About Toyama
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.

Things to Do in Toyama

Latest travel features

Toyama Bay Cycling Courses

Exploring the courses through mountains and by sea

Japan Alpine Tour

Beat the heat and enjoy beautiful scenery

The Wonders of Toyama

Many great attractions without the crowds

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

A scenic mountain crossing in the Northern Alps

Community discussion

Tonami Tulip Fair 2015

An amazing array of colors

Fantastic place! In Japan I always visit flower festivals. Wonderful video! Thanks!

The Ever Changing Toyama Coast

Two different faces of Noto Peninsula in autumn

First photo is epically beautiful!

Toyama Bay Cycling Courses

Exploring the courses through mountains and by sea

Wow! I don't know if I'm skilled enough for the long courses but the short ones look fun!

Yakou Matsuri

Massive floats slamming into each other!

Great photos, Jonathan! But, from your story I feel like watching photos is safer! ; ) : )