Ainokura Gassho Community
Ainokura Gassho Community
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sm0508
Singapore85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
Ainokura Gassho community is definitely a more worthwhile visit and stay than the crowded touristy Shirakawago. Altho the entire community can be covered in less than 2 hours, i would recommend staying in the Gassho houses for 1 night for the experience of a stay in the village and away from city life. I stay in Choyomon for 1 night and it was well worth it. The best time in the mornings to walk around would be before 9am before the busloads of tourists come into the village. The morning walk was cool and refreshing after the rains the previous day and night.
Written 3 April 2023
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Bob H
Watsonville, CA1,144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
You need to visit this place if you are in Kanazawa area.
A village with about twenty steeply sloped thatched roofs(Gassho style) was located 35 miles away from Kanazawa. Our tour included mochi making and creating Washi- Japanese paper. I had the best Japanese meal which reminded me of my mother's cooking.
Written 4 December 2022
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Sarah LW
Brisbane, Australia72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
I read about Ainokura in Lonely Planet and from that point on I made sure that I had to go out to visit there. I stayed in Toyama, not far from the train station, hired a car for the day and drove out to Ainokura. It was so worth it! It's such a beautiful village and was a beautiful way to experience traditional Japanese hospitality and living. It really is a must! It's like you've stepped back in time into a fairytale.

Make sure you visit the Gokayama tourist information centre and Murakami House before you make the drive to Ainokura. When you're at the visitor centre make sure you put a sticker on the map of where you're from, my family were the first visitors from Samoa to place a sticker there.
Written 11 February 2020
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Patty
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We made our way to this peaceful village after visiting Shirakawa Go, where it was picturesque, but crowded with tourists. We stayed at the Yusuke Gassho where we enjoyed the warm welcome of Jichan & Bachan. They took such good care of us, feeding us delicious traditional Japanese dinner & breakfast next to the sunken hearth that kept us warm on that winter night. We enjoyed a wonderful ofuro bath that Jichan prepared for us and the sleeping room with warm futon bedding. The upstairs had a museum that displayed the family's silk worm farming history, as well as, their own traditions and festivals in the area. I am so glad that we had this opportunity to experience Japanese life in the mountains.
Written 9 February 2020
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liburannatal
Singapore, Singapore36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Ainokura is one of the three villages with gassho-style farmhouses designated as UNESCO World Heritage site. It has about 20+ farmhouses: smaller than Shirakawa-go but bigger than Suganuma. Majority of tourists will skip this village so it is a better place to explore and enjoy a more peaceful and rustic atmosphere. There is a viewpoint to look at the village overall from a higher ground about 15 minutes walk.
Written 2 January 2020
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Agnes
Sydney, Australia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
A perfect place to experience traditional Japanese hospitality, lovely Lady host. Lovely and delicious Kaiseki dinner, tasty breakfast. Comfortable farm house in a beautiful part of Japan, Highly recommend this fantastic place.
Written 27 October 2019
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StephenR285
Canberra, Australia781 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
We arrived as part of a bus tour on a 33 degree Celsius day. Not much shade in the village and you don’t get to go inside any of the houses which made the visit difficult. I spent about 30 minutes wandering through the village and then found a shady place near the shrine to await our bus departure.
Written 7 September 2019
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LindaNZ
Wellington, New Zealand232 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
We visited in May. We rented a car from Kanazawa, so we could drive here independently for a day on our way to Takayama. It was easy to find, and we arrived before lunch, so it was very peaceful, with only a few other intrepid tourists. It was a fine day, and we were able to wander around the village, which is very small, and get a feel for what it was like without tourists. We had lunch at one of the restaurants and ended up spending much longer there than we had expected. We didn't really want to leave! But after lunch, the tour buses started arriving, though admittedly only one or two. Much more peaceful than Shirakawa-go, and it was worth the cost of the rental car. In fact, it was a highlight of our whole Japan trip.
Written 6 July 2019
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Barry C
Sleaford, UK483 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
We travelled here by bus from Toyama
station.

Very attractive thatched houses with
snow capped mountains in the background.
One of the houses was open to the public and
provided an insight into life in these buildings.

Much smaller than Shirakawago, but also far
less tourists. Public toilets and a small shop
near the bus stop at the entrance.

Beautiful mountains overlook the village.

Worth a visit.
Written 26 June 2019
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betteskid
Boston, MA1,328 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
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.
Written 4 June 2019
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