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Ainokura Gassho Community

Ainokura, Nanto, Toyama Prefecture 939-1915, Japan
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Ranked #2 of 18 Attractions in Nanto
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Lookouts, Cultural
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Tokyo, Japan
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102 reviews 102 reviews
57 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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141 reviews 141 reviews
75 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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42 reviews 42 reviews
25 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
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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Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
26 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012 via mobile

Ainokura is nestled between mountains in a rather remote location more popularly known as Shirikawago. My 4 yr old son and I stayed in the Goyoman, one of the tatched roof gassho style homes for 2 nights. We were told the buildings were something like 200 years old and still in its original condition. We were treated to a generous... More

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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44 reviews 44 reviews
7 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2012

Feel the weight of history, folk wisdom, and beautiful nature there. The snow doesn't bother me, but it made me happy. A pair of heavy gauge sock is a must to bring, if you stay overnight there.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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214 reviews 214 reviews
115 attraction reviews
296 helpful votes 296 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2012

My wife and I stayed two nights in Takayama. As soon as we arrived in Takayama we booked a Nohi Bus Guided Tour to Shirakawago, which included Ainokura Village The tour was booked for our second day. The tour left from Takayama Bus Depot next to Takayama Station. Cost was 6,500 yen (per person) which included lunch and admission to... More

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Hamilton, Canada
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44 reviews 44 reviews
19 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2010

We visited Ainokura during the hottest temperatures in July. the buildings were very interesting to look at and we could walk around the rice fields. It was interesting to see how they preserved their buildings-There was no air conditioning- but the residents accepted the heat and humidity and worked at their daily chores. It is in the Japanese alps- so... More

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