Not a common draw-card for foreign travellers but has its own charm with clean, modern architecture and convenient, cheap transport.
We did the Kurobe Gorge Railway trip. It's not an hour and a half, but three hours plus round trip from Toyama.
Once on the open train its cold and then it's much the same bend after bend. So if you have a petulant child with you, "are we there yet, are we there yet?" Don't go. The enclosed carriages are the best.
Uozu town, we recommend to rent bicycle and ride along sea side street on morning or evening. The sunset at Uozu is very beautiful.
Shiro eki (white shrimp) is local recommend menu.
Toyama offers a different view of Japan Alps in winter , which has no snow but absolutely freezing temperature in the rainy wet December cold winter.
Toyama castle was within walking distance from the JR Toyama station and the Excel Tokyu hotel , the smallest castle we have seen for the whole of Japan- due to the lowest ranking of the warlords of that era! A new 2017 Toyama station is being built so there were many new makeshift walkways all around.
It is a good location to start for visitors of Tateyama Kurobe and Kurobe Unazuki-onsen. Toyama itself may not have many sightseeing spots.
I saw from the Internet that Toyama Castle was only rebuilt but the sakura view is fantastic. But I didn't have time to visit, so no comment.
Toyama is a clean city and the people there are very friendly. Will visit Toyama again if I go to Japan.
This is a lovely small city, easy to navigate with good light rail system making it easy to get around.
People were very friendly but it would be helpful if the map distributed by the tourism centre was to scale so you could judge distances better.
Perhaps Toyama does get many foreign visitors...because the restaurants we went to, even though my friend and I both speak Japanese, were just not friendly to us.
I even asked one lady if she was afraid of us...she said 'no' and walked away...didn't smile. Strange. But my friend and I still had a good time skiiing and enjoyed the hot springs, and just forgot about the local people.