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Yomoshiro
Ranked #1 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Nanto
Honolulu, Hawaii
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“Warm family country inn.”
Reviewed March 8, 2014

The owner, Noriko-san, was very funny and warm. In spite of the language barrier (we can speak very minimal Japanese) she tried very hard to convey her stories and understand ours. She exhibited all what you would expect of country living. Noriko-san made the stay memorable.
Food was cooked over an open Japanese style cooking pit and of local origin and quite plentiful. If you are a lover of country style Japanese food, You'll love this.
We went in February so it was very cold but to help keep us warm, she and her husband provided us with separate heated foot warmers to keep under covers in the futon bedding. We forgot the Japanese name for it. I think it may be battery powered? In all our travels in Japan, this was the first time we were introduced to this item.
The inn is located well within walking distance of the bus stop since the town of Ainokura is very small.
There is no hot spring bath, but because there were only two us, we had the bath to ourselves.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 31, 2013

This was the highlight of our Japan trip. I very much recommend Yomoshiro which is an unforgettable experience, a lot of which is due to wonderful hosts,

HOSTS are amazing people who made this an unforgettable experience. First of all, (surprise!) we were met at the bus stop by our hostess. She speaks very little English but makes full use of it and makes up with cheerful attitude, laughter and good humour.

ACCOMMODATION: a beautiful traditional house. The traditional room was basic but very nice. The shared toilet was spotlessly clean and there were heaters by the toilet and the shower. Toothbrushes and towels were provided.

FOOD: the dinner was excellent - delicious and well-presented. Our host made the best effort to explain what foods we were eating which made it very interesting.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

If you are looking for a stay in gassho-zukuri (praying hands farmhouses), I would recommand Nanto which is quite, less commercial and with fewer tourists when compare with other gassho-zukuri.

Yomoshiro is run by Noriko and her husband. They took care of us throughout our stay. Although we have problem in communication but she tried her best in using every mean to explain things to us. Her husband taught us to play the local music instrument after dinner.... which was enjoyable coz I think it is what local people do..... having simple entertainment instead of watching TV or going youtube. Too bad that the weather was not good during out stay. Otherwise, we can enjoy our quite moments with breeze and stars.

For the rooms, don't expect too much coz it is a simple farmhouse afterall. Rooms are just seperated by thin wood doors without locks. But everyone in the house was very disciplined and would not do anything to disturbe other guests.

they served simple and delicious meals. It's just that we, and other guests, don't get use to eat on the floor..... but I think it's part of the experience.

overall speaking, I would highly recommend this farehouse to those who are looking for experience of staying in tradition japansese houses.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Fresno, California
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Reviewed June 9, 2012

High in the Japan Alps, Ainokura is one of several hamlets famous for their concentration of gassho-zukuri ('praying hands') farmhouses. By our experience, because of its relative isolation, it is the most authentic. Getting there is a challenge. Once arrived, we thoroughly enjoyed our evening and early morning rambles through nearby woods and fields and within Ainokura itself.

Yoritomo, one of Ainokura's two dozen gassho-zukuri houses, is a family-run four room B&B. The owners speak some English and have hosted a fair number of foreign guests. Japanese dinner and breakfast were ample and featured local trout and mountain greens. When dinner ended, the innkeepers taught us and that evening's three Japanese guests how to make rhythmic noises on the sasara and other folk-dance instruments. Meals and a comfortable night's sleep on futons set us back 8400 yen ($105) each. Guests at Yoritomo share a single bathroom. Families can take turns using the inn's pleasant ofuro.

Eating elsewhere is not an option, nor is there an after-hours 'scene.' Visitors are literally 'away from it all.' Tour groups in big buses don't go to Ainokura. It is possible to reach the hamlet by local bus from Takayama or Johana, as we did (FYI, the innkeepers will pick up and drop off at the bus stop), but much quicker and easier if you have your own automobile.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Yomoshiro
Address: 395 Ainokura, Nanto 939-1915, Toyama Prefecture
Location: Japan > Chubu > Toyama Prefecture > Nanto
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Ranked #1 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Nanto
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Number of rooms: 4
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