You may be surprised to learn that Toyama has a ton of different museums to enjoy. Here is a short list of some ALT favorites, but the Toyama Museum Association has a complete guide on its website.


1. Toyama Prefectural Museum of Modern Art 

This modern art museum features works of the 20th and 21st century, including pieces of Andy Warhol and Picasso. Many local artists are also featured here, including Toyama’s own Shuzo Takiguchi.

Hours: 9:30am–5:00pm (no entry after 4:30pm), closed on Mondays
Admission: 200円 (Perment Exhibition); between 500-1000円 (special exhibits)
Access: You can catch the free museum bus there from in front of the CIC building by Toyama Station. The bus leaves on the hour from 10am-4pm. You can also take the route bus from Shimin-hospital/Sasazu to Nishi-Nakano-guchi bus stop, and walk about 2 min.


2. Tonami Art Museum

This three story art museum sits next to Tonami Tulip Park and has a studio where locals can hold workshops.

Hours: 10:00am–6:00pm closed on Mondays
Access: Take the JR Johana Line from Takaoka Station and get off at Tonami. It’s a 15 minute walk from there.


3. Suiboku Museum 

Suiboku are Chinese ink paintings; and art style that spread through East Asia in the 15th and 16th centuries. This museum is unique for featuring many modern artists, as well as traditional ink paintings, dyed fabrics, and ceramics.

Hours: 9:30am–5:00pm (no entry after 4:30pm), closed Mondays
Access: Take the tram heading for Daigaku-mae from JR Toyama Station. Get off at Shin-Toyama, and walk 10 minutes.


4. Tateyama Museum 

This is fascinating outdoor museum where you progress through artists’ representations of hell and heaven. You’ll start at the dark and rusty hell, and work your way up to heaven. Towards the end there’s even a small zoo where you can see the sacred deer that live in the Japanese Alps.

Hours:  9:30am–5:00pm (no entry after 4:30pm), closed Mondays
Access: Take the Tateyama Line to  Toyama Chiho Railway Chigaki Station and walk about 2km (the buses only come to this area in the morning and evenings on weekdays). Or find a friend with a car.


5. Fukumitsu Museum 

This former home of Japanese woodblock artist Munakata Shikoh has been turned into a nice, small museum. It features a lot of his work in the permanent collection.

Hours:  9:00am–5:00pm (no entry after 4:30pm), closed Tuesdays
Access: Take a bus from JR Fukumitsu Station on the JR Johana Line, get off at Kawaida-onsen bus stop, and walk 10 minutes.


6. Toyama Science Museum 

This museum focuses on the history and nature around Toyama, including lots of info on our oishii mizu.

Hours:  9:00am–5:00pm (no entry after 4:30pm)
Admission:  500円
Access: Take the tram to Minami-Toyama from JR Toyama Station, and get off at Nishi-Nakano Station. It’s a 5 minute walk from there.


7. Hotaruika (Firefly Squid) Museum 

As the only Hotaruika Museum in the world, it offers visitors the chance to really interact with Toyama’s famous firefly squid, and learn all about them. It’s facilities include the Illusion Theater, and the Live Theater (where you can observe the firefly squids light up from March 20 – May 31). Behind the museum you can also enjoy a concrete path walk along the ocean.

Hours:  9:00am–5:00pm (no entry after 4:30pm), closed Tuesdays from June 1 to March 19
Access: It’s an 8 minute walk from JR Narmerikawa Station

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