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'''Toyama City''' (富山市) [] is the capital of [[Toyama (prefecture)|Toyama prefecture]], [[Japan]].
Having been 99The chance to experience the ancient Edo streets of Kanazawa via the new Hokuriku Shinkansen will surely draw many to the long-neglected west coast of Japan.5% destroyed from firebombing in World War II, Toyama is But those who travel this way on a clear day will no doubt feel spendor as they pass by the sight of the massive Japan Alps towering over a city rebuilt from cityscape that thins out into the ashesdistance. Aiming to be a "compact city"A few may feel that irresistable draw of going further off the beaten path, Toyama has seen large development wondering what secrets are hiding in transportation, living, recreation those distant settlements and shopping facilities in recent yearsmountain peaks. As For those craving suchadventure, visitors to a stop in Toyama can enjoy nearby attractions and comforts without having is a good place to travel very farget started while maybe enjoying another detour or two along the way.
Known for its chemical and pharmacutical industries since the Meiji era and beyond, 99.5% of Toyama was obliterated in the firebombing raids of the second world war. Rather than fall into decay, however, these strong industries, combined with the promise brought by the opening of the shinkansen, have helped Toyama to rise above the ashes. Designed to be a "compact city", Toyama has seen large development in transportation, living, recreation and shopping facilities in recent years, perfectly suited for its population of half a million. You won't find all of the conveniences of some of the larger modern Japanese cities, but those who visit can enjoy some nearby comforts without having to travel very far.  While there are the city proper offers a few interesting attractions within its center, many of Toyama's sightseeing and hiking opportunities are scattered throughout the downtown area of several surrounding towns it administers, as well as in the dense mountains to the citysouth. Thus, for many tourists use visitors, Toyama serves as a hub for hiking or sightseeing opportunities in the to reach these surrounding areas.
==Get in==
===By plane===
Toyama has its own airport, from which buses run to the city center (25 min, ¥400). Toyama Kitokito Airport has international flights to Shanghai, Seoul, Vladivostok, and Dalian and local service to Tokyo, Sapporo, and Fukuoka. However, flight schedules change heavily with the season so it would be worth checking out in advance what is available for when you will be traveling. With the recent start of the Hokuriku Shinkansen and relative inaccessabilty except by car or bus, the burden is on Toyama airport to keep customers. When travelling to Toyama on a budget, be sure to check flight prices to see if you can't get a cheaper deal over the Shinkansen.
===By train===
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From [[Tokyo]] Station, Toyama can be reached in just over two hours by taking the Joetsu Shinkansen (a ''Tanigawa, Max Tanigawa, Toki or Max TokiKagayaki'') to Echigo-Yuzawa (越後湯沢) and then transferring to class train on the recently opened ''HakutakaHokuriku Shinkansen'' (はくたか) limited express train for the run to Toyama. This ride lasts about 3 1/2 hours with At 310 km, a good connection in Echigoone-Yuzawaway trip regularly costs ¥12,730 for a reserved seat, and it costs &yen;11900 each way. ¥17,360 for ''Green Class''Japan , or ¥25,580 for a "Grand Class" seat, though JR Rail Pass''' holders have to pay &yen;1450 each way no extra costs for a basic reserved seat. The first train departs Toyko Station at 6:16am and the last leaves at 10:04 in the evening. If you're a fan of scenic travel, be sure to stay awake through the portion last leg of the trip between Echigo-Yuzawa and Naoetsu, which is operated by Hokuetsu Railwayafter the long strech of tunnels from Itoigawa Station. The '''JR East Rail Pass''' covers view of the Echigo-Yuzawa - Naoetsu segment, but does not cover the portion onward to Toyama; the full fare must be paid (&yen;4200)towering Tateyama mountain range on a clear day is really spectacular.
