Toyama City’s Iwase Area, Where You Can Take Beautiful Pictures
Toyama is dotted with beautiful townscapes and spots from which to view these townscapes. This article will introduce recommended scenic spots that are beautiful and make for great photos.
Get in Touch with Your Artistic Side at the Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design
The Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design is located in the west area of Fugan Canal Kansui Park. This museum with a beautiful exterior covers a wide range of artistic fields such as paintings, sculptures, posters, and chairs, and includes works by leading Japanese and international artists.
The museum has three floors and displays a variety of artworks. From the foyer of the 11-meter-high atrium, you can see the beautiful Fugan Canal Kansui Park, and on clear days, even the Tateyama Mountain Range. There are chairs set up in front of the large glass windows, so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the view.
Additionally, on the Poster Touch Panel, you can view approximately 3,500 posters from various countries. You can tap the poster you’re interested in on the screen to get more information about it. Try tapping on various posters to find your favorite poster. Some of the posters are also displayed in the exhibition room next to the Poster Touch Panel.
The Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design is also an unusual museum in that it has a rooftop park. The Onomatopoeia Rooftop is a rooftop garden where children can enjoy playing with playground equipment designed based on onomatopoeia, allowing them to think of ways to play and develop their imagination while having fun. The rooftop garden looks like a scene from a comic book, with a sense of openness that can only be found on a rooftop, and relaxing and beautiful scenery. It’s a place that both adults and children can enjoy, making it perfect for families. Considering that it also offers views of the majestic Tateyama Mountain Range on clear days and is surrounded by nature, it’s a great spot for taking many wonderful photos.
Enjoy Kansui Park on the Fugan Suijo Line
Fugan Canal Kansui Park is about a 10-minute walk from Toyama Station. Located next to the Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design, it’s another spot where you can enjoy beautiful scenery.
At Kansui Park, you can enjoy the scenery of each season, and various events are also held here. In spring, the rows of cherry blossom trees bloom, and when the wind blows, the cherry blossoms fall in a beautiful snowstorm, making it a beautiful place to enjoy cherry blossom viewing. In the summer, fireworks light up the Toyama night sky. Then, from autumn to winter, you can enjoy the dazzling lights displays in the park.
Why not visit Kansui Park, where you can enjoy beautiful scenery of the canal, nature, the waterside, and the Tateyama Mountain Range as seen from Tenmon Bridge, and even relax at a cafe?
Additionally, if you get on the canal cruise, Fugan Suijo Line, you can cruise all the way to the Iwase area, which is famous for its traditional townscape.
Ride the Fugan Suijo Line and head to the Iwase area while admiring the scenery of Kansui Park and the canal!
If you take the Fugan Suijo Line from Kansui Park to Iwase, you will arrive at the Iwase Canal Hall. And from there, a 15-minute walk will take you to the streets of Iwase. You can still enjoy the beautiful canal scenery on this walk.
The calm surface of the water, the soothing blue sky and white clouds, and the surrounding trees create a picturesque landscape that will make you feel as if time has stood still!
Let's Take a Walk Through the Retro Townscape
Iwase, located about 30 minutes from Toyama Station and Kansui Park, is a quiet part of town with a very beautiful landscape that retains the atmosphere of Japan's past.
The town developed from about 140 to 250 years ago through the Kitamaebune (northbound ships) trade, and even today you can see the same townscape as it was back then, but now with restaurants, cafes, and sake breweries lining both sides of the road.
The beautiful town is popular among locals and tourists alike for its picturesque scenery and its unique history and culture, making it a great place for a nice stroll.
In Iwase, you’ll also find the “19th Century Mori Residence and Shipping Agency,” a nationally designated Important Cultural Property. This historic building is one of the highlights of the town where you can experience Japanese culture.
In addition, Iwase is lined with not only historical buildings but also long-established Japanese sweets shops, so you can enjoy a walk while munching on sumptuous snacks.
You can experience Toyama's history just by walking around. And if you get tired of walking, there is a free rest area next to the "Kitamaebune Monument" that you can use. Please drop by!
On a sunny day, take a leisurely stroll in this quiet, retro town. It's the perfect spot for a family trip or a date, so be sure to visit!
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