Spots in Takaoka / Himi Area

  • Zuiryu-ji Temple
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    4.5
    284 Reviews
    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.

    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...

  • Himi Banya-gai Harbour Market
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    4.0
    247 Reviews
    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.

    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...

  • Mitsui Outlet Park Hokuriku Oyabe
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    3.5
    87 Reviews
    Shopping
    Toyama Pref. Oyabeshi Nishinakano 972-1
    The first outlet mall in the Hokuriku area as well as the western side of Honshu, Mitsui Outlet Park Hokuriku Oyabe opened in 2015. Located in Oyabe, Toyama, busses travel directly to the mall from Isurugi Station and Kanazawa Station. Consisting of two floors, the facility hosts shops from top international brands and casual brands, lifestyle goods stores, food shops, and restaurants, totaling some 160 establishments in all. The facility boasts one of the greatest number of shops of any outlet mall in the country. The spacious grounds also host a 50 meter tall Ferris wheel and a kids space, making it easy for families to enjoy a relaxing time shopping as well.

    It should be very new. The GPS of the rental car did not have its record. It is not like those outlet I visited in the past. It is a two storeyed shopping mall. We visited there on Monday late...

  • Shinminato Kittokito Market
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    3.5
    82 Reviews
    Shopping
    Toyama Pref. Imizushi Kaioumachi 1
    This seafood market located close to Toyama Prefecture's leading fishing port Shinminato Fishing Port, is approximately a 10-minute walk from Shinminato Station on the Manyo Line. Including glass shrimp admired as the gems of Toyama Bay, snow crab and firefly squid, it offers plenty of fresh seafood just caught at Shinminato Fishing Port. At the seafood restaurant Kittokito-Tei, you can enjoy seafood dishes abundantly using seasonal ingredients with views of Shinminato Bridge. Their filling set meal filled with glass shrimp is particularly recommended.

    Very small scale fishermen market. Free parking. Nothing interesting from the viewpoint of tourists. Seafood items were mostly frozen. Few restaurants were open. Food items did not look appealing and...

  • Imizu-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    56 Reviews
    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.

    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.

  • Takaoka Otogi no Mori Park
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    4.0
    37 Reviews
    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."

    A big park with a river flowing through it. Unfortunately everything is barren in December. Specially visited here for the 6 statues of Doraemon characters and I do not think it is worth travelling...

  • Manga Road
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    3.5
    62 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Roadside Station Marchen Oyabe
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    3.0
    20 Reviews
    Transportation
    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。

  • Takaoka Mikurumayama Museum
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    4.0
    33 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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!

  • Takaoka Art Museum
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    4.0
    30 Reviews
    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.

    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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    4.0
    26 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Himi City Shiokaze Gallery (Fujiko Fujio (A) Art Collection)
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    4.0
    27 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Toyama Himi-shi Chuomachi 3-4
    This gallery on National Route 415 in Chuo-machi, Himi City. It has a collection of art by Himi native manga artist Fujiko Fujio (A). In addition to original panels and reproductions, there is an area introducing popular character of his including The Monster Kid and Ninja Hattori, and visitors can tour a reproduction of the room at Tokiwa-so where Fujiko spent his younger days. There is also a manga library, and they hold events like manga workshops as well.

    Its a small but nice gallery, 10 minutes walk from the JR station. Along the road, you wont miss the those ninja statues, temple and the Clock, so it would be a very nice and leisure walk.

  • Sugano Family Manor
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    4.0
    23 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Toyama Takaoka-shi Kifunemachi 36
    This merchant's house was designated an Important Cultural Asset in 1994 as the best of Takaoka's earthen-walled townhouses in terms of scale, quality, and level of preservation. The walls are finished with black plaster, and the second floor has a set of double doors. The roof has a boxed ridge, as well, and all of these are hallmarks of Takaoka earthen-walled town house construction. The Sugano family built a vast family fortune from the beginning of the Meiji period when the fifth generation head, Denemon, began trading on routes to Hokkaido.

    This house is typical of the style of merchant houses which have occupied this road for over 400 years ago. This home is full of opulence with the wood carvings in the tops of the walls between...

