The prefectural capital is known for its medicine peddlers and trout sushi, and also has a thriving glass crafting tradition that got its start with the making of bottles to store Toyama medicines. What amazes visitors most, however, is the city’s state-of-the-art transportation system-particularly the Toyama Light Rail-and the beauty of sights like Toyama Castle and Kansui Park. Iwase, a famous port of call for the old kitamaebune transport ships from the Edo and Meiji period, and Etchu-Yatsuo, known for the famous Kaze no Bon summer dance festival, are also within the city limits, making Toyama a town of varied delights.
Fugan Unga Kansui Park is a water park built around the Fugan Canal, which was completed in 1935. The play of water and light is the perfect place to appreciate the beautiful and distinctive city sights of Toyama against the backdrop of the stunning Tateyama mountain range.
Tel: +81-76-444-6041 (Fugan Unga Kansui Park Center) / Unrestricted entry (observation tower open 9:00 AM-9:30 PM) / Minato Irifune-cho, Toyama, Toyama Prefecture / 9-minute walk from Hokuriku Shinkansen Toyama Station
The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama, will reopen near the Fugan Canal Kansui Park on August 26th, 2017 as the Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art & Design, not only showcasing famous paintings by Picasso etc. but also featuring design collections such as chairs or posters, for example. The rooftop garden will allow for a sweeping view of the Tateyama Mountain Range, and will be home to a uniquely designed playground centered on “onomatopee” (onomatopoeia), a space where you will be able to experience the fusion of art and design. A portion of the museum will open at the end of March (excluding the exhibition rooms), and the rooftop garden should open for the May holidays.
Tel:+81-76-444-3435 (Toyama Prefecture Cultural Promotion Division)
3-20 Kibamachi Toyama City (Part of the Fugan Canal Kansui Park)
Toyama is related to the Man’yoshu (the oldest collection of Japanese poetry) through the 223 poems composed by Otomo no Yakamochi, its famous compiler. This museum lets you get to know the charms of the authors and works related to Toyama from the time of the Man’yoshu to the present. The museum also contains a restaurant established by the famous chef Tsutomu Ochiai.
2-22 Funahashi Minami-cho 2-22, Toyama, 930-0095
Museum Hours: 9:30～18:00 (Museum entry ends at 17:30)
Museum Fees: Permanent Exhibition: Adult: 200 yen, University Student: 160 yen, 70 years old or above, high school students or younger: Free
Special Exhibition: Varies depending on the exhibit
Closed Days: Tuesday (the following day if a national holiday falls on a Tuesday)
Access: 15 minutes on foot from JR Toyama Station
Tramway towards Daigaku-mae or Loop Line: 5 minutes on foot from Kencho-mae Station
The Glass Art Museum opened its doors in August 2015 as the culmination of Toyama’s “City of Glass Art” urban planning project, and is home to a great variety of stunning works-including pieces from the workshop of modern glass art master Dale Chihuly in its permanent Glass Art Garden installation.
Tel: +81-76-461-3100 / Open 9:30 AM-6:00 PM (until 8:00 PM on Friday and Saturday), closed on the first and third Wednesdays of the month (subject to change) / General admission (permanent collection) 200yen / 5-1 Nishi-cho, Toyama, Toyama Prefecture / Take the City Tram to the Nishi-cho stop, which is 9 minutes from Hokuriku Shinkansen Toyama Station. The museum is a 1-minute walk from there.
No trip to Toyama is complete without sampling its signature cuisine. This special kind of nigiri sushi is topped with fresh seafood caught in Toyama Bay and made with Toyama-grown rice. It can be enjoyed as a ten-piece set with a classic Toyama soup for 2000yen-3500yen (plus tax) at one of some sixty restaurants in the prefecture.
Toyama has so many railways that it’s sometimes called the Railway Kingdom, home to everything from the Hokuriku Shinkansen and regular JR lines to the Ainokaze Toyama Railway, private railways, and numerous streetcars and trams. The city trains make getting around a breeze, whether you hop on Toyama Light Rail bound for Iwasehama near Toyama Bay or get on the Toyama Chiho Railway City Tram Line to access Nishi-cho, the closest stop to the Toyama Glass Art Museum. Make it a point to experience all of the railways you can as you enjoy the different sights and sounds around the city.