A One-day Walking Tour of Himi-1

A One-day Walking Tour of Himi

Himi, an old fishing town, is known for its abundant seafood throughout the year. Take a stroll along Manga Road and other facilities around Himi Fishing Port.

Dotted with Manga Characters!

In addition to its seafood and magnificent natural scenery, Himi is also known as the birthplace of manga artist Fujiko FujioⒶ, whose works can be seen all over Himi. The area where the largest number of his works can be found is Shiokaze-dori in Himi City. Along this shopping arcade stretching from the towns of Himi to Chuo, you can see many characters from Fujiko FujioⒶ's works. Both sides of the 600 meter-long street are lined with monuments to Ninja Hattori-kun and his friends, street art on shop shutters, and is also known as "Manga Road.”

In addition to manga characters, there’s also a lineup of characters from the "Himi no Sakana Shinshiroku" mascot group created by Fujiko FujioⒶ based on the fish of Toyama Bay. When you approach the monuments, the characters start talking! Please approach each character and enjoy their chatter.

You can also enjoy the world of Fujiko FujioⒶ at the Himi City Shiokaze Gallery, where you can see his original and reproduced drawings, the Ninja Hattori-kun marionette clock, and many other attractions.

If you want to see all of Fujiko FujioⒶ's works, please refer to the Himi City Fujiko FujioⒶ Manga World Map and take a stroll!


Have Fun Learning About Toyama's Popular Winter Delicacy, Himi Kanburi (Himi Winter Yellowtail)

At the Himi Fishery Culture Exchange Center, located near the Himi Fishing Port, you can learn more about Himi’s fish and fishing industry, including the history and practice of fishing with Etchu set nets. There’s a video showing the details of Etchu set nets and a model of a set net, among others, and a guide will explain them in detail. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Himi is the birthplace of the Etchu set-netting method, which is cited as one of the reasons why Himi's fish, such as the popular Himi kanburi (winter yellowtail), is so delicious. The facility also exhibits a variety of fishing tools and folk tools used in the past, allowing visitors to experience the culture of Himi’s fishing industry.

There are also games, such as a fish guessing quiz and a yellowtail doll that can be dismantled, that you can play to learn about various fish. The four large screens allow visitors to dive into Toyama Bay and feel like a fisherman. Fish hang from the ceiling, and visitors can learn more about them by scanning their QR codes.

There’s a dining area inside the museum where visitors can enjoy fresh seafood caught that morning at the Himi Fishing Port. Depending on the time, you can even watch the fish being processed.

Admission is free, so please visit!

Himi Banya-gai Harbour Market, the Best Place to Buy Souvenirs in Himi!

Himi Banya-gai Harbour Market is located about a 9-minute walk from the Himi Fishery Culture Exchange Center. It was named Himi Banya-gai because it was built in the image of a "banya," a work shed built by fishermen on the coastline near the fishing grounds. Here, visitors can enjoy local delicacies such as Himi beef and Himi udon noodles, as well as seafood directly from the Himi Fishing Port.

Savor Himi's Seafood

At "Kitokitotei Miki" in the Himi Banya-gai Harbour Market, you can enjoy fresh and exquisite seafood. Their “Kaisen-don" (seafood rice bowl) is a hearty dish with more than 10 kinds of seafood and comes with warm miso soup that’s made with the umami of crab.

Once you’ve had your fill, take a short walk around Himi Banya-gai Harbour Market and do some shopping. You’ll find a wide variety of seafood, local specialties, sweets, and other local goods. Outside, there’s a footbath for you to enjoy. When the weather’s good, you can enjoy the view of Toyama Bay stretching out before you and the Tateyama Mountain Range further beyond.

If you want to have a soak in the hot springs, the Soyu Onsen Village is the place to go. It’s a natural hot spring that’s fed directly from the source and is also used for footbaths. The spring quality is a strong sodium chloride hot spring that promotes blood circulation and has a sedative effect that relieves pain. There’s a wide variety of baths, from open-air baths to carbonated baths, sleeping baths, saunas, and more. There’s also a rest area inside the building, making it the perfect place to further refresh and relieve travel fatigue.

Stay Like a Local

At SAYS FARM, located in the mountains of Himi City, you can experience the best aspects of Toyama, from its climate to its flavors. SAYS FARM is a winery located on a small hilltop with a view of Toyama Bay and the Tateyama Mountain Range, and produces wine exclusively made from grapes grown at their farm. Taking advantage of Toyama's climate and weather, the wines can only be made here.

The site is dotted with vineyards, a winery, and a restaurant. At SAYS FARM's restaurant, you can enjoy fresh and Toyama-inspired delicacies. The vegetables come from SAYS FARM's very own farm, the fish are freshly caught at the Himi Port right in front of you, and the meats are locally produced in Toyama Prefecture, allowing you to enjoy the tastes of Toyama and its seasons. In addition, the sophisticated and exquisite dishes can be enjoyed with wine produced at the farm’s winery. Have a special experience that can only be had here, eating food from the region with wine produced in the same region.

SAYS FARM also offers winery tours and lodging. Lodging is available in the natural surroundings of Toyama, where you can spend a time of quiet healing while listening to the sounds of nature. You can enjoy your stay as if you were a resident of the farm.

If you’re looking for a stay that is unique to the area, please spend a wonderful time at SAYS FARM.

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