The journey from Tokyo will be reduced dramatically with the extension of the Hokuriku (Nagano) Shinkansen to Toyama in 2015. Frequent ''Thunderbird'' (サンダーバード) limited express trains run to Toyama from [[Osaka]] and [[Kyoto]] in Kansai, and will take you as far as Kanazawa, where you'll need to transfer to the Hokuriku Shinkansen. From there, ''Kagayaki'' trains are the most direct, whereas ''Hakutaka'' and ''Tsurugi'' trains will stop at ''ShinTakaoka Station'' along the way. The full trip will take at least three hours - not including transfer time - and costs ¥9430 one-way ride from Osaka lasts around 3 hours on the fastest service and costs &yen;8690 with reserved seats (No charge free for Japan JR Rail Pass holders). If you need to save a little money and time isn't an issue, an unreserved seat and a transfer to the ''IR Ishikawa Railway'' at Kanazawa will save you a marginal amount at ¥8350.
Toyama is also a morning stop on the ''Twilight Express'' (トワイライトエクスプレス) overnight train from [[Sapporo]], and ''Nihonkai'' (日本海) overnight train from [[Aomori]].
==Get around==
Central Toyama prides itself on being a "compact city" and most sights of interest may be reached from the station on foot or by bike. The public transport transportation is excellent with several upgrades in the past few years, the streetcar line operates just south of Toyama station, it has been upgraded and expanded in December 2009 into a 3 line system, one downtown loop, one south, and one west, (with many connections to various regional rail lines except the western end) while the newish port light rail operates from the north of the station (Ekikita) to the seaport and Iwasehama (Iwase beach).
'''===By Street Car===Two light rail systems operate directly from the north and south sides of Toyama station''' is served by with trains running several times an hour throughout the '''JR Hokuriku Shinkansen''', as well day.*CENTRAM[] - This light rail system south runs 3 regional lines- the Loop Line(環状線)circling the downtown area, Ainokaze a line running south to Minami Toyama Railroad Station(servicing all major stations from east-west南富山駅), and one westward line which runs to the gates of Toyama Chiho main University(大学前). Each line, and Fujikoshi offers connections to various regional rail lines except the westbound line . *PORTRAM - PORTRAM operates from the north of the station (from southeast駅北), all of which may be used to get around town the seaport and/or beyond. The Hokuriku Shinkansen continues toward [[Kanazawa]]Iwasehama (Iwase beach), the [[Takayama]] main line heads southwestthough construction is currently underway.
===By Train==='''Toyama station''' is served by the '''JR Hokuriku Shinkansen''', as well 3 regional lines, ''Ainokaze Toyama Railroad'' (servicing all major stations from east-west), the ''Toyama Chiho'' main line, and the ''Fujikoshi line'' (from southeast), all of which may be used to get around town and/or beyond. The Hokuriku Shinkansen continues toward [[Kanazawa]], the [[Takayama]] main line heads southwest. ===By Boat===To complement the 4 light rail lines and 4 regional rail lines are the riverboat riverboats going north-south through the center of town and a bus system.
*'''Toyama City Hall''' - there is a free observation deck where you can see the whole city.
*'''Toyama Street Museum''' - Part of Toyama's effort to become a world-class city for glass craft, you'll find many unique works of glass art along the sidewalks of the city center.
*'''Iwase Town''' - To see some pre-war Japan and get a taste of Toyama's shipping history, take a walk through this old district. Take the lightrail to Higashi Iwase to visit the Mori residence (1878), or to Iwasehama for the beach.
*'''Kansui Park''' - a small waterside park next to a canal with views of the mountains. Features a bridge that becomes illuminated at night.
*'''IkiIkiKan'''(いきいき館) - Here you can purchase a number of traditional goods, souvenirs, and local products. Located on the 5th floor of the CIC Building just across the street from the station.
*'''Daiwa''' - Opened since September 2007, this department store has multiple levels of international and Japanese designer label clothing, accessories, shoes, homewares, books, stationery and so on. Head to the basement for local and imported foodstuffs, from sushi to cheeses. There are also a range of restaurants and cafes in the complex, as well as a Mochi Cream counter on the ground floor. Running next to the store is the Sogawa shopping arcade, lined with boutiques and stores, including a few Kimono boutiques and a bookstore.
*'''±0cafe''' (ゼロカフェ) 2-14 Uchisaiwaichou, tel: 076-441-0029, 11:30-12:00AM. Closed Thursdays. A nice fusion of Okinawan and Hawaiian cuisine with a cozy atmosphere. Located on the 3rd floor in the same building as South by Southwest Cafe.
