wide selection of souvenirs from Toyama Prefecture, over 2,000 in fact, which are loved by locals as well as by visitors. Fresh vegetables and other local specialties are in abundance, and many interesting events are held here too.
  • Takaoka Kojo Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Toyama Pref. Takaokashi Kojou 1-9
    This natural park located a 15-minute drive from the Noetsu Expressway's Takaoka Interchange was opened in 1875 on the site of Takaoka Castle, originally built by Maeda Toshinaga. The park, surrounded by three moats that have remained almost untouched since the castle was built, is one of Japan's few moated parks. The large 210,000 square-meter park houses a number of facilities including Imizu-jinja Shrine, a zoo, a museum, a gymnasium, and more. The park is home to many examples of cherry blossoms, Japanese maples, Japanese zelkovas, pine trees, and other species. It has also been selected as one of Japan's best 100 cherry blossoms viewing spots and is the main venue for the Takaoka Manyo Festival.
  • Imizu-jinja Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Takaoka Art Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Hidamari no Yu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Toyama Pref. Takaokashi Ejiri 478
    "This hot springs facility a two-minute walk from Manyo Line Asahigaoka Station is popular for the wide variety of baths on offer. The artificial simple alkaline springs utilize ""nano water,"" which has high moisture retention, transparency, and heat retention. This has earned the baths reputation for the strong sensation of warmth and skin moistness that remains after taking a bath. The facility also offers carbonated spring water baths thought to increase blood flow and have both cosmetic and health benefits. They also offer three types of sauna each full of the scent of medicinal herbs: a low-temperature steam sauna, a rock sauna, and a Finnish sauna. Fully-equipped powder rooms with a relaxed atmosphere finish off the list of the facilities guests need to maintain their health and beauty."
  • Shokoji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Toyama Takaoka-shi Fushikifurukoku 17-1
    "This temple belonging to the Jodo Shinshu Honganjiha sect of Shin Buddhism is located about a 15-minute drive from Takaoka-kita Interchange on the Noetsu Expressway. The temple has been designated as a national Important Cultural Property. It played a central role in the Etchu Ikko Ikki, a Jodo Shinshu Buddhist uprising that occurred during the warring states period. It also possesses many cultural assets such as ""rokkyoku isso,"" a painted folding screen depicting scenes in and around Kyoto. The temple is also known for its ""seven wonders,"" which consist of the fruitless gingko tree, the stone that fell from the sky, the pond that never dries, the monkey that holds up the roof, the pillar that wards off evil spirits, the flying dragon inkstone, and the three-leafed pine."
  • Kokutai-ji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Toyama Takaoka-shi Ota 184
    A Buddhist temple located in Ota, Takaoka City. The temple was founded in 1304 by the priest Jiunmyoi. The head temple of Rinzai Kokutai-ji Zen Buddhism, in the Meiji period, such prestigious personages as philosopher Kitaro Nishida and Buddhist scholar T.T. Suzuki meditated here. During a festival to commemorate the passing of the temple's founder held on June 2nd and 3rd, Zen priests wearing traditional wicker hoods provide shakuhachi flute performances.
  • Takaoka Manyo Historical Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Toyama Takaoka-shi Fushikiichinomiya 1-11-11
    A museum in Fushikiichinomiya 1 Chome, Takaoka. The permanent exhibit has materials related to the classic Manyoshu collection of poetry compiled by former lord of Takaoka, Otomo no Yakamochi and the Etchu Manyo collection left by the lord and his subordinates. Special exhibitions are also held by the museum. Outside the museum is a garden with different plants mentioned in the Manyoshu poems as well as a monument to Yakamochi.
  • Yoshimune
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Toyama Takaoka-shi Takaramachi 7-4
    An udon noodle shop in Takara-machi, Takaoka. The shop is known for their specialty curry udon. Set apart by their original curry roux which uses a blend of 16 different spices and peanuts, their curry udon often draws a line of customers to this popular restaurant.
