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Fairytale beauty, time warp to the past

I have been to Gokanosho twice - both in late spring - and found the isolated area just stunningly... read more

Reviewed August 24, 2018
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Amazing views all along the way

once you pass the toll gate for Nita Pass, the scenery changes and brilliance explodes in front of... read more

Reviewed November 22, 2017
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Reviewed August 24, 2018

I have been to Gokanosho twice - both in late spring - and found the isolated area just stunningly beautiful! Both times, we had lots of rain, but that didn't stop us from getting around the narrow, twisty roads to see the sites. On my...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed November 22, 2017

once you pass the toll gate for Nita Pass, the scenery changes and brilliance explodes in front of your eyes!! be sure to head there right early in the morning as the sun rises quite early. the light is important if you want to see...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed May 10, 2017

We spent 32 nights in Japan following the cherry blossoms from south to north and 2 nights in Gokanosho were the highlight. We would like to come back for a week and do more treks & just take in the atmosphere of the village. We...More

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed September 21, 2016

We have been there, because we got the hint from some other travelers on the internet. And we also got the hint to meet Shingo Hashizaki. He became our guide there and picked us up at the ryokan in Hitiyoshi. We contacted him before we...More

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed April 14, 2015

We stayed only one night at Gokanosho. We visited the Umenoki waterfall and suspension bridge and twin bridges, also the Heike Jinja Museum; which provided the background and history of the Gokanosho. The scenery is incredibly beautiful and quiet. We did not see any tourists...More

Date of experience: April 2015
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Reviewed August 19, 2014

五家の荘, Gokanosho, is a group of 5 villages located deep in the mountains of the Kyushu Sanchi Highlands Quasi National Park. Roads didn't reach the area until 1959 and electricity just a few years later, so it's possibly the most remote region of Japan. Fugitives...More

Date of experience: July 2014
10  Thank kitsuko
Reviewed July 20, 2014

Gokanosho is such a contrast from the busy streets and malls of Osaka, where we started our trip. A 2-3 hour drive up the scenic road from Kumamoto, the mountainous region has so much to offer. There are hiking paths, waterfalls, suspension bridges, and a...More

Date of experience: July 2014
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Reviewed July 13, 2014

I traveled to Gokanosho with a group and stayed in Yameme-so Minshuku (which has Wifi, and hosts to have a drink with!), Sakura-so Minshuku (stunning rooms, and rich history), and Heike-so Minshuku (secluded and breathtakingly beautiful) . All three accommodation was suburb! You get to...More

Date of experience: July 2014
5  Thank Courtney O
Reviewed July 16, 2010

Gokanosho, it means "five-families' shires" if you translate it literally. In 1185, the Heian era, Heike's forces were defeated by Genji at Dannoura. A general named Kiyotsune Taira was thought to be dead but the tradition says he was not. He kept running away from...More

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Stephen N
October 27, 2016|
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The official guide from the tourist office at Gokanosho, Mr. Hashizaki Schingo told us, when we have been there in August, that it is sometimes impossible to reach Gokanosho for days because the roads are closed because of... More