Iwase Tour

Historic streets lined with shipping buildings from the Meiji Period

  • Omachi Niikawamachi-dori. This street used to be the Hokkoku Kaido highway, an important highway in the Edo Period.

The Iwase district of Toyama was a thriving port town from the beginning of the Edo Period (1603-1867), serving the Kitamae cargo ships that crossed the Sea of Japan. An important highway called the Hokkoku Kaido used to run through this area, lined with Kitamae shipping buildings with the riverbed as a backdrop. Many buildings from the Meiji Period (1868-1912) remain now, preserving much of the district’s history.
Attractions: Morike Kitamae Shipping Building, Morike earthen warehouses (Tajiri Brewery, glass studio, ceramics studio, etc.)
Restaurants: Shogetsu (Japanese food)
Souvenirs: Otsukaya (triangle dora-yaki cakes), Imaeda Fukusukedo (triangle dora-yaki cakes), Shichifukutei (tobi-dango dumplings), Nomura Shoten (kelp), Masudashuzo (Sake Brewery)

  • A streetside monument to the Kitamae cargo ships.

  • Tajiri Brewery, located in one of the Morike earthen warehouses

  • Try a triangle dora-yaki cake from Otsukaya!

Iwase Tour

Address Iwase Higashi-machi, Toyama-shi, Toyama 931-8356
Access 25 minutes by Toyama Light Rail from Toyamaeki-kita (North Gate of Toyama Station on the JR Hokuriku Main Line) to Higashi-Iwase, Keirinjo-mae or Iwase-hama. Approx. 10 minute walk from these stations.
20 minutes by car from JR Toyama Station
35 minutes by car from the Toyama Interchange on the Hokuriku Expressway
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