Toyama Bay

Toyama Bay (富山湾, Toyama-wan) is a bay located on the northern shores of the Hokuriku region of Honshu, Japan on the Sea of Japan The bay borders Toyama and Ishikawa prefectures. The bay is known for the mirages on the horizon during the winter months and for being a spawning ground for the firefly squid.[2][3] It is also one of Japan's three largest bays.[1] Parts of the bay are within the borders of the Noto Hantō Quasi-National Park.[4]

Toyama Bay
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Toyama Bay from a beach in Toyama
Toyama Bay is located in Japan
Toyama Bay
Toyama Bay
Coordinates36°50′N 137°10′E / 36.833°N 137.167°E / 36.833; 137.167Coordinates: 36°50′N 137°10′E / 36.833°N 137.167°E / 36.833; 137.167
River sourcesKurobe, Jōganji, Jinzū, Shō
Ocean/sea sourcesSea of Japan
Basin countriesJapan
Max. depthmore than 1,200 m (3,937 ft)[1]
SettlementsKurobe, Uozu, Namerikawa, Toyama, Imizu, Takaoka, Himi, Nanao


Border communitiesEdit

Toyama Prefecture
Kurobe, Uozu, Namerikawa, Toyama, Imizu, Takaoka, Himi
Ishikawa Prefecture


Kurobe River, Jōganji River, Jinzū River, Shō River, etc.


  1. ^ a b Introduction to Toyama Bay. Toyama Prefectural Tourism Association. Accessed on December 18, 2010.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-02-04. Retrieved 2012-04-05. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Animal Fact Files - Firefly squid
  3. ^ Firefly Squids in Toyama Bay, Japan
  4. ^ Campbell, Allen; Nobel, David S (1993). Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia. Kodansha. p. 1613. ISBN 406205938X.