Toyama Prefecture

Toyama Prefecture (富山県, Toyama-ken) is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region of Honshu.[2] Toyama Prefecture has a population of 1,044,588 (1 June 2019) and has a geographic area of 4,247.61 km² (1,640.01 sq mi). Toyama Prefecture borders Ishikawa Prefecture to the west, Gifu Prefecture to the south, Nagano Prefecture to the east, and Niigata Prefecture to the northeast.

Toyama Prefecture

Japanese transcription(s)
 • Japanese富山県
 • RōmajiToyama-ken
Flag of Toyama Prefecture
Official logo of Toyama Prefecture
Location of Toyama Prefecture
Coordinates: 36°43′N 137°9′E / 36.717°N 137.150°E / 36.717; 137.150Coordinates: 36°43′N 137°9′E / 36.717°N 137.150°E / 36.717; 137.150
RegionChūbu (Hokuriku)
SubdivisionsDistricts: 2, Municipalities: 15
 • GovernorTakakazu Ishii
 • Total4,247.61 km2 (1,640.01 sq mi)
Area rank33rd
 (June 1, 2019)
 • Total1,044,588
 • Rank37th
 • Density250/km2 (640/sq mi)
ISO 3166 codeJP-16
FishJapanese amberjack
Pasiphaea japonica
Firefly squid[1]
FlowerTulip (Tulipa)[1]
TreeTateyama Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica)[1]
Toyama Prefectural Office Building

Toyama is the capital and largest city of Toyama Prefecture, with other major cities including Takaoka, Imizu, and Nanto.[3] Toyama Prefecture is part of the historic Hokuriku region, and the majority of prefecture's population lives on Toyama Bay, one of the largest bays in Japan. Toyama Prefecture is the leading industrial prefecture on the Japan Sea coast and has the advantage of cheap electricity from abundant hydroelectric resources. Toyama Prefecture contains the only known glaciers in East Asia outside of Russia, first recognized in 2012, and 30% of the prefecture's area is designated as national parks.[4]


Historically, Toyama Prefecture was Etchū Province.[5] Following the abolition of the han system in 1871, Etchū Province was renamed Niikawa Prefecture, but Imizu District was given to Nanao Prefecture. In 1872 Imizu District was returned by the new Ishikawa Prefecture.

In 1876, Niikawa Prefecture was merged into Ishikawa Prefecture but the merger was void in 1881 and the area was re-established as Toyama Prefecture.[citation needed]

The Itai-itai disease occurred in Toyama around 1950.


Toyama Prefecture is bordered by Ishikawa Prefecture to the west, Niigata to the northeast, Nagano to the southeast, Gifu to the south and Sea of Japan to the north.

As of April 1, 2012, 30% of the total land area of the prefecture was designated as Natural Parks, namely the Chūbu-Sangaku and Hakusan National Parks; Noto Hantō Quasi-National Park; and six Prefectural Natural Parks.[6]


Map of Toyama Prefecture
     City      Town      Village
City of Toyama

Due to the mergers in the 2000s, Toyama has the fewest municipalities of any prefecture in Japan with 10 cities, 2 districts, 4 towns, and 1 village (before the mergers took place, the prefecture had 9 cities, 18 towns, and 8 villages).


Ten cities are located in Toyama Prefecture:

Towns and villagesEdit

These are the towns and villages in each district:


List of governors of Toyama Prefecture (from 1947)Edit

This is a list of governors of Toyama with their titles.

  • 19 April, 1947–15 November, 1947: Tetsuji Tachi (館哲二)
  • 16 November, 1947-30 September, 1956: Takekuni Takatsuji (高辻武邦)
  • 1 October, 1956–1 December, 1969: Minoru Yoshida (吉田実)
  • 30 December, 1969-18 September, 1980: Kokichi Nakata (中田幸吉)
  • 11 November, 1980-8 November, 2004: Yutaka Nakaoki (中沖豊)
  • 9 November, 2004-present: Takakazu Ishii (石井隆一)



In 2014 Toyama contributed approximately 2.5% of Japan's rice production[7] and makes use of abundant water sources originating from Mount Tate. It also has many fisheries along its Sea of Japan coastline.


Toyama is famous for its historical pharmaceutical industry which remains a top manufacturing industry in the prefecture in terms of manufacturing shipment value followed by electronic parts and devices (industrial robots, general machinery, etc.), and metal products (aluminum, copper etc.) manufacturing.


Kurobe Dam generates electricity for the Kansai Electric Power Company. It is located on the Kurobe River in Toyama Prefecture.


Per Japanese census data,[8] and[9], Toyama has had gradual population increase after 1950 and gradual population decline at 1960-1970 and 21st century

Historical population
1920 724,000—    
1930 779,000+7.6%
1940 823,000+5.6%
1950 1,009,000+22.6%
1960 1,033,000+2.4%
1970 1,030,000−0.3%
1980 1,103,000+7.1%
1990 1,120,000+1.5%
2000 1,120,851+0.1%
2010 1,093,247−2.5%
2020 1,044,588−4.5%



Tokyo: 2 hr 7 min via Hokuriku Shinkansen

Osaka: 3 hr via Hokuriku Shinkansen and Thunderbird Limited Express

  • The Hokuriku Shinkansen line is scheduled to extend to Osaka in the future, and will shorten the Osaka-Toyama trip to approximately 1 hr 40 min.






UNESCO World Heritage Cultural SitesEdit

Gokayama Historical Village (Nanto City)

National Treasures of JapanEdit

Zuiryū-ji Temple (Takaoka City)



Tonami Yotaka Festival (June)
Uozu Tatemon Festival (August)


  • Sassa Narimasa Sengoku Era Festival (Toyama City), Late July
  • Japan Wildlife Film Festival (Toyama Prefecture), Early August



Regional FoodsEdit

  • Trout Sushi (Masu Zushi)
  • White Shrimp (Shiro Ebi)
  • Matured Yellow Tail (Buri)
  • Firefly Squid (Hotaru Ika)
  • Fish Paste (Kamaboko)

Regional sakeEdit

  • Tateyama (立山)
  • Narimasa (成政)
  • Masuizumi (満寿泉)
  • Sanshoraku (三笑楽)


The sports teams listed below are based in Toyama.

Football (soccer)



Rugby Union


International LinksEdit


  1. ^ a b c d 富山県の魅力・観光>シンボル. Toyama Prefectural website (in Japanese). Toyama Prefecture. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  2. ^ Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Toyama prefecture" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 991, p. 991, at Google Books; "Hokuriku" at p. 344, p. 344, at Google Books.
  3. ^ Nussbaum, "Toyama" at p. 991, p. 991, at Google Books.
  4. ^ Matsutani, Minoru (April 6, 2012). "First glaciers in Japan recognised". The Japan Times. Retrieved May 20, 2012.
  5. ^ Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780, p. 780, at Google Books.
  6. ^ "General overview of area figures for Natural Parks by prefecture" (PDF). Ministry of the Environment. Retrieved 29 June 2012.
  7. ^ "米の生産 〔2014年〕" (in Japanese). Retrieved May 11, 2015.
  8. ^ Toyama 1995-2020 population statistics
  9. ^ Toyama 1920-2000 population statistics
  10. ^ "Andhra Pradesh inks pact with Toyama Prefecture". The Hindu. December 29, 2015. Retrieved February 17, 2019.


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