We spent a little under 40 minutes here during a brief bus stop on our way from Takayama to Kanazawa. In hindsight, this place would've been worth a visit of at least a whole morning, or even perhaps overnight in the farmhouses.
Around a 50 minute bus ride from Takayama, the area is a world heritage site with surviving farm houses located among rice paddies and canals (where carp swim through), and constructed in a similar manner to English medieval thatched houses. Once the bus turns off the main highway, meanders down a valley into the ravine, and you walk across the rope bridge into the village, it feels like you've stepped back in time (albeit traces of modern civilisation such as Japanese vending machines and satellite dishes attached to some of the farmhouses!)
It was a really beautiful place and truly remarkable. If you are in the area, then this has to be a must-see. Take the Nohi bus from the bus station next to Takayama JR station. There are several which go back and forth from this site every day. Don't make the mistake of doing a rush trip here - take the time to enjoy this area!
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