Accommodations in Toyama
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Museum Hopping in Toyama
- Museum hopping is a great way to spend a day in almost any fairly big city in Japan, as there is no shortage of art, culture and science across the country. The city of Toyama is no exception, with an interesting array of choices for those looking to spend some time admiring local art or learning about the wider area’s history and culture. Getting Around First things first, Toyama is very well connected in terms of public transport. There are several options available to those wanting to hit multiple spots in a single day, these include local trains, buses and trams – all of which use the main Toyama station as their starting hub. Information on routes and timetables can be found at the station, or at one of the city’s Tourist Information centers. There is of course also the option of traveling by taxi. This abundance of public transport options makes our suggested itinerary of museums listed below easy to navigate. A Local Tram leaves Toyama Station The Toyama Glass Art Museum Based inside the strikingly beautiful Kirari Building which was designed by revered Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, is the Toyama Glass Art Museum. Kirari opened in 2015 making it one of the city’s more modern pieces of architecture, and the building alone is well worth coming to see with its unique and innovative interior made of wooden beams and large slabs of locally made Toyama Glass. The building also has several cafes, restaurants and quiet work spaces. The museum is home to a large permanent collection of decorative glass artworks gathered from around the world, and is situated over six floors. There are also separate exhibition spaces for temporary art shows, and the building also houses the city’s public library, which is also spread over several floors. On the sixth floor you can find the Glass Art Garden, which is home to a collection of art pieces and installations by artist Dale Chihuly, an American artist with strong connections to Japan and Japanese culture. Inside the Toyama Glass Art Museum The Entrance to the Glass Art Garden Coming for the Architecture alone is well worth it Onomatopoeia Rooftop at Toyama Prefectual Mueseum of Art and Design There is a fun, interactive rooftop in Toyama dedicated to learning and remembering the onomatopoeia words that used in everyday Japanese language! Wait… What’s “onomatopoeia”? Good question…Onomatopoeia is the process of creating words that phonetically imitate or resemble the sounds that they describe. A few simple examples in the English language include the words “tick tock”, “beep beep” and “cuckoo”.Ok! Now, on the roof of the Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design building there is a large open space that is home to the Toyama Onomatopeia Rooftop Playground! It has a series of interactive attractions that move or act in a way that will help you remember examples of onomatopoeia used in the Japanese language. Some examples of this are “fuwa fuwa”, “guru guru” and “hiso hiso” – curious as to what these words mean? You had better go and see for yourself! Onomatopeia Rooftop Playground Onomatopeia Rooftop Playground Onomatopeia Rooftop Playground Hotel Grand Terrace, Toyama Once you’re done with the museums it’s time to put your feet up, kick back and relax! There are no shortage of hotels in and around Toyama City, but if you’re having trouble settling on one, we can recommend Hotel Grand Terrace, situated just a few minutes from Toyama Station. They have a mix of both Western and Japanese style rooms, with good dining facilities. Breakfast is served in a buffet style with a decent selection of foods including traditional Japanese, traditional English, fruits and cereals. The key to enjoying any sightseeing trip is a comfortable place to rest your head at the end of the day, and Hotel Grand Terrace have this covered! Hotel Grand Terrace, Toyama Sweet Room ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
- 11. July. 2019
Stay at a Traditional Guest House in Toyama
- Despite Japan’s pride in many of its customs, traditional Japanese guest houses can be hard to find due to hosts believing most travelers are more comfortable with modern accommodation. While modern hotels often offer little character, a traditional ryokan promises a new experience and these two in Toyama Prefecture are here to do just that. Yamashita-ya Guest House The rural location of Yamashita-ya Guest House in the southwestern Nanto region of Toyama is well worth the trek. Tucked away in a valley surrounded by the dramatic scenery of the Gokayama mountains, this unassuming guest house is just a five-minute bus journey from the thatched roofs of Ainokura Village. Yamashita-ya Guest House Whether you’ll be occupying one bed in a shared dormitory or you’re looking for a bit more space in a private room as a couple or family, the experience is guaranteed to be a traditional Japanese one with the whole guest house decked out with tatami mat flooring and slippers provided to shuffle around the cosy rooms. A night in a dormitory comes in at just 3,000 yen and private rooms are up to 15,000 yen for a six-person room. Add the optional breakfast for 400 yen. Yamashita-ya Guest House Along with the counter seats for breathtaking views over the garden and surroundings, one of the guest house’s main interior features is its bar which serves up local craft beers til 10:30pm. Although nightlife isn’t what people come to the Nanto mountains for, just a short walk down the road to Murakami-ke hamlet are a number of restaurants including one that specialises in all things tofu. Make it for the last weekend of September and you can catch the traditional dance festival when the valley echoes with the joyful sounds of the local celebrations.Make your way to the guest house either by car where you’ll be greeted with free parking outside the hostel or take the 90-minute bus ride from Takaoka for just 1,200 yen. Daibutsu Ryokan Daibutsu Ryokan In the heart of Toyama’s craft-centric city of Takaoka is the 80-year-old Daibutsu Ryokan. This authentic guest house acquired its name for its location just a stone’s throw from the Takaoka Daibutsu, a Great Buddha statue with a neighboring temple on its grounds. Welcomed in by the modest host, one step inside the building and you can feel its age and history while the soft carpeted corridors give the peaceful guest house a homely vibe. Daibutsu Ryokan Located over the two-story building are twenty traditional tatami rooms which range from 3,000 yen per person for a basic room up to 10,000 yen per person if you’re looking for a little more luxury. For the higher end guest rooms, paper sliding doors divide the spacious bedrooms from your own private balcony which gives views onto the traditional Japanese gardens found in the center of the house. Meals are also included in some of the more pricey deals with the option to add on Japanese breakfast or dinner. Daibutsu Ryokan ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
- 30. August. 2017
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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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