'''Toyama City''' (富山市) [http://www.city.toyama.toyama.jp/] is the capital of [[Toyama (prefecture)|Toyama prefecture]], [[Japan]].
Having been 99. 5% destroyed from firebombing in World War II, Toyama is a city rebuilt from the ashes. Aiming to be a "compact city", Toyama has seen large development in transportation, living, recreation and shopping facilities in recent years. As such, visitors to Toyama can enjoy nearby attractions and comforts without having to travel very far.
there are a few interesting attractions within the downtown area of the city, many tourists use Toyama as a hub for hiking or sightseeing opportunities in the surrounding areas.
Toyama has its own airport, from which buses run to the city center (25 min, ¥400). Toyama 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.
From [[Tokyo]] Station, Toyama can be reached by taking
the Joetsu Shinkansen ('' Tanigawa, Max Tanigawa, Toki or Max Toki'' ) to Echigo- Yuzawa (越後湯沢) and then transferring to the '' Hakutaka'' (はくたか) limited express train for the run to Toyama. This ride lasts about 3 1/2 hours with a good connection in Echigo- Yuzawa, and it costs ¥11900 each way. ''' Japan Rail Pass ''' holders have to pay ¥1450 each way for the portion of the trip between Echigo-Yuzawa and Naoetsu, which is operated by Hokuetsu Railway. The '''JR East Rail Pass''' covers the Echigo-Yuzawa - Naoetsu segment, but does not cover the portion onward to Toyama; the full fare must be paid (¥4200).
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. The one-way ride from Osaka lasts around 3 hours on the fastest service and costs ¥8690 ( No charge for Japan Rail Pass holders).
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]].
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 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).
'''Toyama station ''' is served by the '''JR Hokuriku Shinkansen''', as well 3 regional lines, Ainokaze Toyama Railroad ( servicing all major stations from east-west), Toyama Chiho main line , and 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.
To complement the 4 light rail lines and 4 regional rail lines are the
riverboat 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.
*'''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.
*'''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.
*'''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.
*'''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.
*'''Trattoria Viva la Vida'''[http://www.ric.hi-ho.ne.jp/viva-la-vita/] - 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)[http://www.m-henna.com/santoshi/top.htm] - 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>
<sleep name="Daiwa Roynet Hotel" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="076-420-0055" email="" fax="" url="http://www.daiwaroynet.jp/toyama" 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>