My hometown Gifu Prefecture is bordered by seven prefectures, Aichi, Mie, Shiga, Fukui, Ishikawa, Toyama and Nagano, but I have never been to Toyama and Fukui. A friend from my university days is in Toyama, and I took advantage of my temporary return to Japan to go on a 3-day, 2-night trip to Toyama.


The basic way to get to Toyama Prefecture from Gifu Prefecture is by train or bus, I took the JR Limited Express Hida to Toyama. It is around three-hour train ride from Mino-Ota station.


Arrived at Toyama Station at 12:30. My friends and I had lunch first. We couldn’t miss the black ramen in Toyama, so we had ramen for lunch. The color is a little harsh, but the taste is elegant. I really wanted to try good ramen in Japan, so I was very satisfied.


After lunch, we dropped off our luggage at the hotel and went sightseeing in Toyama City. We took the streetcar to Iwase-hama, an area where old streets still remain. Toyama is a city where streetcars are very active, and I have a good feeling about it.


A short walk from the Iwase-hama station, we saw a building that reminds you of history. Toyama is also known for its rice and water, so sake brewing is very popular. We went to a trendy spot where we could sample Masuizumi. I was astonished at the dangerous drinkability of this top-quality sake.


The Baba family and the Mori family’s mansions as shipowners and shipping wholesalers were full of sights to see. Having said that, the most enjoyable part was the beer tasting. At the Baba family’s brewery, we were able to taste beer.


We had a reservation at “Gingyo”, a restaurant with a very good reputation, for 7:30 p.m., but we decided to go to “Tenyoshi” at 5:00 p.m., because we thought we have to visit “Tenyhoshi”. What a luxury! We will have 2 dinners.


At “Tenyoshi”, we had a plan to eat a bowl of rice topped with white shrimp or kakiage (fried white shrimp) as our main dish, but chef told that they had very nice nodoguro, a kind of seabass. We decided to take it. We ordered kakiage (fried white shrimp) and grilled nodoguro as our main dishes.


It’s hard to tell from the photo, but my friend who lives in Toyama told me that the nodoguro was magnificent, and I was happy to enjoy the elegantly fatty nodoguro. “Tenyoshi” is a wonderful restaurant where a generous father and lovely mother serve local seafood. I highly recommend stopping by if you are ever in Iwase-hama.

富山市に戻り、「世界一美しい店舗」に選ばれたスターバックス富山冠水公園店を訪問しました。夜景にスターバックスが映え、確かに素晴らしいのですが、世界一か?と言われると正直疑問です。調べたら2008年にStore of the Year Design Awardの最優秀賞を獲得していますから看板に偽りはありませんね。こうした話題性で訪れる人が居るのも事実でしょうから、これからも有名店として頑張って欲しいです。

Back in Toyama, we visited the Starbucks Toyama Kansui Koen store, which was selected as

Back in the city of Toyama, we visited the Starbucks Toyama Kansui Koen store, which was selected as the “World’s Most Beautiful Store”. The night view of the Starbucks is certainly wonderful, but I honestly doubt that it is the most beautiful store in the world. I did some research and found out that it won the “Store of the Year Design Award in 2008”, so I guess the the reputation is true. I’m sure it’s true that there are people who come to the store because of this buzz, so I hope they continue to do their best as a famous store.


By walking to “Gingyo”, we were ready to taste the delicious seafood. There was a line in front of the restaurant. Without a reservation, there was nothing we could do. After we entered the restaurant, there were a lot of phone calls to confirm availability. It’s a popular restaurant. It was wonderful, and I can understand why it is so popular.


The sashimi platter was all delicious. 1,500 yen for this. The cost performance is unbelievable. Everything else we ordered was also delicious. We were particularly impressed with the shirasu(small white fishes) with egg yolk on top. We didn’t order rice because we were too full, but it went perfectly with the rice… We visited “Gingyo” as the second round of dinner, and we were overwhelmed by the deliciousness and cheapness of the food.


After walking to the hotel and taking a bath, I fell asleep. Thus ended the first day of our exciting trip to Toyama!