Trip with a Rent a Car in Toyama pref: A tour to taste Toyama sweets and spiritualism
What we'll do
You can go to 3 districts in Toyama prefecture.
This tour is great for women in their 60s who love nature. Here, you can enjoy a peaceful walk through the woods at Sugisawa no Sawasugi and a leisurely lunch on the banks of the Funa River. If you visit in spring, you can also enjoy gazing at the cherry blossoms during hanami. Be sure to stop by Sengankei, a valley where Buddhist priests were trained a long time ago, and botanical gardens where you can appreciate a variety of plants and flowers
We can meet here, at the TOYOTA Rent a Car Takaoka Shop.
From JR Shin-Takaoka Sta. North Ext., 3-minute drive toward Ainokaze Toyama Railway Line Takaoka 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
*To/from JR Shin-Takaoka Sta. North Ext. and Takaoka Sta. South Ext. on the Ainokaze Toyama Railway. (Upon advance request.)
- 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
1Sugisawa no Sawasugi / Sawasugi Shizenkan Nature Museum
Selected as one of Japan's 100 Famous Natural Water Sources, Sugisawa no Sawasugi is a collection of plant life growing en masse around a spring in the middle of the Sawasugi forest. At one time, near the coast in the Yoshihara area of Nyusen-machi, the forest called Sawasugi spanned over 40 places and 130 hectares, full of Japanese cedar (sugi) trees. However, due to development projects around 1973, almost all of it was converted into paddy fields. Currently, only 2.67 hectares are preserved.
2Funa Riverbank Cherry Blossoms
The best time to see cherry blossoms each year is mid-April, and the Funa River boasts the blossoms of 250 Yoshino cherry trees lining both banks and stretching 800 meters. The cherry trees on the riverside create a sort of tunnel, and when the flowers are in full bloom, they make a beautiful contrast against the mountains of the Northern Alps. On top of that, tulips and field mustard flowers can also be seen just in front of the cherry blossoms, creating a blooming silhouette of seasonal flora. The collection of cherry blossoms, lingering snow on the mountains, tulips, and field mustard flowers is known as the "spring quartet," and the sight is well worth a look.
The Asahi Cherry Blossom Festival is held during the blooming period, and with a variety food stalls lined up, it's an excellent spot for hanami. When the flowers are in full bloom, there are also illuminations after dark, so visitors can enjoy romantic views of evening blossoms.
3Oiwasan Nissekiji Temple
The Oiwasan Nissekiji Temple is a historic location founded in AD 725 when a monk carved a figure of Buddhist deity Fudo Myo-o into a huge rock on the Oiwa River. Since then, the temple has become a spiritual place for ascetic monks and worshipers. The temple features a large waterfall as well as figures carved into the volcanic tuff surrounding it. A winter training ritual is conducted under six waterfalls at this temple once a year on a day known as Daikan (the coldest day) on the lunar calendar. Participants are said to have their minds and bodies purified by washing away desires and passions. Anyone can enjoy this unique, spiritual event simply by renting a white robe for JPY 300. The are is also home to some outdoor hot springs that can be used to relax and warm up after the ritual.
4Botanic Gardens of Toyama
The Botanic Gardens of Toyama is a comprehensive botanical garden with vast grounds of around 25 hectares. Over 5,000 species of plants native to Japan and overseas have been collected here. No matter the time of year, visitors are sure to encounter exquisite plant life within the park. The outdoor exhibitions in the park are divided into two sections by a flower promenade. To the north of the promenade lies the World Plant Zone, and to the south is the Japan Plant Zone. The World Plant Zone is a collection of rare plants from around the world, beautiful flowering plants, fragrant plants, and plants deeply rooted in human life.