The Best Places in Toyama | japan-guide.com


Toyama prefecture lies along the Sea of Japan a unique location with a large coastline as well as mountain ranges that make up a majority of its interior here you can find traditional farmhouses tucked away in hidden mountain villages a stunning route that cuts through the heart of the Japan Alps one of the country’s deepest gorges and a multitude of other experiences worth going for. On this trip we’re going to attempt to explore Toyama prefecture’s most captivating attractions in four days Here’s the plan we start our journey by taking the shinkansen to Toyama prefecture On the first day we’ll visit Kurobe Gorge and stay in Unazuki Onsen at the entrance of the gorge On day 2 we head over to the remote village of Ainokura and spend the night there in a traditional farmhouse The third and fourth days will be spent traversing the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine route with a night stay at its highest point before going home on day four. My name is Raina Ong, staff writer for japan-guide.com and today I’m on assignment uncovering the best places to go in Toyama. Day 1 To get to Kurobe Gorge, we’ll first take the Hokuriku shinkansen from Tokyo to Kurobe-Unazukionsen Station. From there we’re going to transfer to local trains to Unazuki Onsen town the entry point into the gorge Then we’ll take the Kurobe Railway as far as possible into the gorge to Keyakidaira Station explore a bit and then head back to spend the night in Unazuki Onsen Town. We’re at Unazuki Station and we’re going to be taking that cute orange train over there into the Kurobe Gorge and back The Kurobe Gorge is the deepest v-shaped gorge in Japan and some say the view at the gorge is pretty gorgeous So this rock wall over here is known as the “hito kui iwa” which is, when translated, becomes “man eating cave.” I’m staying in a ryokan tonight in this beautiful Japanese room and tonight’s dinner will be a multi-course meal and I’m looking forward to it Day 2 After a relaxing night at Unazuki Onsen today we’ll take the train to Shin-Takaoka here a direct bus will take us to the remote village of Ainokura where we will explore the quaint town and stay overnight in one of the farmhouses It’s day two and we’re at an Ainokura one of the villages where you can see traditional Japanese gassho zukuri farm houses like the ones you see around me Gassho zukuri is a style of construction where the steep thatched roofs are said to resemble hands in prayer The best way to appreciate Ainokura is to stay at one of the farm houses and that’s what I’ll be doing tonight Day three Today we bid farewell to our farmhouse and travel back to Toyama station to begin our traverse of the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine route It is a spectacular journey carved through the northern Japan Alps connecting Toyama and Nagano Prefecture will be taking different modes of transport to complete the route starting with the train at Toyama station followed by a cable car then bus tunnel trolley bus ropeway another cable car and lastly a tunnel trolley bus once more However today, we’ll only be going as far as the midpoint at Murodo and spend the night there I took this train from Toyama all the way to Tateyama station where I am now and today we’re going to the highest point on the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine route We boarded the the bus in the cloud, but here Murodo we’ve broken through them and behind me over there, that’s mount Tateyama where it’s the highest mountain in the region Day four Our last day is relatively easy We complete the rest of the Alpine route see Kurobe Dam along the way and then head home We’re at Kurobe Dam, our last stop for this trip and fun fact the dam is also Japan’s tallest at 186 meters Thus ends our whirlwind tour of Toyama I hope this video has been enjoyable and perhaps even inspires you to experience Toyama for yourself For more information about Toyama or to watch another video click the links on the screen now or head over to japan-guide.com your comprehensive up-to-date travel guide firsthand from Japan. Thanks for watching and be sure to subscribe for more videos about Japan Happy travels

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