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Two buses going down to Bijodaira station, Tateyam, Toyama Prefecture, Japan = shutterstock

Two buses going down to Bijodaira station, Tateyam, Toyama Prefecture, Japan = shutterstock

Toyama Prefecture: Best Attractions and Things to do

Toyama prefecture is on the Sea of Japan side. Toyama prefecture is often called "Hokuriku region" together with Ishikawa prefecture and Fukui prefecture. You can see the Tateyama mountain range in the northernmost part of the Japanese Alps, even from the city center of Toyama city. Every year, snow falls tremendously in the Tateyama mountain range. When spring comes, as the picture above shows, the snow is removed and the bus starts to pass. You can get on the bus and go to see the snowy wall.

In the central part of Honshu, there is a mountainous area called "Japan Alps" with an altitude of 3000m = Shutterstock 1
Photos: Do you know "Japan Alps"?

Japan is a mountainous country. To the north of Mt. Fuji, there is a mountainous area called the "Japan Alps." Mountains with an altitude of 2,000 to 3,000 meters are lined up. Hakuba, Kamikochi, and Tateyama are all part of the Japanese Alps. There are many mountain resort areas that can ...

Outline of Toyama

Snow mountain at Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Japan destination travel. The landscape in Toyama city, Japan.

Snow mountain at Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Japan destination travel. The landscape in Toyama city, Japan. = Shutterstock

Map of Toyama

Map of Toyama

 

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route=Shutterstock
Photos: Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

If you are planning to travel to Japan from late April to early June, I recommend the mountain area from Tateyama to Kurobe in central Honshu. From Tateyama to Kurobe, you can move easily by connecting the bus and ropeway. You will surely enjoy the amazing snow scene. Table of ContentsPhotos ...

Snow wall, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Japan - Shutterstock
12 Best Snow Destinations in Japan: Shirakawago, Jigokudani, Niseko, Sapporo snow festival ...

On this page, I would like to introduce about the wonderful snow scene in Japan. There are many snow areas in Japan, so it is difficult to decide the best Snow Destinations. On this page, I summarized the best areas, mainly in places popular among foreign tourists. I will share it ...

The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is one of the world's leading mountain sightseeing routes that traverses the mountainous region of Central Honshu at an altitude of 3000 m. It is a magnificent route from Tateyama station in Toyama prefecture to JR Shinano-Omachi station in Nagano prefecture with a total length of about 40km and a height difference of 1,975m. Along the way, you can enjoy the spectacular scenery by using cable cars, ropeways and buses.

The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is closed during the winter when there is a great deal of snow in the mountains. It is open from mid-April to the end of November. In spring you can enjoy the amazing world of snow. In summer, you can experience the cool alpine atmosphere. And in the fall, you can admire the magnificent foliage through the ropeway.

 

Gokayama

Gokayama Village in Toyama Prefecture = AdobeStock

Gokayama Village in Toyama Prefecture = AdobeStock

"Gokayama" is a heavy snowfall area surrounded by steep mountains and snowfall of almost 2m in winter. In Gokayama, unique traditional farmers are still left. Built in an architectural style called "gassho-zukuri," these houses feature steep thatched roofs designed to help the heavy snow that is characteristic of the region.

Gokayama has two gassho-zukuri villages, Ainokura and Suganuma. There are 23 gassho-style houses in Ainokura, and there are souvenir shops, guest houses, and a museum in the village. On the other hand, Suganuma has nine gassho-style houses. Both are smaller than Shirakawa-go, but you can enjoy a more natural atmosphere.

Gokayama Village in Toyama Prefecture = AdobeStock 1
Photos: Gokayama Village in Toyama Prefecture

There are villages collectively called Gokayama in the southwest of the Tonami Plain, Toyama Prefecture. The villages in Gokayama are registered as a World Heritage site along with the famous Shirakawa-go. Gokayama is not as touristy as Shirakawago. I once interviewed a director who filmed a movie in Gokayama. He smiled, ...

 

Shogawa Gorge cruise

Shogawa Gorge cruise in Toyama Prefecture

Shogawa Gorge cruise in Toyama Prefecture

The Shogawa Gorge cruise in Toyama Prefecture10
Photos: Shogawa Gorge cruise -River cruise in a pure white world!

There is a beautiful river called Shogawa near Shirakawa-go and Gokayama, traditional villages registered as World Heritage sites. On this river you can enjoy a cruise called "Shogawa Gorge cruise". This cruise is great even in the fresh green and autumn leaves seasons. However, from late December to late February, you ...

 

Tonami Plain

Tonami Plain in Toyama Prefecture = Pixta

Tonami Plain in Toyama Prefecture = Pixta

If I was asked by someone, "Where is the most beautiful rice field landscape in Japan?" I would answer, "It's the Tonami Plain." In the Tonami Plain of Toyama Prefecture, vast rice fields spread out as shown in the above photo. About 7000 farmhouses are scattered and each has a windbreak forest. The view from the hills is spectacular.

Generally, farmhouses are gathered in rural Japan, but in Tonami Plain, farmhouses are scattered. This is because in the Edo period, each farm was given the land it had reclaimed. Each farmer built a windbreak forest around his residence. These forests served as accents, creating a beautiful rural landscape.

Tonami Plain in Toyama Prefecture = Pixta 3
Photos: Tonami Plain in Toyama Prefecture

If someone wants to take pictures of the beautiful rice fields in Japan, I recommend going to the Tonami Plain in Toyama Prefecture. In Tonami, about 7000 farmhouses are scattered and each has a windbreak forest. Rice fields spread around the houses, and the surface of the rice fields and rice ...

 

 

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About me

Bon KUROSAWA  I have long worked as a senior editor for Nihon Keizai Shimbun (NIKKEI) and currently work as an independent web writer. At NIKKEI, I was the editor-in-chief of the media on Japanese culture. Let me introduce a lot of fun and interesting things about Japan. Please refer to this article for more details.

2020-05-14

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