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Takaoka

Historic town with a scenic coast and giant Buddha

About Takaoka
Photo: Michael Mighty

Things to do in Takaoka

Upcoming Takaoka Events

Takaoka Castle Park Sakura Festival

Takaoka Castle Park Sakura Festival

Apr 1st - Apr 15th

Toyama's Takaoka Castle has almost 2000 cherry trees dotting the park grounds, ensuring there is plenty of springtime beauty..

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Takaoka Mikurumayama Festival

Takaoka Mikurumayama Festival

Early May

Takaoka's Mikurumayama Festival, a 400 year old parade celebrating the founding of the city. One of only five festivals in Japan..

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Latest Takaoka Reports

Takaoka Lacquerware

Takaoka Lacquerware

Alena Eckelmann

Japanese lacquerware, or Shikki, has gained popularity around the world. Takaoka is one of Japan's famous lacquerware production..

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About Takaoka

Takaoka is a popular stop in Toyama Prefecture due to its proximity to the Gokayama historic villages. The city has a rich history in the metal industry and is also home to one of Japan's three Great Buddha statues.

The Takaoka Great Buddha was completed in 1933 and cast in bronze. Rivalling Nara's Buddha at Todaiji Temple and Kamakura's Daibutsu, it is Takaoka's icon and should not be missed.

Zuiryu-ji Temple is a zen temple that is a National Designated Treasure of Japan. Its design is a nod to architecture from the early Edo period and was built to mourn the death of Maeda Toshinaga, a pioneer in Takaoka.

Takaoka Castle Park is a prime location for cherry blossom viewing. Takaoka Castle was demolished in the early 17th century as laws stated then that only one castle could exist within a domain. Today, however, its former site contains several points of interest such as Imizu Shrine, the Takaoka Art Musem, and theTakaoka Municipal Museum. 

Head down to Yamachosuji Street and the Kanayamachi District for historic areas that merchants and craftsmen used to traverse with their goods. The paths that line the streets are a throwback to the foregone years and make for a good history lesson.

North of Takaoka, the Amaharashi coast lies in a shroud of fog that is a great backdrop for avid photographers.

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