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Toyama (富山県) in Winter
Located at the centre of Japan along the seas between Korea and Japan, Toyama (富山県) prefecture serves as a gateway of the sea. Its capital is Toyama City.

Toyama is part of the spectacular Northern Japan Alps, sitting long the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route.

Surrounded three sides by steep Tateyama mountains and faced to the deep sea, Toyama is blessed with rich nature and its residents can enjoy sublime scenery and sample local delicacies as well.

Toyama is the home of the University of Toyama. The nature-rich provincial city offers a comfortable life.

From Tokyo, the capital of Japan, Toyama is approximately a one hour flight, or a 2 hour 7 minute train ride using the Shinkansen bullet train. It also is about a 3 hour train ride from Kyoto, Osaka, and Nagoya.

Tourists and travellers can enjoy the true winter's wonderlands in this Toyama Prefecture.

Winter is truly beautiful in Toyama. One can enjoy clean morning air, pure snow-white scenary around this time of the year as well as clear skies.

Situated on the northern coast of Honshu island bordering the East Sea, nearly one thirds of its land in the prefecture are natural parks which numbers as many as six.

Among its scenic untouched natural beauties is a place of glaciers. Except for Russia Toyama is the only place in East Asian region that has glaciers.

Its glaciers on the mountains of Tsurugi and Tateyama are famous in particular.

The well-known sightseeing route is the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine route, which offer particularly stunning beauty during the winter.

Hikers can use the cable cars and rope ways all the way to the height of over 3,000 meters above sea level. Once can enjoy watching the glaciers.

Among its rugged mountain peaks are the spectacle sights where a 20-meter-high snow wall was digged for both traffic and people to move through.

Probably winter is the best season of the year for travellers to visit the Tateyama Apline route covered by the depth of snow.

Its Gassho-zukuri farmhouses are designated as the world heritage sites. They were "constructed like hands in prayer," as local tour guide explains.

"All the homes are topped with steep thatched," the guide says. "roofs look like a Buddhists hands folded in prayer."

Travellers and visitors ca stay for a night or two in one of the thatched houses in the village covered by snow as deep as adult's height.

The experience would make any visitors feel like staying in one of ancient Japanese village's houses some of which is as old as 250 years or more.
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