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Situated roughly in the northern center of Honshu, Toyama shares its border with Niigata and Nagano in the east, Gifu in the south, and Ishikawa in the west. Toyama City is located centrally and well known as the gateway to the Northern Japan Alps, home to the world-famous Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. To the north of the city lies Toyama Bay, one of the richest fishing areas in Japan. Local festivals, including the Ecchu-Owarakaze-no-bon and the Mugiya-matsuri Festival, are performed in each region within Toyama Prefecture.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
The Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route is a 90-km mountain tourism route, which connects Tateyama Station in Toyama and Shinano Omachi Station in Nagano and provides a stunning panorama view of the Tateyama Mountain Range. Enjoy the alpine nature without heavy climbing equipment, however, sneakers, an umbrella and a cold weather outfit are necessary.
Toyama City boasts some of the freshest seafood in Japan and agricultural products thanks to its rich natural resources. Each spring, the snowfall covering of the Tateyama Mountain Range melts and flows into the rivers and riverbeds. The clear water contains an abundance of minerals, leading to more fertile soil and in return, helps grow good tasting produce. Koshihikari, the most popular brand of rice in Japan, is grown in many rice paddies in Toyama and more than twenty-five vegetables and ten fruits are harvested in the region. Among other local specialties is Masu-sushi, made with rice produced in Toyama and rainbow trout and fresh seafood from the bay, such as firefly squid (which has an uncanny shine), white shrimp, and yellowtail fish.
The yen is the official currency of Japan. Many stores and restaurants also accept major credit cards, which usually offer you a good exchange rate. There is no limit on the amount of any currency that may be brought into or taken out of Japan. However, if you transport (any currencies, checks, securities or other monies) exceeding 1,000,000 yen worth in Japanese currency into or out of the country, then you must complete a customs declaration.
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