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A retro side trip.

The Iwase district of Toyama was a thriving port town from the beginning of the Edo Period... read more

Reviewed 21 February 2017
Iris C
Hong Kong, China
Glimpse of days gone by

The townscape of Iwase shows some great examples of old timber houses and traditional shops along... read more

Reviewed 14 September 2016
Toyama Prefecture, Japan
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Aug 6, 2017
“Deadsville on Saturday night. ”
Feb 21, 2017
“A retro side trip.”
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Iwase, Toyama 931-8356, Toyama Prefecture
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Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

We went out to the beach after we got back from the kurobe mountain gorge. After the beach we went looking for this street where supposedly shops and restaurants should be. Everything was closed except for two deserted restaurants. I don't know if it was...More

1  Thank Jeroen B
Reviewed 21 February 2017

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. I was really just wandering around listlessly, and had no inkling how I ended up with...More

2  Thank Iris C
Reviewed 17 December 2016

back to edo or sengoku jisai? i walk here many times and each time find something i did not see before. each time learn,a new lesson

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Reviewed 14 September 2016

The townscape of Iwase shows some great examples of old timber houses and traditional shops along the seaside.

Thank KerrieG99
Reviewed 7 July 2016

We got off the Iwase Station on the Toyama Light Rail and walked along the traditional street. We came across Mori House, the owner of which was in shipping from Iwase to Hokkaido. We paid a modest entrance fee (I think 100 yen), and a...More

1  Thank Charles T
Reviewed 21 April 2016

We had a few hours to fill, when overnighting for the Alpine Route. We spent a pleasant couple of hours wandering around down here. Late afternoon, no one about (tourists or locals it seemed) but some interesting architecture and streetscapes.

Thank impossible50
Reviewed 11 November 2015

Went in the afternoon on an autumn day, and it got dark by 5 pm with literally no visitor on the road. Limited old buildings compared other similar towns like Takayama and Obuse. It makes a nice side trip from Toyama city as it is...More

Thank SpringinApril
Reviewed 8 October 2015

The port is interesting because signs are in Japanese and Russian. Locals say that Russian sailors left behind a fair smattering of their DNA during their visits here. The old town is a street with lovely traditional buildings.

Thank BigIsleFoodie
Reviewed 25 June 2013

This little seaport town has undergone a wonderful transformation. Many of the buildings have been updated, but in a way to retain their traditional look. Behind the gorgeous facades however, if you delve a bit deeper is a completely functioning artist village. Local craftspeople have...More

4  Thank Julie B
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