Toyama as the Perfect Location for 2019 PIC/S Seminar
1. World Heritages: Historic Villages of Gokayama(五箇山合掌造り集落)
One step inside Gokayama Ainokura Gassho-style Village and the beautiful, nostalgic surrounds will make you will feel as though you have fallen through time to yesteryear Japan. Here, you will forget about everyday life, be greeting by the changing expressions of the four seasons and for some reason, feel at peace. The beautiful mountain scenery created by rice paddles, fields, stone walls and these thatched-roof houses is the original scenery of Japan. Houses with thatched roofs known as “gassho-style” are an extremely rare form of dwelling which can only be seen in this part of Japan. Even today, Ainokura Gassho-style Village contains 23 gassho-style houses in which people still go about their lives.
2. The City of Medicine, Toyama
Toyama medicine has a history of 300 years. It is sold in a unique way: standard household medicine is brought to people’s homes, and people only pay later for the medicine they have used. Through the regular visiting every year, this kind of business model not only brought convenience to the customers but also strengthened the reliability between people and medicine peddlers. Carrying on this culture, Toyama nowadays is famous for its clean and high-tech pharmaceutical industry. Also, the highest production value of medicine in Japan, the third largest creator of new pharmaceutical products in the world. Moreover, you can taste several healthy meals using Herbal medicine ingredients. These dishes are called “Toyama Yakuzen” (富山薬膳).
3. Industries Boosted by Medicine Industry
Moreover, the rising of pharmaceutical industry gives positive effect to peripheral industries such as glass industry for medicine bottles; and graphic design industry for medicine labels. Although glass bottles have been replaced by plastic bottles after war, Toyama has developed a new possibility for glass industry. In order to preserve the skills of those talented glass making craftsmen, Toyama created the largest glass artist community in Japan. With the community development of Toyama city, combining the concept of glass, “Toyama Glass Art Museum”(富山市ガラス美術館) was opened in 2015.
4. From Peak to Trench, Magnificent Nature Scenes Span of 4,000 Meters
The great vertical distance gives Toyama a wide variety of landscapes and species. The highest point of Toyama known as “Tateyama Mountain Range” (立山連峰) is the only place where mountains with an elevation of 3,000 meters can be seen “over the sea” in Japan. On the other hand, the deepest point of Toyama known as “Toyama Bay”(富山湾) is 1,000 meters or so below sea level. Toyama Bay is known as a “natural fish tank”, and its unique topography is the secret of the freshness of Toyama seafoods. Also, making good use of the terrain, Toyama has the Japan’s biggest dam, “Kurobe Dam”(黒部ダム), for hydroelectricity and water supply to support the life of citizens and industries in Toyama.
5. Blessing of nature, a Treasure Trove of Food
Japanese Amberjack (ぶり), Red snow crab(ベニズワイガニ), Japanese glass shrimp(シロエビ), Firefly squid(蛍烏賊), and Trout sushi(ます寿司). These are the most known cuisines of Toyama. Toyama Bay is known as a “natural fish tank”, and its unique topography is the secret of the freshness of Toyama seafoods. The sea floor of Toyama Bay drops sharply, forming a submarine canyon close to the shore. This is a prime location for marine life, and nutrient-rich water washed out to sea from the 3,000m-high Tateyama Ranges makes for plump seafood. And with only a short distance between the fishing grounds and the port, the fish have no time to lose their freshness – it’s just like taking a fish from a tank!
6. Toyama City, a Compact City Boosted by Modern Tram
As the first city developed LTR (Light Rail Transit) in Japan, Toyama’s government formulated a policy turning Toyama city into a compact city. With only public transportation, you could enjoy several sightseeing spots around the city.
- Toyama Glass Art Museum
Address: 5-1 Nishicho, Toyama City, Toyama
- Toyama City Hall Observation Tower
Address: 7-38 Sakuramachi, Toyama City, Toyama
- Toyama Castle Park
Address: 1 Honmaru, Toyama City, Toyama
- Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design
Address: 3-20 Kibamachi, Toyama City, Toyama
- Fugan Canal Kansui Park
Address: Minato Irifune-cho, Toyama City, Toyama
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25 April, 2019