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Toyama Prefecture

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Country  Japan
Region  ChubuHokuriku
Governor  Takakazu Ishii

Area  4,247.22 km2
Capital  Toyama
Toyama Prefecture in the past, History of Toyama Prefecture
Colleges and Universities  University of Toyama
Points of interest  Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Mount Tate, Shomyo Falls, Museum of Modern Art - Toyama, Yukino-otani
Destinations  Toyama, Takaoka, Imizu, Tonami, Himi

Population  1.088 million (Mar 31, 2012)

Map of Toyama Prefecture

Toyama Prefecture (富山県, Toyama-ken) is a prefecture of Japan located in the Hokuriku region on the main Honshu island. The capital is the city of Toyama.


Toyama Prefecture Beautiful Landscapes of Toyama Prefecture

Toyama is the leading industrial prefecture on the Japan Sea coast, and has the industrial advantage of cheap electricity from abundant hydroelectric resources. It also contains East Asia’s only known glaciers outside Russia, first recognized in 2012.

Toyama Prefecture in the past, History of Toyama Prefecture

Explore japan with moe toyama prefecture

Hokuriku shinkansen explore japan toyama prefecture


Toyama Prefecture Wikipedia

Historically, Toyama Prefecture was Etchū Province. Following the abolition of the han system in 1871, Etchū Province was renamed Niikawa Prefecture, but Imizu District was given to Nanao Prefecture. In 1872 Imizu District was returned by the new Ishikawa Prefecture.

Regions Cities Toyama Prefecture

In 1876, Niikawa Prefecture was merged into Ishikawa Prefecture but the merger was void in 1881 and the area was re-established as Toyama Prefecture.


The Itai-itai disease occurred in Toyama around 1950.


Toyama Prefecture Tourist places in Toyama Prefecture

Toyama Prefecture is bordered by Ishikawa Prefecture to the west, Niigata to the northeast, Nagano to the southeast, Gifu to the south and Sea of Japan to the north.

Toyama Prefecture Festival of Toyama Prefecture

As of April 1, 2012, 30% of the total land area of the prefecture was designated as Natural Parks, namely the Chūbu-Sangaku and Hakusan National Parks; Noto Hantō Quasi-National Park; and six Prefectural Natural Parks.


Due to the mergers in the 2000s, Toyama has the fewest municipalities of any prefecture in Japan with 10 cities, 2 districts, 4 towns, and 1 village (before the mergers took place, the prefecture had 9 cities, 18 towns, and 8 villages).


Ten cities are located in Toyama Prefecture:

Towns and villages

These are the towns and villages in each district:


In 2014 Toyama contributed approximately 2.5% of Japan's rice production and makes use of abundant water sources originating from Mount Tate. It also has many fisheries along its Sea of Japan coastline.


Toyama is famous for its historical pharmaceutical industry which remains a top manufacturing industry in the prefecture in terms of manufacturing shipment value followed by electronic parts and devices (industrial robots, general machinery, etc.), and metal products (aluminum, copper etc.) manufacturing.


Kurobe Dam generates electricity for the Kansai Electric Power Company. It is located on the Kurobe River in Toyama Prefecture.


As of February 1, 2008, the population is estimated as 1,104,239.

International links

  •  China, Liaoning Province - May 9, 1984
  •  Brazil, São Paulo State - July 18, 1985
  •  United States, Oregon State - October 19, 1991
  •  Russia, Primorsky Region - August 26, 1992
  •  India, Andhra Pradesh State- Dec 2015
  • Rail

    Tokyo: 2 hr 7 min via Hokuriku Shinkansen

    Osaka: 3 hr via Hokuriku Shinkansen and Thunderbird Limited Express

  • The Hokuriku Shinkansen line is scheduled to extend to Osaka in the future, and will shorten the Osaka-Toyama trip to approximately 1 hr 40 min.
  • Expressway

  • Tokyo: 5 hr
  • Osaka: 4 hr 10 min
  • Nagoya: 3 hr 15 min
  • Niigata: 2 hr 30 min
  • Air

  • Toyama Airport (TOY)
  • Domestic

  • Tokyo: 1 hr
  • Sapporo: 1 hr 20 min
  • Fukuoka: 1 hr 30 min
  • International

  • Shanghai: 2 hr 30 min via Shanghai Airlines
  • Dalian: 2 hr 30 min via Southern China Airlines
  • Seoul: 1 hr 50 min via Asiana Airlines
  • Vladivostok: 2 hr 40 min via Vladivostok Airlines
  • UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Sites

    Gokayama Historical Village (Nanto City)

    National Treasures of Japan

    Zuiryū-ji Temple (Takaoka City)


  • All Japan Chindon Competition (Toyama City (Toyama Castle Park), Mid April
  • Tonami Tulip Fair (Tonami City), May
  • Marumage Festival (Himi City), May 17
  • Summer

  • Sassa Narimasa Sengoku Era Festival (Toyama City), Late July
  • Japan Wildlife Film Festival (Toyama Prefecture), Early August
  • Fall

  • Toyama Festival (Toyama City), Sept. 1
  • Owara Kaze no Bon (Toyama City (Yatsuo Area)), Sept. 1-3
  • Winter

  • Nanto Toga Soba Festival (Nanto City (Toga Village Area)), Mid Feb.
  • Regional Foods

  • Trout Sushi (Masu no Sushi)
  • White Shrimp (Shiro Ebi)
  • Matured Yellow Tail (Buri)
  • Firefly Squid (Hotaru Ika)
  • Fish Paste (Kamaboko)
  • Regional sake

  • Tateyama (立山)
  • Narimasa (成政)
  • Masuizumi (満寿泉)
  • Sanshoraku (三笑楽)
  • Sports

    The sports teams listed below are based in Toyama.

    Football (soccer)

  • Kataller Toyama (Toyama City)
  • Basketball

  • Toyama Grouses (Toyama City)
  • Baseball

  • Toyama Thunderbirds (Toyama City)
  • Rugby Union

  • Takaoka Mariners (Takaoka)
  • Sister Regions

  •  People's Republic of China, Liaoning Province
  •  United States, Oregon
  •  Russia, Primorsky Krai
  • Tourism

  • Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
  • References

    Toyama Prefecture Wikipedia

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