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Address: Ainokura, Nanto 939-1915, Toyama Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 763662123
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nice place. quiet but really beautiful even though is quite hard to walk from ainokuraguchi bus station going to the village with luggage during winter time but after you see the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Lisa C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

nice place. quiet but really beautiful even though is quite hard to walk from ainokuraguchi bus station going to the village with luggage during winter time but after you see the place everything is worth it.

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ainokura is a much better choice than the over touristy Shirakawago for an authentic and peaceful gassho zukuri visit, especially for a one night stay in the village. However, there is really not a lot to do here. There are 2 small museums, 2 restaurants, a few souvenir shops and a few large rocks labeled as various tourist destinations on... More 

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Thank oliveles84
Yokosuka, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Ainokura Village was a small traditional village tucked away in a high valley. We visited in early December when there was a little snow high in the mountains, but none on the ground in the village. There were a couple of Gassho thatched roof buildings that have been converted to museums. Though the exhibit are mostly in Japanese, some English... More 

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Thank Jeff C
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

After reading a lot about villages in Japan, Ainokura seemed to be the most authentic experience. That it may be, but its nowhere close to the charming Shirakawa-go historic village. Its quite out of the way for tourism. My opinion though.

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Thank Sayantan G
Phuket Town, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

A small village with fantastic view, not so many tourists compared to other Gassho style villages. It was really beautiful in autumn. Great place to stay to experience local culture.

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Thank Yuvanart
Tokyo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015 via mobile

The little village is worth visiting! We've rented a car and it was a pleasant drive. Had lunch at the Matsuya and bought some vegetables and soba as souvenir. Less tourists and quiet. Beware as it is cold! Loved it!

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Thank Tanaka G
Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

I went to this village early of this year during winter time. I accidentally found this village due to unavailability accommodation in Shirakawago. This village is small and people there are friendly. It not crowed with tourist. I took local bus from Shirakawago to this village and stayed at the Gasho house for 1 night . You can feel the... More 

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Kapaa, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

This UNESCO World heritage site is a must visit location. There are inns in the village and if you have time you should stay over night. The Village is in the Gassho roof style and there is soo much history and culture in this functional hamlet. A short walk above the village gives a great view of the village.

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central Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015 via mobile

My family enjoyed visiting this village. It was an enjoyable 1 hour bus ride from the Shin-Takaoka station. We appreciated the nice restaurant that served udon and soba noodles and plenty of fresh cold water. The kids had fun making washi (paper). The village was very quiet, not busy at all. The museum hosts appreciated seeing us and encouraged us... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 via mobile

We hired a car from Takayama and visited the three World Heritage listed villages with gassho style houses in the Shirakawago and Gokayama region in the following order - Ogimachi, Suganuma & Ainokura. Whilst Ogimachi has some advantages, for me, Ainokura was the pick of the three. It's small, nestled amongst hills and less visited...at least when we were there... More 

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