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Takayama to Ainokura

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Utrecht
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Takayama to Ainokura

Can anyone tell me how long it takes to drive from Takayama to Ainokura? We''ll have a rental car. Is Ainokura really so much nicer than Shirakawa-go. I've read reviews about Shirakawa-go saying it's so touristed that it's almost disney there... are they true?

Kanazawa, Japan
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1. Re: Takayama to Ainokura

About an hour if you take the new expressway. Shirakawa-go is the most touristed of the gassho villages in the area. It has the most places to stay a night, many shops and restaurants, and is typically crowded with bus tours during the day, especially on weekends and holidays. I still like it, though, and it is nothing like Disney.

Ainokura is smaller, less touristed than S-go, but still sees its share of buses. The Gokayama villages are easily accessible by car and are interesting and quieter than S-go. You won't find much English spoken.

In a long day you could go from Takayama to S-go and then move on to the various Gokayama villages and stay the night either in a minshuku in Ainokura or push on to Kanazawa (about an hour by highway).

Utrecht
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2. Re: Takayama to Ainokura

Thanks for your reply. Is the new expressway a tollroad and how much would toll be?

I think we'd prefer staying the night in a gassho in Ainokura, but japaneseguesthouses only offers 1, not much to choose from. Do you know if there are other gassho's in Ainokura that are possible for foreigners to book online?

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3. Re: Takayama to Ainokura

The expressway is a toll road. http://global.c-nexco.co.jp/index.html has toll charts and other expressway information for the area. I really pay little attention to tolls nowadays as we use the ETC system which affords various discounts over the cash system most tourists would use. You might inquire with your rental car company about whether they can provide with an ETC card to use. Also, the toll system is supposed to be changing...but details are yet to be confirmed.

In Ainokura there are around 10 minshuku for tourists. You might ask the tourist info office in Takayama to help you book or enlist the help of the concierge at your first hotel. I used to have a list with phone numbers, but can't find it right now, and anyway they do not speak English. Price is the same at all of them at around ¥8000 per person per night with dinner and breakfast included.

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4. Re: Takayama to Ainokura

Here is some more info. on accommodation in Ainokura but only in Japanese:

http://ww2.ctt.ne.jp/~dhayashi/

http://www.shokoren-toyama.or.jp/~gokayama/ki/choyomon.htm

http://www.syo-7.jp/

http://www4.ocn.ne.jp/~gassyou/yomosiro.html

http://www.goyomon.burari.biz/

http://www1.tst.ne.jp/snakaya/index.html

You can email the tourist info. centres in either Takayama or Kanazawa to see whether they can help in booking.

kankou@hida.jp (Takayama)

kggn@po4.nsk.ne.jp (Kanazawa)

The Gokayama tourist info. centre also has an email address but I’m not sure whether they use English:

gokayama@p1.tst.ne.jp

Edited: 11:09 am, May 19, 2010
Utrecht
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5. Re: Takayama to Ainokura

Thanks for all the websites, they were very nice to look at (but unfortunately impossible to read). Do you know if there's a big difference between the different gassho-minshuku's in Ainokura? Or are they al more or less the same?

Kanazawa, Japan
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6. Re: Takayama to Ainokura

They are more or less the same. I don't remember if there are minshuku in Ainokura that are not gassho houses, but in S-go there are some that are not gassho houses. The best set up in my opinion,would be gassho with hinoki bath and irori, but the hinoki bath and irori are not in every one so you need to ask specifically.

You might enlist the help of Japanese Guesthouses, as they can often book places that are not listed. Just be prepares to pay them for their service yourself as the minshuku do not pay cmmission to travel agents.

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