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  • Toyama Municipal Folkcraft Village
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    5.0
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    Toyama Pref. Toyamashi Anyoubou 1118-1
    The Toyama Municipal Folkcraft Village is a complex dedicated to history and culture, located at the foot of Mt. Kureha in Toyama Prefecture. A Folk Art Museum, with displays of folk handicrafts, was opened on the site in 1965. Subsequently, additional museums were opened, including a Museum of Archeology displaying archeological finds, etc., the Museum of Medicine Peddlers, telling the story of the Toyama region’s itinerant medicine vendors, etc.; today, the Village comprises a total of seven museums and two other facilities. The Museum of Ceramic Art and the Clay Dolls Studio offer experiential activities where visitors can try their hand at decorating bowls or clay dolls. Each of the museums offers plenty to see, and the opportunity to learn more about the lives of past generations.

    This Folkcraft village is about a 10 minute bus ride from Toyama train station in a peaceful forested garden. Allow about 2- 3 hours here to view all the buildings including the traditional thatched...

  • Toyama Glass Art Museum
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    4.5
    302 Reviews
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    Toyama Pref. Toyamashi Nishichou 5-1
    The Toyama Glass Art Museum, which opened in 2015, is a museum that aims to spread awareness of the beauty of modern glass art and of its future potential. The Museum has displays of modern glass art works from the Museum’s own collection (which were collected by Toyama City Government over a period of 30 years), along with a glass art garden, and also holds a variety of special exhibitions and other events. The Museum is located around one-minute walk from the Nishicho Station on the Toyama Chihou Railway “Shiden” tram line.

    If you are thinking stuffy old museum filled with glass bottles and stainglass think again. Building is light and airy, cleverly designed in wood and glass. Visiting Exhibition on Italian glass...

  • Toyama Municipal Family Park
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    4.0
    62 Reviews
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    Toyama Pref. Toyamashi Furusawa 254
    The Toyama Municipal Family Park is surrounded by nature and rich verdure, and makes fun for the whole family with its focus on animals, mountain villages, and local community. Divided into three sections—an animal corner, a large lawn, a section with amusement park rides—it makes for a great time with nature or a barbeque. With many events such as the night zoo, you can interact with animals in a variety of ways, and see them in a more natural state. 10 minutes by car via Kosugi Interchange, a Hokuriku Expressway.

    Enjoy the lovely gardens! Have a BBQ - bring your own or be fully catered for! Great place for kids to safely play! Fun playgrounds!

  • Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design
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    4.5
    64 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.

  • Rakusuitei Museum of Art
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    Toyama Pref. Toyamashi Okudashinmachi 2-27
    "This modern art museum is a ten minute walk north from JR Toyama Station. The name stems from the fact that the arbor in the garden was named ""Rakusuitei"" (literally meaning ""pavilion for enjoying the greenery"") by Otani Kosho, who was the head monk of Nishi Hongan-ji Temple. The main gallery is located inside of a nostalgic old Japanese-style house. It displays works of pottery and handicrafts that harmonize with the four seasonal faces of the museum's Japanese garden. The museum also has a gallery built inside of an old renovated storehouse. It serves as a place to exhibit a variety of expressions, embodiments, and challenges, including both flat and three-dimensional pieces. The museum's shop, located inside of a modern western-style building, offers a selection of souvenirs characteristic of Toyama Prefecture including original merchandise and artisanal pottery."
  • Mori Shusui Museum of Art
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    4.5
    11 Reviews
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    Toyama Pref. Toyamashi Sengokumachi 1-3-6
    This art museum is located on Sannomachi Crossing due-south of JR Toyama Station on National Route 41 is focused primarily on Japanese swords and knives, a rarity even in Japan. Its collection includes two hundred Japanese swords from the Heian period to the modern era. Its exhibits are centered on the works of sword smiths with connections to the Hokuriku area, such as notable Toyama Prefecture sword smiths Norishige and Go no Yoshihiro, the latter of which being one of the Nihon Sansaku (the three best sword smiths in the eyes of Toyotomi Hideyoshi). Visitors may also see works by notable artists of the Nihonga style of painting such as Yokoyama Taikan and Kawai Gyokudo. The museum's first floor also features a shop and cafe, creating an atmosphere that makes it a destination for sword-loving ladies.

    This museum specialises in Japanese swords and has over 40 historically significant pieces on display. It shows how these blades are made and gives the background and history of each exhibit. You are...

  • The Suiboku Museum, Toyama
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    4.5
    48 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...

  • Toyama Science Museum
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    4.0
    33 Reviews
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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.

  • Botanic Gardens of Toyama
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    4.0
    40 Reviews
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    Toyama Pref. Toyamashi Fuchumachikamikutsuwada 42
    This botanical garden is a 15-minute walk from the Chuo Shokubutsuen-guchi bus stop, a short bus ride from JR Toyama Station. The garden features some 4,900 species of plant from around Japan and the world. This includes more than 100 varieties of plants from China's Yunnan Province, the largest collection of its kind in Japan. From early to mid-April each year, visitors can enjoy seeing the garden's 300 meter-long row of cherry blossom trees illuminated at night. In the summer, you can try standing on a Victoria amazonica water lily, and the garden stays open for two nights. The garden's fan club organizes a number of events all year round that are fun for people of all ages, including arts and crafts with seasonal flowers, a Christmas concert, and more.

