Yes, it can be flooded with tourists and some of the attractions here are over-commercialized, but it still is a very worthwhile visit. Be sure to pay the extra nominal entrance fee and go inside some of the actual resident's homes. I visited the Nagase house and was struck by the display of their cooking, farming, and weaving tools. Also, despite the overall commerciality (especially of the main entrance areas), it appears the owners of the Nagase house (as one example) are quite religious, as evidenced by their beautiful obutsudan (home Buddhist altar) also on display. In addition, in the village is a very unusual example of a Shin Buddhist temple--Myozenji is constructed with the same unusual "gassho style" of roof construction.
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