Toyama 富山

view over Toyama City in Toyama Prefecture

Toyama is located along the coast of the Sea of Japan in the Chubu Region. The prefectural capital is Toyama City with a population of about 417,000 people. A part of the Japanese Alps also run through the prefecture.

Things to see in Toyama

Some of the most visited sightseeing spots in Toyama.

  1. Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

    cable car on the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

    The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route allows visitors to take in the beautiful views of the Japanese Alps by transportation using ropeways, buses and cablecars. The route, closed to private vehicles, connects Toyama City to Omachi Town in the neighboring Nagano Prefecture.

    walking through the 20 meters heigh snow corridor on the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

    How to get there

    From Tokyo ride the JR Hokuriku Shinkansen to Toyama, taking about 130 to 160 minutes.

  2. Shirakawa-go and Gokayama

    gassho-zukuri farmhouses in Shirakawa-go in Toyama Prefecture

    Designated UNESCO World Heritage sites, the picturesque and historical villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama are situated in the Shogawa river valley on the border of Toyama and Gifu prefectures. The villages are famous for their many traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses, with some of the houses more than 250 years old.

    Gassho-zukuri translates to "hands in prayer construction", and refers to the farmhouses steep thatched roofs that looks like a Buddhist monks hands in prayer. The gassho-zukuri style of roofs are very sturdy and effective in withstanding the large amounts of snow that falls in the region during winter. The scenic villages are a popular tourist attraction and during some evenings in January and February also offers illumination of the many farmhouses.

    winter illuminations of farmhouses in Shirakawa-go in Toyama Prefecture

    How to get there

    From Tokyo the fastest route is by riding the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Toyama, and from there going by bus directly to Shirakawa-go. The train ride takes about 130 to 170 minutes depending on the train. While the bus to Shirakawa-go takes about 90 minutes one way.