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Toyama, Japan

Toyama, Japan

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.

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Toyama, Japan

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The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

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.

Other Fun Things to Do

  • Hotaruika Museum The Hotaruika (firefly squid) museum offers visitors the chance to have an interactive experience with “hotaruika” and learn what firefly squids are all about.
  • Deep Seawater Experiencing Facility This facility was built to make use of seawater at a depth of more than 300m in the Toyama Bay for health promotion as the first of its kind in the world.
  • Shomyo Falls The height of the waterfall, 350m, makes the Shomyo Falls the tallest waterfall in Japan.

Get a Taste of Local Flavor

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.

Local Currency

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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    Before You Visit

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