Event Calendar


Cherry blossom viewing at Takaoka Kojo Park

Early to mid-April Finished

Located in the center of downtown Takaoka, Takaoka Kojo Park opened the ruins of Takaoka Castle built by Toshinaga Maeda, the 2nd feudal lord of the Maeda Clan in the Kaga Domain from 1599 to1605, as the public park since the Meiji period which extended from 1868 to 1912. Although it was abolished by the Ikkoku Ichijo Rei (Law of One Castle per Province) in 1615, its beautiful water moat and foundation were left. Also, this vast castle ruins of approximately 210,000 square meters shows us the vivid natural beauty in all seasons.

Takaoka Kojo Park

Takaoka Kojo Park Management Office (Tel: +81-766-20-1563)
Cherry blossom viewing at Takaoka Kojo Park Photo


Cherry blossom viewing at Matsukawa Park

Early to mid-April Finished

Although the size of the park was reduced by 1/6 of the original, Toyama Castle Park preseves the history of the Toyama Clan with jyumangoku (a net worth of 100,000 koku of rice), the branch clan of the Kaga Hyakumangoku (the wealthy Kaga Domain with a net worth of 1 million koku of rice) that had lasted for 232 years. The Matsukawa River flowing by the side of the park is a remnant of the Jinzu River, a natural outer moat that protected Toyama castle. Rows of approximately 470 Yoshino cherry trees continue on both banks of the river and this location has been designated as one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Viewing Sites.

Areas around Matsukawa Park

Parks and Greenery Section, Toyama City Hall (Tel: +81-76-443-2111)
Cherry blossom viewing at Matsukawa Park Photo


Firefly squid boat tour

Early April to early May Finished

In this boat tour, the sightseeing boat sets off the Namerikawa port – one of the largest fishing port in Toyama - before dawn to off-shore fixed net fishing ground. There, visitors will have exclusive experience not only viewing mysteriously glowing sea surface and light of firefly squids but also observing how fishermen actually work.

Namerikawa Fishing Port

Namerikawa Tourism Association (Tel: +81-76-475-0100)
Firefly squid boat tour Photo


The 61th All Japan Chindon’ya Contest

April 3-5 Finished

Amid the Matsukawaberi cherry blossom, you may also hear the gongs and drums of the “All Japan Chindon’ya Contest.” This competition for the traditional, Japanese style “one-man band” brings more than 250 professional and amateur Chindon’ya performers to Toyama City. Outrageous outfits are combined with the sound of drums and the three stringed samisen, the results of which fill the venue with peals of laughter.

Toyama City Gymnasium, Heiwa-Dori, Grandplaza, and etc.
Tourism Promotion Division, Toyama City
TEL +81-76-443-2072
The 61th  All Japan Chindon’ya Contest Photo


Himi Marumage Festival

Mid-April Finished

Unmarried women gathered from public recruitment wear kimono and dress their hair in the marumage style (a hairstyle for married women) filled with the essence of Japan. They then walk gracefully from the house of parish representative, the central shopping area of Himi City to the Senjuji Temple led by the parade of children wearing hats adorned with flowers as the head of such march, the taiko drum float and a portable shrine.

Areas between Himi City Himi-machi shopping street and the Senjuji-temple (13-4 Saiwai-cho, Himi-City, TOYAMA 935-0021, JAPAN)

Himi Tourist Association (Tel: +81-766-74-5250)
Himi Marumage Festival Photo


Snow Wall Walk(Yuki-no-Otani Walk) 2015

April 15 - June 22 Finished

Spring on the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route means the world famous “snow wall”! When the snowfall around the Murodo terminal is cleared away, it’s then used to make “snow walls.” Once they are connected together these walls form a “snow valley” longer than 500m. The walls form snow banks that collect even more snow, and can reach 20m in height! The “Snow Wall Walk” opens one side of the road up to pedestrian access, and is a popular spot visited by large numbers of tourists every year.

Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route and Murodo
TEL +81-76-431-3331
Snow Wall Walk(Yuki-no-Otani Walk) 2015 Photo


Tonami Tulip Fair

April 20 - May 5 Finished

The Tonami Tulip Fair is a world apart, caressed by a refreshing breeze, under a blue sky, surrounded by vibrantly colored flowers. 600 varieties of tulip, the most anywhere in Japan, blossom in an explosion of color comprising more than 2.5 million flowers! There’s plenty of fun to be had every day during the fair, including a variety of smaller events such as a flower fashion show!

Tonami Tulip Park
TEL +81-763-33-7716
Tonami Tulip Fair Photo
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