  • Yoshitsune Iwa
    Travel / Tourism
    Toyama Takaoka-shi Ota
    "The samurai Minamoto no Yoshitsune sheltered in this rock formation when it rained while he was escaping to the safety of Mutsu Province after the Kamakura shogunate government ordered his capture. This in turn is the derivation of the area's name of Amaharashi, which literally means ""break in the rain."" The Amaharashi Coast along which the rock lies was described in Matsuo Basho's famous ""Narrow Road to the Interior"" and has been designated a Place of Scenic Beauty in the modern day. According to legend, the warrior monk Benkei also lifted the boulder in a feat of strength, and some theorize that it was once the burial chamber for an ancient tomb."
  • Kakinosho
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Toyama Pref. Takaokashi Ono 156
    A famous cafeteria located in Ono, Takaoka City, Toyama Prefecture which can accommodate providing lunch for tour groups. The restaurant serves gozen set meals and a la carte items made with the freshet seafood delights from Toyama Bay, viewed by some as a veritable natural restaurant fish tank. The Kaisen Takaoka-don seafood rice bowl is piled high with seasonal fish; the restaurant’s signature dish, many fans travel from outside the prefecture to enjoy this delicious meal. Other popular items include the Amehare konbu-meshi gozen, made with an abundance of the renowned Toyama konbu kelp; and the Japanese amberjack shabu-shabu, a specialty dish which is only offered in winter. The restaurant is spacious and bright, and Kakinosho offers a variety of seating options, including a private dining room situated inside an old-fashioned warehouse connected to the historic figure Maeda Toshinaga.
  • Ramen Jigen
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Toyama Pref. Takaokashi Suehiromachi 1-8 Wing Wing Takaoka 1F
    This ramen shop is located a two-minute walk from Kojo Koen Park Gate of Takaoka Station. They serve an improved Toyama black ramen, a mix of Toyama’s famous black soy sauce ramen with seafood stock, so it’s easy for anyone to eat. There is a wide selection, from standard pot stickers, to “Takaoka’s famous croquette,” “tororo kelp onigiri” and “Taiwan soboro don.”
  • Cafe Mimpi
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Toyama Pref. Takaokashi Nakagawamachi 10-14 Solar Building 1F
    This cafe near Takaoka Kojo Park is a 15-minute walk from JR Takaoka Station. Its menu offers a variety of dishes made with carefully-selected ingredients, including vegetables grown in-house or locally, as well as Koshihikari rice from Toyama Prefecture. In addition to their lunch menu, they also offer sweets like their vegetable and fruit parfaits and their sweet pumpkin soup. The cafe also sells their specially-made coffee beans and homemade grated vegetable dressings.
  • Ohnoya Takaoka Kifunemachi Main Shop
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Toyama Pref. Takaokashi Kifunemachi 12
    "This Japanese confectionary established in 1838 is a seven-minute walk from JR Takaoka Station's North Gate. Their famous ""tokonatsu"" sweets have been their flagship product since the Meiji period. These soft gyuhi rice cakes are stuffed with sweetened bean paste made from rare bitchu-shiroadzuki beans and sprinkled with wasanbon sugar that evokes an image of white snow. Take one bite and your mouth will be filled with the sweetness of the instantly-melting wasanbon sugar and the delicate fragrance of fine white adzuki beans. One of their most popular items is their Koshino Yakamochi, created to celebrate the shop's 180th anniversary. These rice cakes, made from glutinous rice from Toyama Prefecture known for its high viscosity, are stuffed with sweetened ultra-small Kurosengoku black adzuki beans."
  • Mikizushi
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Toyama Pref. Takaokashi Joutou 1-9-32
    This purveyor of Toyama Bay sushi is located in a residential area east of Takaoka Kojo Park. Whether it is seafood caught in Toyama Bay, natural spring water from Mt. Tateyama or Koshihikari rice grown in Toyama, the restaurant strives to use only locally-sourced ingredients. They are especially proud of their generously-portioned eel sushi. This special treat is only available when the restaurant is able to source high-quality conger eel. The restaurant offers a weekday lunch menu and a la carte nigiri sushi, making them a great casual destination for sushi.

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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