Shinminato Uchikawa cruise in Toyama, Japan


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While Toyama Prefecture in the western part of Japan’s main island might not be a typical destination for international tourists, it has plenty to offer in terms of nature and history as you can read in this travel guide. Geographically, Toyama is a very unique place; there is the Tateyama Mountain Range which is a part of the Japan Alps in the southeast that has 3000 meter-high mountains, and on the opposite side of the spectrum, Toyama Bay is very deep with the deepest part being more than 1000 meters deep.

Most tourists come to Toyama to enjoy the wild nature of a part of the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, which is one of the most famous mountain routes in Japan. You can enjoy the Kurobe Gorge by railway, too. Another attraction of Toyama is fresh seafood. Because of the depth of Toyama Bay, a variety of fish can live there. Some of the most famous types of seafood from the region are firefly squid, white prawns, and amberjack in winter.

Check out our package tour in the region if you are interested in discovering Toyama and its natural gems!

  • Shinminato | Toyama Travel Guide

    Shinminato | Toyama Travel Guide

    Shinminato is a town in Imizu City facing Toyama Bay. You can enjoy watching crab auctions and fresh seafood at the fish market, a beautiful sailing boat, and a nostalgic canal cruise.

  • Takaoka City

    Takaoka City

    Takaoka in Toyama prefecture has plenty of attractions; beautiful scenery on the coastline, unique history, metal production, an anime museum, and more!

  • Oiwasan Nissekiji Temple

    Oiwasan Nissekiji Temple

    Oiwasan Nissekiji is an off the beaten path Buddhist temple founded about 1,300 years ago in Toyama. Learn more about the ‘waterfall practice’ you can do here!

  • Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

    Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

    How to best enjoy one of Japan’s most beautiful natural areas, the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route? Follow this itinerary to see the autumn foliage and high snow walls in Toyama.

  • Kurobe Gorge Railway

    Kurobe Gorge Railway

    In the Kurobe Gorge in Toyama, you can enjoy breathtaking views from the Kurobe Gorge Railway train. See what there is to discover in this beautiful natural area!

  • Toyama City Travel Guide | Toyama

    Toyama City Travel Guide | Toyama

    Toyama city doesn’t get many foreign visitors, but there are several attractions that make the prefectural capital worth a visit. Learn more about Toyama’s attractions!