If you’re planning a trip to Toyama, you should get more information about the places that you are going to visit. Toyama prefecture is well known for being a place full of nature. You can see a wide variety of nature that will make you feel relaxed. Let’s check out these following beautiful spots in Toyama!
#1. Kurobe Dam
Kurobe Dam, the largest arch type concrete dam in Japan was completed in 1963. Throughout the year, rich and clean water is created and is used for many purposes such as hydroelectric power generation, water supply, etc. The dam’s discharge for tourists is carried out during the day from late June to mid-October. You can view it from various angles, with a big panorama.
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Address: Ashikuraji, Tateyamamachi, Nakanikawagun, Toyama Prefecture
Access: 16 minute bus ride from Ougizawa Station and gett off Kurobe dam bus stop
Open Period: April 16 – November 30
Website: Kurobe Dam
Ai no Kura Gassho Zukuri Shuraku, has the characteristic structure which is named Gassho. It is a Japanese traditional architectural style, characterized by steep roofs. There are still residents living within the village making it a valuable place to the get a real feeling of Japan’s classic countryside. Depending on the time of day it is possible to view the illumination of the village, and it becomes a fantasy world that is so very different from the villages daytime scenery.
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Ai no Kura Gassho Zukuri Shuraku
Address: Ainokura, Nanto City, Toyama Prefecture
Access: 25 minute bus ride from Johana Station and get off at Ainokuraguchi bus stop and 3 minute walk from there
Hours: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Website: Ai no Kura Gassho Zukuri Shuraku
#3. Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, is a mountain sightseeing route connecting Tateyama Station (Toyama Prefecture) and Fanazawa Station (Nagano Prefecture). As for this area, it is difficult to enter with most vehicles because the road is steep. You will cross the Tateyama by ropeway, cable car or old-fashioned trolley bus. However, the nature seen there just as the road turns rugged seems to have come from another world! It is a definitely a once in a lifetime experience for sightseeing.
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Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Address: Ashikuraji, Tateyama, Nakaniikawa District, Toyama Prefecture
Access: 3 minute walk from Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route Murodo Terminal
Time table: Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Website: Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
#4. Amaharashi Beach
Photo Credit:Izu navi
Amaharashi Beach is a coast located in the northern part of Takaoka city, in Toyama Prefecture. It is a famous coast where magnificent Toyama Bay and Tateyama mountain (3,000 m class) can be seen at the same time. Near Kearashi, the early mornings of winter on the Ameyasu coast are often met with amazing storms. It is said that a strange phenomenon occurs because cold air on the land slowly flows down to the sea causing fog to occur from the water vapor on the sea surface. It is a rare moment that can be seen only when various conditions overlap during a storm.
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Address: Ota, Amaharashi, Takaoka City, Toyama Prefecture
Access: 5 minute walk from JR Amaharashi Station
Website: Amaharashi Beach
#5. Fugan Canal Water Park
Fugan Canal Water Park , is a city park surrounded by beautiful greenery, only a 10-minute walk from the entrance of JR Toyama Station. At in the evening the water park is replaced by bustle of night, the entire park is colored with beautiful illuminations and is wrapped in a romantic atmosphere. It is a famous spot for a date. Although it is a great place to visit alone, I would recommended visiting as a couple! There is Starbucks in the park if you would like to enjoy coffee while watching beautiful scenery. However, it is worth mentioning that this is a specialty Starbucks store and only 13 exist nationwide. You can also access the Starbucks from the station, so it is perfect for killing time until your train arrives!
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Fugan Canal Water Park
Address: 5 Minato Irifunecho, Toyama City, Toyama Prefecture
Access: 9 minute walk from Toyama Station
Hours: 24 Hours
Website: Fugan Canal Water Park (Japanese)
#6. Unazuki Onsen
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Unazuki Onsen, is the largest hot spring village in Toyama in the eastern part of Toyama Prefecture (Kurobe-shi). Not only hot springs but plenty of inns, hotels, souvenir shops and other shops line the are attracting many tourists. In addition, it is also a starting point for the truck train of “Kurobe Gorge Railroad” previously introduced. It is a great place to heal a tired body with hot springs and experience the nature of the nearby mountains. It is said that the hot spring water of Unazuki Onsen is weak in alkaline and does little to irritate the skin. Furthermore, because it contains a lot of bicarbonate ions and minerals, it is said to stimulate the nerves of the intestines. It is surrounded by great nature and it gives you a blissful feeling, being soaked in one of the best hot springs in the world.
