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There are few places on Earth that are as in touch with their culture, history, and landscape as Japan. Toyama Prefecture is home to Toyama City and many other cities with some of the greatest examples of what makes Japan incredible. Toyama itself means “rich with mountains,” and the prefecture certainly doesn’t disappoint. Not only is the area home to gorgeous mountains, but it provides many opportunities for visitors to experience them first-hand. Regardless of where your interests lie, Toyama is an area that everyone should visit at least once.

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1. Glass Art Museum

The Toyama Glass Art Museum in Toyama City is unique in that it contains many works of art while being a work of art itself. When it comes to architects, there are few who hold as much world-wide renown as Kuma Kengo. His work is wide and varied, but one of his most popular buildings is the Kirari building that holds houses the Toyama Glass Art Museum. Within the museum are six floors of magnificent glass art pieces from a variety of artists. The fourth through sixth floors feature permanent collections while the others rotate their exhibits. The fourth floor is full of work from many different international artists while the sixth-floor holds collections from one of the most famous glass sculptors, Dale Chihuly.

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