Toyama Travel Blog› entry 5 of 14 › view all entries
December 11th, 2004 – by: bcbusdriver
Toyama has a fairly large nuclear power plant and the Japanese that met there were very surprised that I was visiting their city and not on business but for pleasure. I guess foreigners do not visit this part of Japan much and certainly not in December. This was part of the reason we did decide to visit as we wanted to get away from the typical tourist route and see some real Japan. the bad news we discovered was that Toyama was almost 1005 destroyed in World War 2 by American bombers and so the city has very little old buildings. However we did find a nice garden around a small temple that we enjoyed. They also had a funny looking city hall building that I took photos of.
The best part was just outside the main part of the city we found a small park with a old forest still growing. the park also had a decent rocky beach that looked over the Japan Sea. If you looked really hard you could almost see the Korean coastline. This area of Japan must also have a lot of contact with Russia as most of the people I met here assumed I was Russian were as in the rest of the country I was assumed to be American or British.
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