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Toyama Castle

A historical monument that stands as a reminder of the feudal rule that existed almost 400 years ago. The castle is situated at the center of the city and holds within it the rich history of the region.

By Abhijit Sen

Toyama Castle in the center of Toyama City, was originally built in 1543 by a powerful feudal lord named Sassa Narimasa. However, the castle keep was dismantled during the Meiji Restoration. Over the years, the castle underwent several renovations and reconstructions, the latest in 1954. Today, the castle is a top tourist attraction, offering visitors a unique opportunity to learn more about Japan’s feudal history.

Toyama Castle Ruin Park

Toyama Castle

Photo by: PIXTA/たき The observatory on the top floor offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding city.

Toyama Castle, which is now part of the Toyama Castle Ruins Park, features a beautiful green lawn, a Japanese garden and an art museum. The current castle-keep boasts impressive architecture and design, and its original wall and moat beautifully reflect the feudal era’s artistry and engineering. Today, the keep houses the Toyama municipal folk museum, where visitors can explore numerous exhibits, including the castle’s history, the Maeda family’s artifacts, and other relics of feudal times.  Moreover, the observatory on the top floor offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding city.

Spring at the Castle

Toyama Castle

Photo by: PIXTA/Mesopotamia Over 500 cherry trees bloom yearly alongside the Matsukawa riverbank.

The castle is home to a beautiful garden that encircles a serene pond and offers delightful walking paths. This park is a favored relaxation spot among locals, particularly during spring when the cherry blossoms bloom over the ramparts and moat, offering a stunning view of the castle. Additionally, over 500 cherry trees bloom yearly alongside the Matsukawa riverbank that borders the park’s north side, which is also one of Japan’s top 100 cherry blossom viewing spots. Visitors can even take a leisure boat ride along the river to enjoy the cherry blossoms.

In addition, there are plenty of activities for visitors to enjoy, like dressing up as a samurai and posing in front of the Toyama Castle backdrop, strolling through the garden in a traditional kimono, try your hand at making traditional crafts, take part in a Japanese tea ceremony or visit the Sato memorial art museum to view art exhibitions. This castle is an excellent destination for history buffs, architecture enthusiasts, and families looking for a fun and educational outing.

Things To Know

Places of interest

Toyama Glass Art Museum

The Toyama Glass Art Museum is a remarkable institution that houses an impressive collection of modern glass art from all over the world. Visitors can explore stunning glass sculptures and gain insights into the art of glassmaking through the exhibitions. The museum’s futuristic building adds to the overall experience, and it is conveniently located just a short 9-minute walk from Toyama Castle.

Hours and fees

Castle hours are from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is ¥210.

How To Get There


By train

The location is just a ten-minute walk from Toyama station and a two-minute walk from the Kokusaikaigijo mae tram stop (Centram).

Where To Stay

Dormy Inn Toyama
  • 4-8 Otemachi, Toyama-shi, Toyama, 930-0084 Japan
  • ¥16,500 - ¥24,200
  • 4.42/5 (7,358 reviews)
  • 0.3 km
Onyado Nono Toyama
  • 3-9-2 Sogawa, Toyama-shi, Toyama, 930-0083 Japan
  • ¥26,400 - ¥34,100
  • 4.52/5 (1,700 reviews)
  • 0.4 km
Hotel Crown Hills Toyama (BBH Hotel Group)
  • 2-4-11 Sakuramachi, Toyama-shi, Toyama, 930-0003 Japan
  • ¥5,400 - ¥26,650
  • 3.56/5 (1,119 reviews)
  • 0.5 km
Toyama Manten Hotel (Manten Hotel Chain)
  • 2-17 Hommachi, Toyama-shi, Toyama, 930-0029 Japan
  • ¥7,200 - ¥30,600
  • 4.16/5 (3,129 reviews)
  • 0.5 km
Hotel Livemax Toyama
  • 5-2 Shinsakuramachi, Toyama-shi, Toyama, 930-0005 Japan
  • ¥7,650 - ¥14,950
  • 3.75/5 (289 reviews)
  • 0.6 km

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