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Address: Ainokura, Nanto 939-1915, Toyama Prefecture
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World Heritage village is a delight!

Ainokura village in the Gokayama are is a world heritage village which has been protected and preserved. This is smaller than the nearby Shirakawa, but we preferred this one. The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 October 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Ainokura village in the Gokayama are is a world heritage village which has been protected and preserved. This is smaller than the nearby Shirakawa, but we preferred this one. The homes, where people still live, are beautiful and it is easy to walk all around the village and take photos. You can get here on a tour or by public... More 

Thank Rebecca201436
Montricher, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Shirakawa is the most well-known and largest of the old villages in this area and a must-see. If you have a chance you should definitely try to visit Ainokura as well. It's much less crowded and as a result has a nice atmosphere to it.

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Malmo, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

If you have the possibility to go to Ainokura you will meet a living village. This village is much smaller than Shirakawago but it is also far fewer tourists. All the tourist buses are missing no tourist buses at all here. You will probably need your own car to visit this village! The possibilities for good photographs are very good... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

It's well worth stopping in for a wander around this village and a short climb to a viewing stop. If you get the chance, stay overnight to experience the food, hospitality and the feel of sleeping in a Gassho house.

Thank aussiesinspain
Miami, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016

Very unique set up giving you a perfect idea of the way of living in the old days including entering a typical model home.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016

It was planned by my sister that we will have an experience to stay in a Gassho. Ainokura is our choice. We tried many times to be able to get the available room. As everyone knows that Japanese people have a good hospitality; we always appreciated their help. We used the public transport; so when we got off from the... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2016 via mobile

We travelled to Ainokura from Kanazawa, en route to Takayama. It was a nice stop in between for quietness and a slowdown in the pace of sightseeing. As we stayed overnight in one of the gassho-zukuris (Goyomon), we had opportunities to walk around and take photos with very few other travellers in the background (if any). There were a couple... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2016

The second we got off the bus, breathed in the cool clean mountain air and looked around at snow capped mountains we knew it was a great place to relax and recharge after a hectic travelling week. I thought it would be hard to get to but it was easy! We got the Shinkansen from Kanazawa station to Shin-Takaoka (15min... More 

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Anniston, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2016

My husband and I visited while on a Nohi Bus Tour for about an hour. I would of preferred to stay two hours to have sufficient time for taking everything in leisurely. The views of the village and of the mountains are gorgeous. The highlight of this visit was a mini-workshop (about 10 minutes) making Japanese Washi Paper. Being more... More 

Thank Carol R
Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2016 via mobile

We arrived in Ainokura by car around 17.30 but in winter, the day is done and all in darkness with up and down hill road. The village is not popular as shirakawa-go so there are not a lot of tourists so you can enjoy thier peaceful and relaxing. We stayed overnight here in the traditional Gassho house. The host, even... More 

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