Toyama, a city where the stunning Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route begins. Takaoka, a city known for copperware and lacquerware.
The prefectural capital, Toyama City, is located almost at the center of Toyama Prefecture. The city developed as a 100,000-koku castle town (koku: unit of measurement to assess the wealth), and now has been flourished as a city on the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and the gateway to the Kurobe Valley. Over the years, the city has also become known nationwide as a town of medicine. Toyama City’s rich nature, with water and greenery, is another asset that the city can boast. The city faces the magnificent Tateyama Mountain Range in the east and Toyama Bay, which is called the treasury of seafood, in the north.
The green Toyama-joshi-koen Park is situated in the remains of Toyama Castle, and has been loved by people as a place to relax. The Matsu-kawa River, which flows around the park, is well-known as a spot for viewing cherry blossoms and can be enjoyed from a cruise boat. Along the river, works by local sculptors are exhibited. The Minzoku Mingei-mura Village (folk art village) places Gohyakurakan, or more than 500 luohans facing Mt. Tate-yama, and is composed of a medicine museum and a folklore museum that exhibit excavated artifacts, agricultural tools, and folk art to show you how people used to live in those days.
In April 2006, Toyama Light Rail, Japan’s first full-scale LRT (Light Rail Transit) began operating. Since then, the light rail system has played a significant role in forming a public transportation network and revitalizing the central area of the city, while receiving nationwide attention.