    The entrance fee JPY500. Lovers of Garden will love this big spacious space. There is a beautiful lake and the back was the Northern Alps. As it is the Sakura season, the garden was lined with Sakura...

  • Toyama Municipal Folk Museum, Toyama Castle
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    3.5
    54 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...

  • Toyama City Takamura Gyujin Memorial Art Museum
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    Toyama Toyama-shi Anyobo 1000
    This art museum is in the Toyama Municipal Folkcraft Village, in Anyobo, Toyama City. It displays work by Japanese-style painter and Toyama native Takamura Gyujin. It offers a chance to admire his ink wash paintings, made using a Kappitsu technique in which a half-dry brush is applied to the surface of a piece of paper, and are marked by detailed lines and shaded depths.

    明治34年生まれの富山市出身の画家、篁牛人の作品を展示する美術館。入ってすぐから、大作が並びます。 墨絵のようでいて、大胆かつ繊細。独特の美しさもあるし、圧倒的なユニークさがあって、心地よいインパクトを感じました。

  • Toyama Municipal Folkcraft Museum
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    Toyama Toyama-shi Anyobo 1104
    This museum is in the Toyama Municipal Folkcraft Village, in Anyobo, Toyama City. It uses a wooden warehouse built in 1879 and transferred to this location, and displays old daily tools. The grounds also have Museum of Folklore, Gyujin Memorial Art Gallery, Museum of Ceramic Art, and Museum of Archeology.
  • Energy Science Museum Wonder Lab
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
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    Toyama Toyama-shi Ushijimacho 18-7
    This science museum is inside Urban Place community hall in front of Toyama Station, in Ushijima-cho, Toyama City. It offers chances to learn about power generation systems, the history of electricity, and electricity in daily life, through displays and activities. On weekends and holidays, they have events like experiment shows and workshop classrooms, and in their Wonder Theater, you can experience the world of energy in a 3D film. Reservation required on weekdays.

    北陸電力が運営している無料の科学館です。 体験型の設備で電気(できだけではなく物理現象も)のことが学べます。 電気事業の歴史や電気/電力の仕組と発展の歴史がパネル展示でも紹介されています。大人だけでも勉強になります。

  • Toyama Prefectural Center for Archaeological Operations
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    Toyama Toyama-shi Chayamachi 206-3
    This museum is on Prefectural Route 207, Chaya-machi, Toyama City. Its collection includes the nationally designated Important Cultural Properties Sakai A Ruins Artifacts, as well as artifacts collected by Toyama archaeologist Shosaku Hayakawa. There are clay and stone tools excavated from prefectural ruins, as well as bones and other Buried Cultural Properties on display, to help teach about local history up close. They also have ancient historical activities like learning to make fire.
  • Toyama City Inotani Sekishokan Museum
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    Toyama Toyama-shi Inotani 978-4
    This gallery is in Inotani, Toyama City, in front of Inotani Station. This was the location of an important position on the Hida Kaido Road, on the border between former feudal domains Etchu and Hida, and holds exhibitions related to the Nishi Inotani Checkpoint built here by the Toyama Domain. It exhibits old documents, and a recreation of the checkpoint in wood, to help teach about Inotani of the time period, as well as the Hida Kaido Road, Jinzu Gorge, and Enku Buddha statues.
  • Toyama Outdoor Nature Museum Nei no Sato
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    Toyama Toyama-shi Fuchumachi Yoshizumi 1-1
    "This nature observation facility is in Yoshizumi, Fuchu-machi, Toyama City. It offers a chance to see wild birds, plants, aquatic creatures, and more in zones like Forest Habitat, and Waterside Habitat, all themed around the idea of ""rediscovering the nature around us all."" The exhibition hall offers temporary exhibits, and permanent taxidermy exhibits, on the theme of cohabitation between people and creatures, as well as holding seasonal nature observation meets and nature activities."
  • Toyama City Sato Memorial Art Museum
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    3.5
    24 Reviews
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    Toyama Toyama-shi Honmaru 1-33
    This art museum is in Joshi Park, Honmaru, Toyama City. It was opened in 1961 under the leadership of Tonami City native businessman and master of tea ceremony Sukekuro Sato. Its collection focuses on pottery, paintings, and ancient art of Asia. In addition to the gallery, it also has two tea rooms donated by the Sato family, the Ryuteian and Joan.

    Small museum and you can get a combined ticket with the Toyama City Local Museum (Castle). Your experience really depends on the quality of the special exhibition (as there really isnt much to see...

  • Otani Wago Children Art Museum
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    Toyama Toyama-shi Furukajimachi 1-17
  • Toyama Prefectural Hall Art Museum
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    Toyama Toyama-shi Shinsogawa 4-18
  • Sakanomachi Art Museum
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    1.0
    1 Reviews
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    Toyama Pref. Toyamashi Yatsuomachikamishinmachi 2696

    閉館していました。元々、個人美術館なので、展示物を鑑賞するというより、八尾町旧町特有の、鰻の寝床のような(もと、民家)建造物に魅力が有りましたが。美術館としての機能は、働いていませんが、「風の盆」とか、「曳き山」の時は、休憩所とか、企画展示とか、何となく「盛り上がっている」感じが出ています。

Toyama Areas

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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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