Now this is one of those underrated sights you should see.
A bit off the beaten tourist track it makes the trip to Toyama worthwhile on it's own.
The story runs that in order to build a hydro electric dam a "mini" electric train system was built to move workers and gear up the Kurobe Gorge.
Now the dam is built it transports camera happy sight seekers
We were traveling just as the first snows hit the peaks
(I'm sure there was no snow 2 days earlier coming into Toyama).
Traveling up the gorge you are treated to wonderful gorge scenery and the fall colours are great.
Coming from Aus I never understood autumn colours and this was brilliant.
To get there is fun in it's own right
Go early, catch the train from Toyama Station to Unazuki.
Try the Toyama Chiho railway - it's easier than trying to match up the JR to Chiho on the way.
The route will take you through a lovely semi rural landscape and small stations and towns.
The platform is adjacent to the JR station at the back of the department store.
Check in with the tourist info centre they'll put you on the right path (50m max across the carpark)
At Unazuki go to the gorge office and book your seats up the gorge.
Getting off at Keyakidaira book your return seat before you do anything else.
The seats back fill up pretty quickly and you could be on a late train.
Which in itself means you get to spend more time exploring this area,
There is a bounty of things to do and see
from Onsens foot baths to bush walking and hiking
or of course just being a tourist-
check out the web site www.kurotetu.co.jp
It's a full day trip and well worth it.
Take drinks and food for the 1.5 hr or so trip and make sure you have plenty of memory in your camera.
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route site:
Along with Mt.Fuji and Mt.Hakusan, Tateyama is one of Japan's Three Sacred Mountains and has been worshiped since ancient times. Tateyama Range is a spectacular and solemn display of peaks, soaring to an altitude of 3,000 meters. With the completion of the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, linking Toyama and Nagano Prefectures.
i do agre but take care, its not an easy one if you have babies!!!!!
go early as much as possible, the last tour ends 5 pm and the whole trip takes around 6 hours.
the tour is made of several means of transportation (buses, trolly, capable car and tunnel bus) till you reach the peak and either go further or go back again on your own. all along you will make rests everywhile and then but dont forget to site and ponder or else you wont enjoy.
iwase beach, is 15 mins from city center. may be its not the best beach one can see but its still a beach where you can swim, do water sports, BBQs. im glad there is any kind of beach near home. so there is nothing speciall about it but being in toyamashi.
the sand here is dark and thats what makes the sea a little bite looking dark but really the water is so clean.
another way to picnic out in toyama if you like to have a scene of the sea while sitting in a garden.
its so clean, big, there is places for barbque. free entrance.
there is a plat form for electronic car race, which is very interesting to watch.
also there is this old ship which for some little fee you can go on board and walk around on it.
sometimes they held folkrolic festivels on the plate form which is not bad to watch.
this is a big garden for picnics in toyama. the green is huge there. beautifull scenes and soundsystem everywhere makes it so relaxing. what is so speciall about it is that there is some activities in it like badalo in the lake and kids park.
there is many other things that i didnt discover yet in it but i promise i will know it in my next visit and re-edit this info again.
cost: 380en for parking, 300 en train tour (optinal), 600-1000 en badalo in the river.
youtube attachement to little part of it: http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=bvZfhvCajpE
Always worth a half hour of your time, check out the newly constructed Toyama castle. It does yield some beautiful views, especially in the front with the moats. The castle looks particularly nice in the winter as well.
best place for BBQ and group picnics.
its so romanic, enough gren for games. but littl bite far from toyama so u will need a car.
hmmm another garden in toyama but this one is famous for kiak boat water sport. its calm nice and good for weekends retreat but not a tourit attraction. p.s free entrance
toyama craft village: Collects and displays historical and folklore materials of Toyama (tools for patent medicine, buried cultural properties, living and production utensils).
There are pleasure boats you may ride. In Springtime, you'd see all the cherry trees lining the riverbanks in full bloom!
This is a recreated village of uniquely straw thatched houses prior to 20th Century and only built in this area of Japan. It is open from 8:15am to 5:00pm.