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Toyama

Mountainous scenery and a spectacular snow corridor

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Takaoka

Takaoka

Takaoka is a popular stop in Toyama Prefecture due to its proximity to the Gokayama historic villages. The city has a rich history in the metal industry and is also home to one of Japan's three Great Buddha statues. The Takaoka Great Buddha was completed in 1933 and cast in bronze. Rivalling Nar..

Toyama City

Toyama City

Toyama is the capital city of Toyama Prefecture, and is perfect for people who are interested in history, art, and medicine. The Toyama Glass Art Museum houses a great variety of glass art from all over the world. Its stylish building was designed by famous architect Kuma Kengo and is definitely a p..

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Umi Akari: Relaxed Toyama Bay Hotel

Umi Akari: Relaxed Toyama Bay Hotel

Spacious rooms, onsen and gorgeous seafood dinners, what else can you want from your accommodation? This all and more you will get at Umi Akari, a hotel located at Toyama Bay in Himi City. Toyama Bay's panoramic views are not to be missed. What..

Raichozawa Campsite

Raichozawa Campsite

Mount Tateyama in Toyama Prefecture is probably the easiest mountain to reach in the Japanese Northern Alps. It can be easily accessed with the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route that connects east and west bases of the mountain (in Nagano Prefecture and T..

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Inami Wood Carving

Inami Wood Carving

Inami Town in Toyama Prefecture is well-known for their skilled wood carvers and sculptors. There are 120 wood carving workshops spread out throughout the town with 300 wood carvers. It is said to take ten years at least before someone can reach the ..

Washi Wonders in Gokayama

Washi Wonders in Gokayama

Washi is Japanese hand-made paper. While there are many places in Japan where washi is made, the Etchu Washi, Japanese paper made in Gokayama, has actually been designated as one of Japan's Traditional Crafts. Etchu is the old name of present-d..

Toyama Bay Cycling Courses

Toyama Bay Cycling Courses

Getting up in the morning and taking the train into Himi, I was pleasantly surprised with one of the nicest days I've seen in Toyama. Blue, clear skies and plenty of sun. Today, we were going on a friendly cycling tour along the beautiful Amaha..

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About toyama

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
RegionChubu
IslandHonshu
CapitalToyama
Population1,093,247
Area4247.61 sq. km

The characters for Toyama mean “abundant in mountains,” and just as its name suggests, its many 3,000-meter mountains offer challenging hikes for outdoor enthusiasts.

Though lesser known than the nearby Shirakawa-go, the Gokayama district is famous for its similar gassho-zukuri style houses and is a World Heritage Site as well. The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is a scenic drive in the warmer seasons but is surrounded by walls of snow (often higher than 10 meters tall) in the winter.

The powerful Kurobe Dam in Kurobe Gorge is the largest dam in Japan, while Zuiryu-ji is the prefecture's only national treasure. Dishes of buri, or yellowtail, is the prefecture's speciality cuisine.

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