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Secluded and peaceful village

We visited in May. We rented a car from Kanazawa, so we could drive here independently for a day on... read more

Reviewed July 5, 2019
LindaNZ
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Wellington, New Zealand
Wonderful place to visit - highly recommended

We visited here on a recent day trip to this location and Shirakawa-go. The entire day was very... read more

Reviewed June 4, 2019
betteskid
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed June 4, 2019

We visited here on a recent day trip to this location and Shirakawa-go. The entire day was very nice but Ainokura was the real high point. This village is much smaller than Shirakawa-go with fewer thatched houses but there are many fewer tourists. The village is nestled in beautiful mountains and you can walk up above the village to see a really memorable view. There are two small museums in the gassho-zukuri houses and these are very worthwhile, explaining things about the life-style in earlier times and also the construction of the houses. If you have time, I would include Ainokura in your itinerary (I think many just do the half-day trip to Shirakawa-go). I think this is a wonderful place to see.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 26, 2019

This historic village with thatched houses is very unusual and picturesque and worth a visit. Earlier in the morning seemed to avoid the tour groups which arrived as we left.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 24, 2019 via mobile

Ainokura is a little bit off the track because it is not located at the Toyama / Shirakagawa-go expressway, but it also features several original gassho-style houses. There is a bus line (we met other travelers who got there by bus), we came by car.
Several houses offer accommodation which is a first-rate possibility to experience living in a gassho-zukuri house.
While the village is not as „polished“ as the largest gassho-house community Shirakawa-go, it seems to me more original.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 14, 2019 via mobile

It was declared World heritage site in 1995. Definitely worth visiting. There were folk museums, washi workshop and various farm houses in the village. Easily accessible by car and parking fee costed JPY500 per day.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed March 24, 2019 via mobile

This is a lovely village to visit. We came here with our guide Hisa who was fantastic. He was able to tell us all about its history and how this community lives and builds their wonderful houses. Not as many tourists so easy to get great photos.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Susan G
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