Toyama

Toyama:

The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine route of autumn

The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine route of autumn

Toyama is a prefecture along the Sea of Japan coast in the the Chubu Region. Prefectural capital is Toyama City. 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 City is the birthplace of Ecchu culture. The scenery of the 3,000-meter-high Tateyama Mountain Range, which you can see over the ocean from Amaharashi Beach, is regarded as one of the most beautiful in the world.

History:

The Toyama Plain is good farmland and historically it was a point of strategic and traffic importance.  The feudal period in Japan brought with it civil war, caused by a weakening in the ruling samurai ranks. Battle after battle ensued including the battle of Kurikara, won by Kiso Yoshinaka, the rebellious actions of the Ikko-ikki, and the bloodbath accompanying the rise to power of the warlords Uesugi Kenshin and Oda Nobunaga. Etchu Province was, for the most part, again reunified in the 11th year of Tensho (1583) under the leadership of Sassa Narimasa, one of Oda Nobunaga’s generals.

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Places Not To Miss:

  • Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route:
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  • Kurobe Dam:
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  • Kurobe Gorge:
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The Kurobe Gorge  is a beautiful, forested ravine in the rugged mountains of the Northern Japan Alps. Cut by the Kurobe River, it is one of the deepest gorges in Japan. The main attraction of the gorge is the Kurobe Gorge Railway, a sightseeing train originally built to aid the construction of the Kurobe Dam. Today the small trains operate along a winding, 20 kilometer stretch between Unazuki and Keyakidaira Stations. The exciting 80 minute journey leads across more than 20 bridges and through over 40 tunnels, and offers visitors panoramic views of the gorge below. The trains operate seasonally from mid April through November, and are most popular in autumn when the forested slopes along the railroad turn bright orange and red with beautiful fall colors.

The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine route of autumn

The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine route of autumn

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