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

Wolf Children Ame and Yuki's house

Beautifully preserved Japanese house in the mountains

Toga Village, Toyama

Japanese mountain culture

Nunobashi Kanjou

Ritual to Salvation

Community discussion

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

It's definitely worth a visit! Do note that there might not be a lot of snow left from end of june till the start of winter. So if you wanna see lots of snow, april - early june is a good time to go!

The Ever Changing Toyama Coast

Beautiful! I love first one the most...

Kojo Park

Thank you Olga.

Mount Tateyama

Yes it is.

Mount Tateyama

Thanks a lot, Daniel! I appreciate it!

Yakou Matsuri

It was this past weekend (June 13 & 14.) I'm not sure if it's on the same day every year though.

Yatsuo Hikiyama Festival

It is! If you ever get a chance, you should go there! :-)

Ukai Festival

Thanks Melissa! Good point, the birds work with the trainers from birth & are not hurt at all! They're pretty enthusiastic during the festival.