  • Himi Seaside Botanical Garden
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    3.5
    15 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Toyama Pref. Himishi Yanaida 3583
    This botanical garden located at Matsudae no Nagahama is a 15-minute walk from JR Himi Line Shimao Station. It raises some 300 varieties of plant, including beach plant?s from all across Japan. In their greenhouse, visitors can view tropical plants such as palm trees and hibiscus, as well as the sago palm, often called a living fossil. Visitors can also enjoy viewing the plants while taking a relaxing walk on the beach promenade. The glass-walled scenic restaurant on the fourth floor is famous for its delicious Italian cuisine and its great views of Toyama Bay. It is a popular spot for families.

    This is a nice little garden respite, but it is very tiny. Hopefully given time it will expand further on the gardens they currently have

  • Natural Hot Spring Spa Kaiou
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    4.5
    12 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Toyama Pref. Imizushi Kaganomiya 361
    This hot springs spa adjacent to the roadside station Kamonpa-Ku Shinminato is a 20 -minute bus ride from JR Kosugi Station via the Kitokito Bus (Imizu City Community Bus) Shinminato-Kosugi Line. The baths open in the morning at 5:00 a.m. and close at 11:45 p.m. at night. The spa's 50 degree centigrade hot spring water, sourced from 1,200 meters below ground, has unusually high hypertonicity, meaning it is easily absorbed by the body. It warms the body to the core and is believed to help with nerve pain, poor blood circulation, and chronic women's diseases. The spa's restaurant features relaxed tatami-style seating. Its zarusoba (chilled soba noodles served on a bamboo strainer) and soy milk soft-serve ice cream are popular choices. The spa also offers packages for girls' nights out that allow you to enjoy the hot springs without having to bring anything.

    色んなクチコミで書かれてますが、外観も店内もいい意味で濃い! 外観の派手なネオンが特徴的ですが、 地元のお客さんの 「田んぼの真ん中にあってどこにあるかわからない」 という意見からネオンをつけるようになったようです 至る所に店主の方の営業努力や心意気が感じられて楽しいです。 靴箱の上の無数のウルトラマンのお面があったり ワンピースのジグソーパズルが壁にあり、 昭和の駄菓子屋のような店内で...

  • 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 City Earthen Walled House Town Museum (Former Murosaki Family Manor)
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Toyama Takaoka-shi Konmadashimachi 26
    This manor belonged to the Murosaki family, one of Takaoka's leading merchants and dealers in cotton yarn and fabrics up to 1945, and is now opened to the public by the city as a museum. The Yama-cho Suji street is lined with machiya townhouses that bring out the particular characteristics of earthen-walled buildings. You can take a full tour of the main building. There are also displays related to the history of Takaoka's town building, and earthen-walled construction.

    このいえのこと、伊藤博文と関わりがあったこと、家の作りのこと、お祭りのこと、北前船のことたくさんの話を聞けました。時間があまりなかったのですが一時間ほどがあっという間でした。中に入って 暮らしぶりを見た方がいいと思います。

  • 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.”
  • Kokutai-ji Temple
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    4.0
    13 Reviews
    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.

    If youre interested in learning Zazen meditation, this temple is open for bookings. Apparently some companies book their employees in for conference and Zen meditation courses. For these, the...

  • Hojozu Hachimangu Shrine
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Toyama Imizu-shi Hachimanmachi 2-2-27
    This ancient shrine is believed to date back to 747. It venerates the Emperor Ojin, and enshrines the Emperor Nintoku. It is still revered as a local shrine to this day. The shrine grounds hold monuments engraved with poems from Otomo no Yakamochi, and from Basho.

    富山県射水市八幡町の八幡様。すぐ側には大伴家持らの歌に詠まれた万葉故地の奈呉の浦があります。 放生津八幡宮に向かう県道350号沿いの風景が美しかったです。別に歴史的な建築物がある訳ではないのですが、特別景観を損なうようなものがなく整然としていて素敵でした。 その道を進んで行くと、道を遮るかのように放生津八幡宮の入口の鳥居と社号標がありました。まるで県道350号が放生津八幡宮に行くためにつくられた道...

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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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