Experiencing Toyama Through the Seasons
Toyama is picture-perfect throughout the year, and each season has its own special highlights.
Cherry blossoms, tulips, and many other flowers bloom beautifully in Toyama in April.
April also marks the opening of the Snow Wall Walk, a highlight of the Kurobe Tateyama Alpine Route.
The experience is available from mid-April to late June.
Temperatures in spring range from approximately 7°C to 21°C, so it's always a good idea to have a light jacket that you can throw on.
Early to mid-April — Asahi Funakawa Spring Quartet
Late April to early May — Tonami Tulip Fair
Mid-April to late June — Snow Wall Walk
Late April — Matsukawa Riverside Cherry Blossoms
Hot and humid summers, daytime temperatures can exceed 30°C (86°F).
During this season, we recommend avoiding the heat at high altitude. The best season for climbing Tateyama is from July to August.
It is also a good time to attend nighttime festivals. The heat is less intense than during the day.
Whether sightseeing by the sea or climbing the mountain, hats and other sunshades are necessary.
Mid-July to mid-November — Kurobedaira Panorama Terrace
Late June to mid-October — Kurobe Dam Water Discharge
Early August — Tatemon Festival
Late August — Owara Kaze-no-Bon
Late July — Toyama Shinminato Fireworks Display
The autumn foliage season is from September to October in the mountains and from October to November in the plains.
In October, snow may flicker near the top of Tateyama.
The Kurobe Gorge trolley car is in regular operation until mid-November, so don't miss the short autumn foliage season.
Temperatures range from 7℃ to 21℃. A jacket that is easy to put on and take off is useful.
Mid-October to mid-November — Gokayama Fall Colors
Mid-October — Tonami Yumenotaira Cosmos Flowers
Late October to mid-November — Kurobe Gorge Fall Colors
Mid-September to early October — Mikurigaike Fall Colors
Winter is the season for hot springs, snow lights, and seasonal seafood.
From late December to late February, mountainous areas are covered with snow.
In the Shogawa Gorge, the landscape looks like an ink painting, and in Gokayama, the Gassho-zukuri roofs are covered with snow.
January and February are cold, with temperatures ranging from 0°C to 7°C, so be sure to stay warm, but March is a bit milder.
Late December to late February — Shogawa Gorge Snowscape
Late December to late February — Gokoyama Snowscape
Early January to late March — Winter Wonderland in Unazuki Onsen: Fireworks over the Snow
November to February — Winter Seafood Season
The temperatures shown on this page are mainly for the plains.
Murodo, the highest point of the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, located at an altitude of about 2450 m, has much lower temperatures than the graph, ranging from 5 to 10 degrees in April to June, 10 to 20 degrees in July and August, around 10 degrees in September and October, and sometimes below freezing in November.
Please note that the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is usually closed from December to mid-April.
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