In the heart of Japan, Toyama prefecture is located in the mid-north of the main island of Honshu. The Shinkansen train makes its rich heritage only 2hr20min from Tokyo. Renowned for stunning natural scenery, Toyama, which ranges from the dizzy peaks of the Tateyama range in the Japanese Alps in the south and east to the immense bay of Toyama opening onto the Sea of Japan in the north, boasts very varied landscapes and a wide choice of leisure activities. Historically close to its neighbours, China and Korea, the region has no lack of thriving craft industries (Takaoka, Johana, Inami) and is proud of its vibrant traditions, embodied by the characteristic villages, a UNESCO World Heritage site, of Gokayama valley. Countless onsen (spa resorts), fine food and colourful festivals of floats add further appeal to this region.