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Toyama Prefecture

prefecture of Japan
Toyama in Japan-sea coast
Map of Toyama Prefecture.

Toyama Prefecture (富山県, Toyama-ken) is a prefecture in the Chūbu region of Japan on the island of Honshū.[1] The capital is Toyama.[2]

HistoryEdit

The area of Toyama Prefecture comes from Etchū Province.[3]

The Itai-itai disease, whose origin is from polluted water with cadmium, occurred in Toyama around 1950.

GeographyEdit

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

The most famous mountain in Toyama is Mount Tate.[source?]

Toyama is known for its great mountains and rich fishery. Trout sushi (ますずし, masu-zushi), firefly squid (ほたるいか, hotaru-ika) and mass product of tulip industry are also famous.[source?]

Toyama is an industrial prefecture because companies like YKK and Sankyo Aluminum have been able to take advantage of cheap hydro-electricity generated by rivers flowing from its high mountains.[source?]

National ParksEdit

National Parks are established in about 30% of the total land area of the prefecture,[4] including

Shrines and TemplesEdit

Takase taisha, Keta jinja, and Oyama jinja are the chief Shinto shrines (ichinomiya) in the prefecture. [5]

Related pagesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Toyama prefecture" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 991; "Hokuriku" at p. 344.
  2. Nussbaum, "Toyama" at p. 991.
  3. Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures," p. 780.
  4. Japan Ministry of the Environment, "General overview of area figures for Natural Parks by prefecture"; retrieved 2012-8-28.
  5. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 2; retrieved 2012-8-28.

Other websitesEdit

  Media related to Toyama prefecture at Wikimedia Commons