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Toyama prefecture
Toyama prefecture.
Takaoka was one of the first 38 cities to be founded in Japan under the municipal organization of 1889 and it celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1989.
Takaoka , a commercial and industrial city , is the second largest city in Toyama prefecture covering an area of 209 km2, and with a population of about 180,000
Mt. Futagami (part of the Noto Peninsula Quasi-national Park) rises out of the hills running along Takaoka's western half. To the north is the prominent Fushiki Port and the picturesque Amaharashi beach, which extends along the coastline of Toyama bay as it opens into the Japan Sea.
"Takaoka," lit. "high hill," was so named in 1609 by Toshinaga Maeda, second lord of the Kaga clan, when he built his castle at Sekino, the present day city center. The name of the city comes from a phrase meaning "high hill" found in the Shi King, an ancient Chinese poetry collection.
Toshinaga Maeda's Zuiryuji temple, an early Edo period Zen monastery, shows the power and wealth of the Kaga clan at that time. The temple's statue of the Buddha, lecture hall, and temple gate have all been recognized as national treasures.