*'''Uotami''' (魚民) CIC Building, 6th floor - For an inexpensive Izakaya experience, you can try this chain on the 5th floor of the CIC building opposite the south gate of Toyama Station. Like most izakaya, the prices for individual menu items aren't so much, but neither are the portions. With a few drinks and a chunk of time, your bill can quickly add up.
*'''Airport Kitchen''' (エアポートキッチン)4-5-11, Sougawa, tel: 076-461-4726 12:00-11PM. Closed Mondays. Originally requiring a trip to Toyama Airport to enjoy, you'll find a good variety of Italian cuisine here. The highlight is undoubtedly the brick-oven pizza, which is perhaps the largest you can find in the whole prefecture for the price. Located on the corner next to Toyama Shimin Plaza, just away from Ote Mall Station on the CENTRAM.
*'''La Yuuki''' (ラユウキ)3-2-22, Sougawa, tel: 076-422-1039, 11:30-2PM and 5PM-9:30 (8:30 Sun). Closed Monday and every third Sunday. Decent Mexican-style food and perhaps the only Mexican restaurant in the prefecture. If you're used to Mexican food you may not find anything spectacular, but it's a good option for first-timers or those with a craving.(near Daiwa)
*'''South by SouthwestCafe''' (サウス・バイ・サウスウエスト・カフェ) 2-14, Uchisaiwaichou, tel: 076-441-7087, 11:30-11PM. Closed Monday. Authentic hamburgers in the heart of Toyama. The fries leave a little to be desired, but the burgers are big, with no filler and plenty of toppings. Located just one minute from Shintomicho Station.
*'''Santoshi''' (サントシ)[] - 1-3-17 Jinzuuhonmachi, tel: 076-432-3104, 11:30-2:30PM and 5PM-11PM. Open year round. Perhaps Toyama's best Indian restaurant within walking distance of Toyama Station. Try the Tandoori Lunch set (1050 yen) for a filling meal.
*'''Trattoria Viva la Vida'''[] - 3-14、Yasudamachi, tel: +81-076-413-7166, 11:30-2PM(weekdays only) and 5PM-11PM. Closed Monday. An authentic Italian eatery tucked away in the quiet neighborhood near Shintomicho Station. Lunch is very affordable, but expect to pay 7000 yen or more for a special dinner for two. Has a good selection of imported wine, and a cozy, intimate atmosphere.
*'''Santoshi''' (サントシ)[] - 1-3-17 Jinzuuhonmachi, tel: 076-432-3104, 11:30-2:30PM and 5PM-11PM. Open year round. Perhaps Toyama's best Indian restaurant within walking distance of Toyama Station. Try the Tandoori Lunch set (1050 yen) for a filling meal.
Hotels around Toyama station, even business hotels, seem to run a bit expensive.
<sleep name="ANA Crowne Plaza" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Many weddings held here but good service, comfortable beds and great breakfast. Traditional Japanese breakfast on 5th floor at the Unkai restaurant.</sleep>
===Mid Range=== <sleep name="ANA Crowne Plaza" alt="" address="2-3 Ote-machi" directions="Located in front of Toyama Castle Park" phone="0120-677-651" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="1:00PM" checkout="12:00PM" price="Single Rooms from +10000 yen">Many weddings held here but good service, comfortable beds and great breakfast. Traditional Japanese breakfast on 5th floor at the Unkai restaurant.</sleep> <sleep name="Daiwa Roynet Hotel" alt="" address="6-1, Aramachi," directions="Located just off the Aramachi tram stop on the Loop Line" phone="076-420-0055" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Business travelers hotel. The price is very reasonable (<8000 yen) and the amenities are excellent. Plus, for a small addition <1000 yen, you can add a buffet style breakfast.</sleep> <sleep name="APA Villa Hotel" alt="" address="1-5-20, Sakuramachi" directions="Just a short walk past Mr. Donut on the left side of the CiC Building" phone="076-431-3111" url="" checkin="3:00PM" checkout="11:00AM" price="From 15000 yen" lat="" long="">A slightly upscale version of the popular hotel chain. Has an Italian bar that does authentic brick-oven pizza.</sleep>
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