The Shoryudo is located in the very center of Japan. The Shoryudo offers regional sightseeing routes that provide the best this region has to offer, with themes that include “mountains”, starting with Mt. Fuji, Japan’s most famous mountain; “food and famous sake brands” that are produced by the region’s abundance of clean water; history and traditional cultures shaped by the “samurai”; and “manufacturing” that is the creation and the...Read More
Toyama Castle (富山城), also known as Azumi Castle, is a flatland castle located in Toyama city. While most people might not travel out of their way to visit this castle, it is located just a few minutes walk from Toyama Station. Jinbo Nagamoto originally constructed Toyama Castle in 1543 as the residence of Maeda clan, who were the lords of the Toyama feudal domain. A few decades later in 1585, it was attacked and destroyed by Hideyoshi...Read More
Toyama is a city rarely visited by foreign tourists, although it is a popular destination for locals, especially in the Takayama area. While many people come to enjoy larger shopping malls and a more varied assortment of restaurants than what they have back in Takayama, there are other places of interest that make Toyama a worthwhile city to visit. The Toyama Folkcraft Village is a nice place to start your day. The area can easily be...Read More
“Gokayama” in Toyama Prefecture, where “gassho-zukuri” houses are well preserved, is on the World Heritage List together with “Shirakawa-go” in Gifu Prefecture.
Unlike Shirakawa-go which can be easily accessed from Takayama, Gokayama has not been spoiled with too many sightseers as it is secluded. Both Gokayama and Shirakawa-go are located in a valley surrounded by high mountains, therefore these villages had nothing to do with the modernization after the Meiji Restoration in the 19th century....Read More