Location of Toyama City
Toyama City covers a large area spreading from the center of Toyama Prefecture to the southeast. It faces Toyama Bay which abounds in fish to the north, and the magnificent Tateyama Mountain Range to the east. Hills and mountain villages range to the west, and fruitful country view and forests spread to the south.
There are also large and small rivers, such as Jinzu and Joganji, running through the city, forming cultures along them. The nature, from Toyama Bay blessed with an abundance of seafood to the 3,000-meter mountains attracting climbers, create the first-class landscape in the world.
History of Toyama City
The plain in Toyama City is good farmland and historically it was an important point for traffic like Hokuriku Road, and frequently turned into a battlefield during the feudal age.
In the era of Azuchimomoyama, Sassa Narimasa became the governor of Toyama, and he accomplished the feat of taming the rampaging rivers, bringing about an even more flourishing agricultural industry here in Toyama.
In the Edo Period, Toyama Domain was established, where a positive industrial promotion policy was implemented on the production of medicine and Japanese paper. Also, thanks to the improvement of land and sea transportation or physical distribution routes in addition to the unique medicine peddling, these industries thrived and Toyama became known nation-wide as the province of medicine.
After the Meiji Restoration, Toyama developed as the prefectural capital and the industrial city based on abundant electricity which was generated in some hydro power stations in the mountains near-by. Although the streets of Toyama were devastated by an air raid in August 1945, Toyama has become one of the most influential cities on the Japan Sea side with its good water supply, drainage system and thriving agricultural, forestry, fishery, commercial and manufacturing industries.
In 1996, it was designated as a “core city” and in April 2005, Toyama City and its six neighboring towns and villages were incorporated into the new “Toyama City”
Industries in Toyama City
Traditionally, the city has been well-known for medicine, but more recently it is making efforts to nurture some new industries concerning environmental preservation, biology and information technology. At the same time, it promotes tourism, making the most of its tourist spots such as Yatsuo which is famous nation-wide for its Owara Folk Dance and Tateyama Mountain Range, etc.
At present, it urges the enterprises to make itself attractive as the prefectural capital of 420,000 population.