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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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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More about Toyama

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First Time in Toyama

Toyama prefecture is particularly great for those that want to experience what nature Japan has to offer. Be it glaciers, mountain trekking routes,...Read more

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Toyama Access Guide

Photo Cred: Flickr user foooomio https://www.flickr.com/photos/123468106@N03/14894581628/Train Railways are a major means of transportation in Toy...Read more

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Toyama Food Guide

MasuzushiMasuzushi is a type of boxed meal, that is frequently sold at train stations for long rides. It is a pressed sushi, served with salted and...Read more

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Kurobe Gorge

Kurobe Gorge is a natural gorge in the mountains of Toyama prefecture. It's most famous for its Autumn leaves, but is beautiful at any time! Howeve...Read more

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Top spots

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Gokayama Historical Village

In December 1995, this village was registered as an UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Visitors can see thatched-roof (gassho-zukuri-style) house...Read more

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Takaoka Big Buddha

Takaoka Big Buddha is one of Japan's most famous Buddha statues, and its reconstruction lasted 26 years.Read more

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    Kansui Park

    Kansui Park is a 9.7ha park associating the rich nature of Toyama and the history of Fugan Canal.Read more

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    Toyama Station

    First opened in 1899, this is the largest train terminal in Toyama city. The building includes a department store, food hall and restaurants servin...Read more

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    Starbucks Coffee (Toyama Kansui Park)

    This Starbucks, situated within Toyama Kansui Park, was awarded the "Best Store Award" in 2008 by the Starbucks Company for its beautiful store des...Read more

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    Takaoka Old Castle Park

    This park is built on the remains of Takaoka Old Castle, which was constructed in 1609 by Lord Maeda Toshinaga.Read more

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    Sushi Ei

    Founded in 1948, this sushi restaurant serves fresh seafood and is renowned for its long history. With just one shop in the beginning, they have no...Read more

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    Sushi Tama

    This restaurant is a local chain of “conveyor belt” (kaiten sushi) sushi restaurants. Each plate is designated with a price and at the end, the ser...Read more

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