Inami, Toyama

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Inami, Toyama
Flag of Inami, Toyama
Official logo of Inami, Toyama
Inami, Toyama is located in Japan
Inami, Toyama
Inami, Toyama
Location of Inami in Japan
Coordinates: 36°33′37″N 136°58′16″E / 36.560215°N 136.971021°E / 36.560215; 136.971021Coordinates: 36°33′37″N 136°58′16″E / 36.560215°N 136.971021°E / 36.560215; 136.971021
Country  Japan
Prefecture  Toyama
 • Estimate (2003) 9,972
 • Density 380.61/km2 (985.8/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)

Inami (井波町, Inami-machi) was a town located in Higashitonami District, Toyama Prefecture, Japan. In 2003, the town had an estimated population of 9,972 and a density of 380.61 persons per km². The total area was 26.20 km².

On November 1, 2004, Inami, along with the towns of Fukuno and Jōhana, the villages of Inokuchi, Kamitaira, Taira and Toga (all from the 12th District), and the town of Fukumitsu (from the 5th District), merged to create the city of Nanto.[1]


Inami is most well known for its extensive wood carving district which traces its origins to the construction of the Inami Betsuin Zuisen-ji Temple in 1390. This temple, entirely made of wood and ornamented with intricate carvings has a long history of burning down only to be rebuilt in a much more extravagant fashion.[2] The temple was most recently rebuilt during the Meiji period in 1885, and now exists as the largest wooden Pureland Buddhist temple in the Hokuriku region.[3] It was officially designated as "one of the prefecture's important cultural assets" on April 1, 1965.[3]

Because of its rich history, wood carving is the major trade in Inami. During the reconstruction of the temple in the mid 18th century woodcarvers from Kyoto were dispatched to help in the rebuilding process. These helpers ushered in a new era of woodcarving in Inami, and local carpenters began to produce a more varied assortment of carvings than the temple pieces they had focused on previously.[4] Presently, the woodcarvers use over 200 different variations of chisels to complete their works. They are considered to be the most skilled woodcarvers Japan.[2]

The sound of the Inami woodcarving district was chosen in 1996 as one of the 100 Soundscapes of Japan.[5]


  1. ^ "A Survey of Nanto City". Nanto City. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Inami Chokoku 1: Traditional Craft from Japan's Best Wood Carving Technique". Goin’ Japanesque!. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Inami Betsuin Zuisenji Temple". Toyama Japan Nanto. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Inami Woodcarving". Japan Traditional Crafts Aoyoma Square. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  5. ^ "100 Soundscapes of Japan". Ministry of the Environment. Archived from the original on 8 June 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2017.

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