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About Toyama

Surrounded by the Tateyama mountain range on the south and the Sea of Japan and Toyama Bay at its north, Toyama, the home of the University of Toyama, is a nature-rich provincial city that offers a comfortable life.
From Tokyo, the capital of Japan, Toyama is approximately a one hour flight, or a 2 hour 7 minute train ride using the Shinkansen bullet train. It also is about a 3 hour train ride from Kyoto, Osaka, and Nagoya.

Overview of Toyama Prefecture

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Location: 36°16' to 36°59' N / 136°46' to 137°46'E
Area: 4,247.55 km2 (Approx. 90 km east to west and 76 km north to south)
Population: 1,076,158 (As of Oct. 1, 2013)
Prefectural capital: Toyama City
Friendship relationships: Liaoning Province, China; State of Sao Paulo, Brazil; State of Oregon, USA; Primorsky Krai, Russia

Weather

In Toyama, the four seasons are very distinct, even by Japanese standards. There is ample rain fall throughout the year. The summer is hot and humid while snow is to be expected in winter. During the winter season (November through March), overcoats and jackets will be necessary to protect against the cold weather, but it is rare for the temperature to drop below freezing point, thanks to the Tsushima warm current.

Environment

Within the prefecture of Toyama, there is a 4,000 m altitude difference between the top of the 3,000 m high Tateyama mountain range to the bottom of the 1,000 m deep Toyama Bay. This special geographic trait nurtures a wide variety of ecosystems and is home to unique culture and many locally rooted industries.

Gokayama Gassho-zukuri Village

Gokayama Gassho-zukuri Village

Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route

Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route

The Kurobe Gorge Railway

The Kurobe Gorge Railway

Amaharashi Coast

Amaharashi Coast

Rich source of pristine water

The snowfall leads to an abundant supply of water that supports the people's lives and industries.

Rich dietary culture

Toyama is blessed with a rich supply of fresh seafood from Toyama Bay, and an abundant supply of vegetables and rice grown in its bountiful nature. There also are many unique processed products and traditional dishes from the area.

Comfortable living

Road maintenance level is high and the railway network is excellent. The fact that housing and other costs are lower than large metropolitan areas such as Tokyo also is a big benefit.

Enjoying leisure time

The historical Gokayama Gassho-zukuri Village, registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its unique steep-roofed "Gassho-zukuri" houses, and the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route, one of the best alpine touristic routes in the world, are some of Japan's representative tourist attractions. There are many outdoor activity attractions including swimming at the beaches and camping during the summer or skiing in the winter. Toyama also is known for having many art galleries and museums.

Access

Toyama city tram

Toyama city tram

Toyama Light Rail Portram

Toyama Light Rail Portram

Manyo Line Ai-Tram

Manyo Line Ai-Tram

Directions to Toyama

Toyama is located at approximately the same distance from Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya. Easily accessible by expressway, it is possible to make a day trip from any of these cities. From Toyama airport, domestic flights are available to Tokyo and Sapporo (Hokkaido), and international flights are available to Seoul (Korea),  Dalian (China), and Shanghai (China).

From Tokyo Approximately 1 hr from Haneda Airport
Approximately 2 hrs 7 min from JR Tokyo Station
From Osaka Approximately 3 hrs from JR Osaka Station
From Nagoya Approximately 3 hrs 30 min from JR Nagoya Station
From Hokkaido Approximately 1 hr 30 min from New Chitose Airport
From Seoul Approximately 2 hrs from Incheon International Airport
From Dalian Approximately 1 hr 50 min from Dalian International Airport
From Shanghai Approximately 1 hr 20 min from Pudong International Airport

Transportation in Toyama

Toyama and Takaoka cities, where our campuses are located, are stops for shinkansen on the Hokuriku Shinkansen, making them very convenient locations. Both cities have a convenient network of public transportation consisting of trains and buses. The next generation style trams running in Toyama and Takaoka cities are receiving much attention, both domestically and internationally. Many people also drive their own automobiles, making the shopping centers with ample parking, located on the outskirts of the city, a popular destination.
At the University of Toyama, automobile entry into campus is restricted unless special permission is granted. Public transportation such as train and bus, or biking and walking are popular means of commute. Discount commuter passes are available for students commuting by bus or train.