Trip with a Rent a Car in Toyama pref: A tour to visit a fishing village and the world’s most beautiful Starbucks
What we'll do
You can go to around Toyama prefecture.
This tour is perfect for couples who are interested in history and Japan. First, take a visit to Fugankansui Koen Park. The Starbucks here is said to be the most beautiful in the world, and having a drink while gazing out at the scenery is not something to miss. The next stop, Uchikawa, is a fishing village, so you can enjoy the old-fashioned atmosphere of the townscape. In the evening, head to Amaharashi Kaigan Beach where you can watch the sunset at the Tateyama mountain range over the Yoshitsune rocks. An incredible view, this spot comes highly recommended by locals.
We can meet here, at the TOYOTA Rent a Car Toyama Station Shop.
The shop is 8-minute walk west from front of JR Toyama Sta.
The type of car we rent and the rental fee will depend on the number of people participating in the tour.
*One-way: Available inside / outside the prefecture
- Price per person
- 8,300 JPY ~ / person
- Max participants
- Up to 4 people
- Hosted in English
- Things you need to know before the tour
Things you'll need:
-Money to buy lunch
-Transportation fees to get you to the meeting place
1Fugan Canal Kansui Park
A beautiful park in the heart of Toyama, Fugan Canal Kansui Park boasts wide-open green spaces surrounded by a canal and cherry blossoms in spring. A wonderful place to enjoy the tranquility of Toyama, visitors can take a stroll by the water, relax in the park, or enjoy a picnic with family or friends. The park even has a Michelin-starred restaurant and a Starbucks with views overlooking the water, often said to be the “most beautiful Starbucks in the world.” The park is also equipped with an observation deck for bird watching and cruises along the canal for those craving an even broader view of the scenery.
2Kairyu Marine Park
Kairyu Marine Park is one of the largest marina facilities in the Sea of Japan, and here visitors can enjoy marine sports and fishing to their hearts' content. Toyama Bay, which faces this marina, has relatively gentle waves, and marine leisure activities such as cruising and fishing can be enjoyed all year long. In each region of Japan, a cruising route selected by the government called Marintik Kaido has been developed so that many people can experience the fun of boats and the ocean. Toyama Bay, where Kairyu Marine Park is located, was selected in March 2019 as the sole model route on the Sea of Japan side of the Honshu island. In addition to cruising, passengers can also enjoy sightseeing in the suburbs and gourmet cuisine spots when stopping at the port.
Nearby the marina is the Kaiwo Maru Park, which spreads out around the sailing ship Kaiwo Maru, sometimes called the "lady of the sea." The largest cable-stayed bridge in the Sea of Japan, Shinminato Bridge, is also located here, and comes highly recommended as a picturesque photo point. Toyama Bay is one of the most beautiful bays in the world, making Kairyu Marine Park an excellent place to safely and casually enjoy marine leisure.
Kaiwomaru Park is the bay area that spreads out around Kaiwo Maru. Sometimes called the "lady of the sea," Kaiwo Maru is a sailing ship built as a training ship for a merchant-marine school, and in 2018 it was recognized as having historical and cultural value and certified as a "boat legacy."
Also within the park is an establishment known as the Japan Sea Center. Models of sailing boats from a variety of countries around the world as well as displays relating to the sea, ports, and boats can be found here, making it a popular base for information about the ocean. There are also a variety of themed culture classes available, allowing visitors to deepen their understanding and knowledge of the ocean.
Okigaedokoro Kippo is a kimono rental shop that specializes in dress to wear around town. Visitors can choose a kimono of their liking from over 100 antiques and pair it with an obi (sash) to make a kimono style unique to the wearer. Everything you'll need is included in the rental cost, and a staff member will even teach you how to put on the kimono properly, so anyone who wants to try it out can visit empty-handed and without worries.
The services offered don't end with the kimono fitting, though; there are also options where you can learn the proper mannerisms of wearing kimono as well as proper etiquette for tea ceremonies. There is also a plan that includes a traditional Japanese lunch. There are a variety of popular plans available, so if you have the time, be sure to give it a try before or after your stroll around the town.
5Amaharashi Kaigan Beach
With its name translating directly into “sunshine after the rain”, Amaharashi Kaigan Beach is popular for its magnificent reef and Japanese Pine trees. Sitting on the beach to overlook the sunrise where the sun shines upon the reef, with mountain ranges so close by is a rare experience. This may be the reason why Amaharashi Kaigan Beach has inspired so many Japanese poems. Historically, the Amaharashi Kaigan Beach has long been favored location by Japanese poets, and it appears in a large number of Japan’s most famous poem collections.