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Explore the World Heritage Gokayama Gassho-zukuri Villages, and Zuiryu-ji Temple, a National Treasure! This trip route is packed with adventures, including a cruise down the Sho-gawa River, and the delicious seafood of Toyama Bay.

  • 01Zuiryū-ji Temple (Takaoka City)
  • 02Kaiwomaru Park(Imizu City)
  • 03Shinminato Kittokito Market(Imizu City)
  • 04Tonami Tulip Gallery (Tonami City)
  • 05Shogawa Gorge Cruise (Tonami City)
  • 06Gokayama Gassho-zukuri Villages (Ainokura and Suganuma) (Nanto City)
Shin-Takaoka Station
Walk Approx. 10 minute walk

Zuiryū-ji Temple (Takaoka City)


The Zuiryū-ji Temple, a National Treasure, was built over a period of some 20 years by Maeda Toshitsune, the third daimyo of the Kaga Domain, in commemoration of his older brother Toshinaga, the second daimyo of Kaga. The temple is the only National Treasure in Toyama prefecture. The typical Zen placement of the temple’s buildings makes for a majestic and powerful panorama.

35 Sekihonmachi, Takaoka City, Toyama Prefecture Tel.: 0766-22-0179 - Open every day - Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 4 : 30p.m., (9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from December 12 to January 31) - Admission fee: 500 yen for general public, 200 yen for high school and middle school students, 100 yen for elementary school students

Walk&Train Approx. 10 minute walk to Takaoka Station→Take the Manyo Line to Kaiwomaru Station, approx. 45 minutes→Approx. 5 minute walk

Kaiwomaru Park(Imizu City)


The majestic “Kaiwomaru” barque is nicknamed the “Dame of the Seas”. Because of the grandiose view from this park of the four-masted Kaiwomaru on the backdrop of the cable-stayed Shinminato Bridge – the largest bridge on the western coast of Japan – and the Tateyama Mountain Range, Kaiwomaru Park is a certified “Holy Place for Lovers”. The view at night when the Kaiwomaru and Shinminato Bridge are lit up is truly magical.

Fushiki-Toyama Port Kaiwomaru Public Interest Incorporated Foundation 8 Kaio-machi, Imizu City, Toyama Prefecture Tel. : 0766-82-5181


Shinminato Kittokito Market(Imizu City)


This fisherman’s wharf is famous for its abundance of fresh seafood from the Shinminato Fishing Port. Here you can find such sea delicacies as Japanese glass shrimp – “the gems of Toyama Bay” – but also the large Chionoecetes japonicus crab and firefly squid, in addition to many other gifts and souvenirs.

Shinminato Fisherman’s Wharf (Shinminato Kittokito Market ) 1 Kaio-machi, Imizu City, Toyama Prefecture Tel. : 0766-84-1233

Taxi Approx. 35 minutes by taxi

Tonami Tulip Gallery (Tonami City)


This is the only place in the world where tulips are in bloom all year round. Visitors will be drawn into the magical world of tulips as they learn the secrets and the history of this flower and are surrounded 360˚ by tulips in the Palace. We also recommend spending a moment of relaxation in the café or boutique.

100-1 Nakamura, Tonami City, Toyama Prefecture Tel.: 0763-33-7716 - Closed for year-end and New Year’s holidays and when exhibits are being replaced - Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Admission fee: 310 yen for general public (high school students and older), 250 yen for seniors (65 and older), 150 yen for elementary school students and middle school students, free for infants

Taxi Approx. 20 minutes by taxi

Shogawa Gorge Cruise (Tonami City)


A boat ride on this lake where the landscape changes along with the seasons will relax your mind. The fresh green of spring, the changing leaves in autumn and winter landscapes are particularly beautiful and are certain to soothe body and soul.

73-5 Komaki, Shogawa machi, Tonami City, Toyama Prefecture Tel.: 0763-82-0220 - Open every day - Hours of operation : Schedule changes seasonally. - Fare (for short pleasure cruise): 1,000 yen for general public, 500 yen for children - Duration (for short pleasure cruise): Approx. 25 minutes

Bus Take the Inami/Shogawa Cruise Shuttle to Johana Station, approx. 35 minutes→Approx. 40 minutes on the World Heritage Bus

Gokayama Gassho-zukuri Villages (Ainokura and Suganuma) (Nanto City)


These two villages with their gassho-zukuri style buildings were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List along with Shirakawa-go in December 1995. There are currently 23 gassho-zukuri buildings in Ainokura and 9 in Suganuma, the oldest of which is said to have been built 400 years ago.

The World Heritage Ainokura Gassho Village Preservation Foundation: 0763-66-2123 Suganuma World Heritage Preservation Association: 0763-67-3008 Village conservation fee: 500 yen for regular and light vehicles, 3,000 yen for large buses, 2,000 yen for medium buses, 100 yen for motorcycles and bicycles (for Ainokura only)

Bus Approx. 1 hour and 20 minutes on the World Heritage Bus
Shin-Takaoka Station

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It takes around 35 minutes from the Historic Villages of Gokoyama (in Suganuma) to the Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go on the World Heritage Bus.