The villages of Ainokura and Suganuma were registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in December 1995 as cultural properties. In March 2009, Gokayama was awarded as the greatest 3 stars sightseeing area in Michelin Green Guide for Japan.
There are 23 gassho style (traditional thatched-roof style) houses in Ainokura and 9 in Suganuma. Even now, people continue living their lives in these villages.
And visitors to Ainokura village can stay at a minshuku inn to spend the night at a world heritage site and have special old-fashioned experiences.
The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is a world famous alpine sightseeing route which goes through Toyama’s 3,000-meter high Northern Japan Alps.
From Toyama, you can get to Shinano-Omachi of Nagano pref. by train, cable car, highland bus, trolley bus, ropeway, etc. while enjoying the changing of Mother Nature’s seasons.
During spring, you can see snow wall, which approaches the height of 20 meters. In summer, enjoy trekking and in autumn, experience the allure of autumn leaves.
From Toyama Bay, you can get a great view of the Tateyama Mountain Range, with its 3,000 meter-high peaks.
In October 2014, Toyama Bay joined UNESCO’s Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club. This club includes such other beautiful bays as France’s Mont Saint-Michel Bay.
As a result of the fortuitous geographical features of Toyama Bay and the 3,000-meter high Tateyama Mountain Range, the area is blessed with nutrient rich water and abundant fish supplies.