Toyama is a small prefecture on the coast of the Sea of Japan. It has mountainous borders inland with wonderful natural views, hiking trails, hot springs and even a glacier! The port capital has an international history and a rich seafood culinary tradition, and of course, Toyama is home to the UNESCO site "Ecchu Gokayama Ainokura Gassho-zukuri Village" with it's perfectly preserved thatched-roofed houses. This prefecture may be tiny (only 50km across) but it has many hidden gems to offer the adventurous traveler.
Toyama prefecture is particularly great for those who want to experience Japan's natural beauty. Be it glaciers, mountain trekking routes, or old thatched roof buildings, Toyama is a snapshot of a simple, natural life.
Toyama is probably one of the very few places in Japan that allow you to see and play with snow in the heat of summer. The Tateyama Kurobe route, known for the 20-meter-high snow walls, is best accessed between mid-April and November.
The one-day itinerary takes you to Murodo Station, the Mannen Yuki, a semi-permanent snow bank, and hot springs along the river side of the Kuronagi river.
Railways are the major means of transportation in Toyama. From Osaka, it takes about 3 hours to get to Toyama Station using the JR lines. From Tokyo station 2 hours, and Nagoya about 3 and a half hours.
Toyama is well-known for its Masuzushi, a pressed sushi, which typically features slices of vinegared and salted trout, tightly wrapped onto beds of rice with a fragrant bamboo leaves. Toyama's clear, pristine water is also used in brewing its famous Sake.
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