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Unazuki Onsen Tourist Information Center
Address: 260 Unazukionsen, Kurobe City, Toyama Prefecture
Access: 1 hour by train from Toyama Station
Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Website: Unazuki Onsen (Japanese)
#7. Toyama Black Ramen
Toyama Black Ramen, is a kind of local noodle that originates from the center of Toyama city in Toyama Prefecture. Not only the ramen but also the colorful soup inside Toyama prefecture is famous. Now, after winning recognition as a Toyama’s local ramen, the number of stores that serve the dish have increased dramatically. Although, it has not yet achieved majority positions in terms of market share throughout the nation.
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Address: 1555-1 Hibari, Imizu City, Toyama Prefecture
Access: 5 minute walk from Toyama Station
Hours: 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Website: Menya Iroha
#8. Kurobe Gorge Railway
Kurobe Gorge Railway, is located in the eastern part of Toyama prefecture, it is a large canyon that forms a deep V-shaped gorge that stands out in the upper and middle waters of the Kurobe River that flows down the entire length of its 86 km. Here you can enjoy a beautiful natural 360 degree panoramic view. Moreover, you can reach this amazing nature by train in about 1 hour and 30 minutes each way from Unazuki Station.
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Kurobe Gorge Railway
Address: 11 Kurobe Kyokokuguchi, Kurobe City, Toyama Prefecture
Access: 5 minute walk from Unazuki Onsen Station
Hours: 7:32 AM – 3:40 PM
*Closed December – April
Website: Kurobe Gorge Railway
#9. Shomyo Falls
Shomyo Falls, is a large waterfall that boasts Japan’s furthest drop of 350 meters. Is knows as a nationally designated scenic location and natural monument. It was also part of “100 Japanese Waterfall Elections” selected by public offering in 1990. The “Phantom waterfall” appears on the right side of the falls and the second section, called “Hanoki Falls”, only appears when water levels increase. Some times the drop at the falls reaches close to 500 meters, although, because it does not always appear it is not recognized as the furthest drop.
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Address: Ashikuraji, Tateyamamachi, Nakaniikawagun, Toyama Prefecture
Access: 15 minute by bus from Tateyama Station and get off at Shomyo Daki bus stop 30 minute walk from there
Katsuradai – Hiryubashi (late April – mid-November)
Hiryubashi – Takimidaienchi (laterApril – mid-November)
Website: Shomyo Falls
#10. Murodo Daira
Photo Credit: Kentaro Ohno
Murododaira, is located at an altitude of 2,450 m and is the center of the alpine route in Japan. It is a great base for sightseeing. Nearby you can see “Mikuri Dake Pond”, the deepest alpine lake in the Japanese Alps, and “Jigokudani” where you can witness volcanic activities. You can feel the magnificence of nature here.
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Address: Murodo, Tateyamamachi, Toyama Prefecture
Access: 5 minute walk from Murudo Station
early April to later November every nomal year
*it changes by the state of snow fall
Website: Murodo Daira
#11. Takaoka Big Buddha
Takaoka Big Buddha, is an Amitabha Nature image of about 16 m high in Otemachi, Takaoka city, Toyama prefecture. Alongside Nara and Kamakura, it is called on of “the three biggest Buddha in Japan”. It is a symbol of Takaoka city.It is located in the city area about 10 minutes from the nearest station JR Takaoka station and about 16m towering up in the city. This big Buddha-like figure weighs an outstanding 65 tons!
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Takaoka Big Buddha
Address: 11-29 Otemachi, Takaoka City, Toyama Prefecture
Access: 10 minute walk from JR Takaoka Station
Hours: 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Website: Takaoka Big Buddha
#12. Tonami Tulip Gallery
Photo Credit: Tonamy Tulip Gallery
Tonami Tulip Gallery, is a tulip park adjacent to the east side of a tulip museum. In the museum you can learn the history of tulips, their science and their history.Here you can see tulips bloom throughout the four seasons. There is a terrace where you are able to enjoy the flowers in different seasons, halls that can be used for various events, museum shops, cafes and so on.
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Tonami Tulip Gallery
Address: 100-1 Nakamura, Tonami, Toyama Prefecture
Access: 15 minute walk from Tonami Station
Hours: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
310 yen (Adult)
250 yen (Senior)
150 yen (Junior)
Website: Tonami Tulip Gallery