About Toyama
Region:Chubu
Island:Honshu
Capital:Toyama
Population:1,093,247
Area:4247.61 sq. km

The characters for Toyama mean “abundant in mountains,” and just as its name suggests, its many 3,000-meter mountains offer challenging hikes for outdoor enthusiasts.

Though lesser known than the nearby Shirakawa-go, the Gokayama district is famous for its similar gassho-zukuri style houses and is a World Heritage Site as well. The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is a scenic drive in the warmer seasons but is surrounded by walls of snow (often higher than 10 meters tall) in the winter.

The powerful Kurobe Dam in Kurobe Gorge is the largest dam in Japan, while Zuiryu-ji is the prefecture’s only national treasure. Dishes of buri, or yellowtail, is the prefecture’s speciality cuisine.

Latest travel features

Kansui Park

Relax in the wide open spaces of this waterfront park

Yakou Matsuri

Massive floats slamming into each other!

Yatsuo Hikiyama Festival

Lantern covered floats roll through old streets

Community discussion

Yakou Matsuri

Jonathan, your portrait shots are so well done! Very impressive. And the festival itself looks like quite the event. It's almost a shame to see the beautiful floats take such a beating.

Kojo Park

This is amazing! I feel like going to Takaoka Kojo Park somewhere in November))))

Yatsuo Hikiyama Festival

It looks like a beautiful town!

Ukai Festival

These shots are really nice! Also it's good to mention that none of the birds are hurt during this, so everyone should be able to enjoy knowing that it's a mutual effort between human trainer and the...