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Address: Ainokura, Nanto 939-1915, Toyama Prefecture

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A smaller community Village

With around only 60 inhabitants it was losing it's ability to stay in tact. The government must subsidise the area, being over 90% forestation, the main employment being to show... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

With around only 60 inhabitants it was losing it's ability to stay in tact. The government must subsidise the area, being over 90% forestation, the main employment being to show tourists around the village, along with farming. Again with better weather I would have stayed longer. The roofs of the houses are something to be seen, thatched to withstand rain,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Very small town in a complete different world. Not anywhere near Ogimachi if you ask us. It's much more authentic and our stay in Gasshu Minshuku Nakaya guesthouse was phenomenal. Great hospitality, great dinner and breakfast! I hesitated whether i'd post this because I hope it won't get spoiled like Ogimachi...then again it's harder to get to so the lazy... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Visiting Ainokura village after Shirakawa-go in April, during Spring Festival in Takayama. I have to travel from Kanazawa to Takaoka and took World Heritage bus to Shirakawa-go direction, one day pass will cost 3500 yen for this journey (passing by Ainokura and Sugunuma village as well), the snow still pretty thick there and it was raining the whole day. The... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We were very excited to visit Ainokura Village. We had seen many reviews online raving about this site, suggesting visitors should stop here over Shirakawago. We spent about a good 2 hours+ at Ainokura, touring the village grounds (to the extent possible because of the snow) and also having an early lunch in one of the cafes. The grounds cover... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

We visited Shirakawago in 1994, just before it became World Heritage listed. Today it is overcrowded with tourists, certainly on the autumn weekend we visited, when cars are barred and it becomes pedestrian only. At the entrance to the town, an elderly man directed us to the parking lot. Instead of waiting in line for cars to leave the full... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We visited this village in May 2014. It's lovely and unique village. It's not our plan but we just plan one day before. If we have time, we would like to spend one night here.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Staying there overnight was a perfect example of a small Japanese country town. The town is not worth much more than a nights stay during the winter because all the surrounding trails are closed and travel is very difficult.

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Traralgon, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

During our recent holiday in Japan my wife booked a few days in Takayama with the plan to bring me here as she knew I would love the remote snow covered village, she was right it was glorious. It is an hours bus ride from Takayama. Given World Heritage status in 1995 the place is a treasure. The village contains... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

Last october we spent one night of our honeymoon in Ainokura, a small little village which is known for being one of the World heritage site gassho-zukuri towns. It is smaller than Ogimachi and was our second choice after we learnt that the first one was completly fully booked for the night. However, at that time we didn’t know how... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

We visited the village during May as part of an organised tour from the Sun Princess cruise ship. It is a really pleasant drive through the countryside & mountains (about an hour) to reach the village. The style of the houses are very interesting & having seen pictures of the village in winter, I can understand why the houses are... More 

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Address: Address: Ainokura, Nanto 939-1915, Toyama Prefecture
Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Chubu  >  Toyama Prefecture  >  Nanto

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