ToyamaToyama 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.
Kansui Park is a 9.7ha park associating the rich nature of Toyama and the history of Fugan Canal.
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) houses here, examples of an old Japanese farmhouse style. Gokayama Village houses 23 Gassho-style houses, many of whic
First opened in 1899, this is the largest train terminal in Toyama city. The building includes a department store, food hall and restaurants serving Toyama's famous seafood products, such as shirohebi (white shrimp). As of 2015, the station is a major stop for
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 design. Visitors can enjoy a cup of coffee while admiring the Tenmonkyo Bridge and the canal.
Takaoka Old Castle Park
This park is built on the remains of Takaoka Old Castle, which was constructed in 1609 by Lord Maeda Toshinaga.
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 server will tally up your plates with your total. Menu highlights include scallop, toro (fatty tuna), uni (sea urchi
Located right beside Toyama station, this restaurant serves one of Toyama's signature produce: shiroebi, white shimp. Shiroebitei's two best-known dishes are shiroebi tendon, white shrimp tempura rice bowl, and shiroebi sashimidon, white shrimp sashimi rice bo
Uozu Sky Hotel
Uozu Sky Hotel offers accommodation in Uozu. Each room is equipped with a flat screen TV with satellite channels. You will find a kettle in the room. Every room is equipped with a private bathroom fitted with a bath.
At Akaokan, guests can relax in the spacious public hot-spring baths and visit the World Heritage Gassho-style houses. Japanese Yukata robes are provided for all guests and all rooms come with tatami (woven-straw) floors.
A 10-minute drive to JR Uozu Station, this hot-spring bath hotel offers a relaxing escape from the city. It features Western and Japanese-style accommodation and free private parking.
Guest House YAMASHITA-YA
Featuring free WiFi, Guest House YAMASHITA-YA offers accommodation in Nanto, 30 km from Kanazawa. Free private parking is available on site. Shirakawa Village is a 40-minute bus ride away. Free transfer to the Gokayama area is pro
River Retreat Garaku
River Retreat Garaku offers luxurious modern rooms and suites for a peaceful getaway on Jinzu River. The hotel houses two restaurants, a café, free-access sauna and hot spring baths as well as an aroma-treatment massage parlour.
Tonami Royal Hotel
Tonami Royal Hotel offers panoramic views over the Shio River, Tonami Plain and distant Tateyama Mountains. It features public hot-spring baths, including an open-air rock bath.
Located in the historical world heritage site of Ainokura village, Minshuku Yomoshirou offers Japanese-style accommodations in a traditional Gassho-style house with thatched roofs. Free WiFi internet is available property-wide.
Toyama Access Guide
Photo Cred: Flickr user foooomio [email protected]/14894581628/Train Railways are a major means of transportation in Toyama; the prefecture has three main lines with Ainokaze Toyama Railway, JR Line and Toyama Chiho Railway. Ainokaze Toyama Railway runs through t