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