Japan Parks & Gardens: Fugan Canal Kansui Park, Toyama
Fugan Canal Kansui Park 富岩運河環水公園
The Fugan Canal Kansui Park, a short walk north of Toyama Station in Toyama city, is a popular area of spacious lawns and still water. People come here to enjoy the tranquility, stroll along the water's edge, bird watch or enjoy the cherry blossom in spring.
History of Fugan Canal Kansui Park
Fugan Canal Kansui Park was created over many years following flood control on the Jinzu River beginning in 1901. Starting in 1928, a canal was built to Higashi-iwase on the coast at Toyama Bay and a port and industrial area constructed. The Fugan Canal was finally completed in 1935 and played a considerable part in the pre-war development of Toyama city.
The canal fell into disuse from the 1950's but was cleaned up and preserved by the city authorities. From the 1980's a 9.7 hectare park was created and the symbolic Tenmon-kyo Bridge constructed.
Fugan Suijo Line Cruises
The Fugan Suijo Line operates a number of cruises on the canal from Fugan Canal Kansui Park to Nakajima Lock and Iwase.
The one-way price is 1,500 yen for adults to Iwase or 1,200 yen to Nakajima Lock. You can either return on the boat or catch the Toyama Light Rail back to Toyama Station. The boats run from April to November. Check the Fugan Suijo Line website for a timetable and full prices.
Things to do at Fugan Canal Kansui Park
Fugan Canal Kansui Park is a popular place to come and picnic on the lawns in the cherry blossom season in spring. The large, glass, waterside Starbucks is often described as the "most beautiful Starbucks in the world" and is a big draw for domestic visitors.
The stylish, Michelin-starred French restaurant La Chance is housed in another glass building and is a popular venue for weddings on weekends, but accepts restaurant-only reservations, too. Bird watchers can enjoy watching the many birds through provided binoculars from the observation post on the eastern side of the water.
Fugan Canal Kansui Park and Tenmon-kyo Bridge are illuminated in the evenings and the park is also the venue for summer fireworks displays.
Access - how to get to Fugan Canal Kansui Park, Toyama
Fugan Canal Kansui Park
Minato Irifune-cho, Toyama-shi
Tel: 076 444 6041
Hours: Open all day, every day.
Fugan Canal Kansui Park is a short walk north of Toyama Station. There are 249 car parking spaces.
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