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Ainokura Gassho Community

Ainokura, Nanto, Toyama Prefecture 939-1915, Japan
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Ranked #2 of 15 attractions in Nanto
Type: Historic Sites, Lookouts, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Bangkok, Thailand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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113 reviews 113 reviews
59 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 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
69 reviews 69 reviews
25 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
7 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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
281 helpful votes 281 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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