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Toyama 富山県

Magnificent panorama view of the 3,000-meter-high Tateyama Mountain Range. Traditional culture and beautiful views of the four seasons.

Situated roughly in the northern center of Honshu, stretching from north to south, Toyama shares its border with Niigata and Nagano in the east, Gifu in the south, and Ishikawa in the west. Surrounded by steep mountains on three sides, and spreading its fields as if to embrace the deep bay, the prefecture is a small area, only 50 kilometers in radius, with the prefectural capital Toyama City at its center. Over the years, Toyama has enjoyed a relationship with other countries located on the opposite shore, such as countries on the Asian Continent and the Korean Peninsula. With its advantages and rich experience, Toyama has played an active role as the center of the Northwest Pacific Region.
 
Toyama is also rich in nature, and people clearly see the transition of seasons while watching various creatures and plants each season. The world-famous Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is not the only place you should visit: the Kurobe Valley (a hidden scenic spot you can travel by trolley), the Unazuki-onsen (one of the most famous hot springs in the Hokuriku region), the World Heritage Gokayama Village in the 'gassho-zukuri' style, and Zuiryu-ji Temple (a national treasure) are other must-see spots among many.
 
Toyama Bay is one of the richest fishing areas in Japan, and benefits from the water from melting snow pouring from the 3,000-meter-high Tateyama Mountain Range into the 1,000-meter-deep bay. Fresh seafood from the bay, such as firefly squid (which has an uncanny shine), white shrimp, and yellowtail fish are all local specialties that you can enjoy.

Local festivals, including the Ecchu-Owarakaze-no-bon and the Mugiya-matsuri Festival, are performed in each region within Toyama Prefecture.
 

Directions

From Tokyo:
[Air] 1h from Haneda to Toyama Airport.
[Rail] 3h 10 min from Tokyo via Echigo-Yuzawa Station (JR Joetsu Shinkansen Line) to Toyama Station by JR Hokuriku Line.
*2h 7 min by JR Hokuriku Shinkansen (from March 2015)

 

From Osaka:
[Rail] 3h 10 min to Toyama Station by JR Hokuruku Line.

 

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