My friend living in Toyama strongly recommended joining the Hotaruika Tour Boat and to visit Yaomachi town’s Owara Kaze no Bon festival, if we visited Toyama Prefecture. When we went to Toyama to see Kurobe Dam, we stayed at Yaomachi’s traditional inn, Miyata Ryokan. We could not see the festival, but enjoyed the old town atmosphere.

Miyata Ryokan was established in the late Edo era, in the mid 1850’s. It has an elegant and stylish design.

Miyata Ryokan

Miyata Ryokan


Inside of Miyata Ryokan

View from the guest room

View from the guest room

Breakfast at Miyata Ryokan

Breakfast at Miyata Ryokan

Yaomachi became prosperous with sericultural, having produced and traded silkworm eggs since the Edo era in the 17th century, and was called the silkworm town up until World War Ⅱ. Yaomachi was said to pay 60% of duty for the Toyama clan at that time. Yaomachi’s merchants developed its culture with their huge fortunes.

Old merchant houses that sell raw silk and Japanese paper still exist on Suwa Honmachi Street.


Suwa Honmachi Street


Displayed flowers


Local bank in Yaomachi

You can enjoy Owara Kaze no Bon festival in early September to pray for a good harvest and to prevent wind disaster. There is a pre-festival at the end of August. You can see Ecchu Owara Bushi dance during the festival season. The Ecchu Owara Bushi has been performed for more than 300 years.

Yaomachi is famous for its Owara Kaze no Bon Festival at the beginning of September. The song of Ecchu Owara is said to have begun in the 17th century with more than 300 years of history.

After walking through Suwa Honmachi Street, we went to Ida River through Zendera Slopes. Zendera Slopes was developed to transport marchant goods from Ida River.


Zendera Slopes


Ida River

It takes 40 mins by car or public transportation from Toyama city to Yaomachi town. It is worth a visit and stay to see the old traditional town in Toyama.