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The best of the gassho villages in the area in my opinion

Delightful, and far less crowded than nearby Suganuma or (especially) the packed streets of... read more

Reviewed 2 June 2018
venividivice
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Ko Samui, Thailand
A smaller village

With lesser tourists than in Shirakawago, we were able to view this serene village easily. There... read more

Reviewed 28 May 2018
DorothyCheong
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Ainokura, Nanto 939-1915, Toyama Prefecture
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Reviewed 2 June 2018

Delightful, and far less crowded than nearby Suganuma or (especially) the packed streets of Shirakawago. Please DO make the effort to go here, you will be so glad you did after seeing the other two locations. We went at about 10:30 and there were no...More

Thank venividivice
Reviewed 28 May 2018

With lesser tourists than in Shirakawago, we were able to view this serene village easily. There are few look-out spots with clear signages. The souvenir shop at the car park is worth dropping by.

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Reviewed 27 May 2018 via mobile

This was such a beautiful place, there’s 3 museums with an entrance fee so cheap (200 yen each) that there’s no reason not to see all of them. Inside you can learn how the houses are made and history of the town. Parking is 500...More

Thank WanderLady28
Reviewed 11 May 2018

A fun place to see. Worth the 15 minutes to walk up to the photographic viewpoint. The surrounding country is quite beautiful too. If this review is helpful then please indicate so below.

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Reviewed 6 May 2018

Pretty, authentic, but not much to do. Shirakawa-go is more interesting, especially after every tourist has left at night

Thank ginsengNewYork
Reviewed 30 April 2018

Ainokura is one of three UNESCO registered villages. I think Ainokura and Suganuma are much better than Shirakawago which is now too touristic.

Thank sakura7
Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

Visited this place on 25th Mar. Weather was perfect with no cloud. Although it is much smaller than shirakawago, it was lovely and you can walk approx. 5-10 mins uphill to the viewpoint which overlook the village. Beautiful. And it was less crowded compared to...More

Thank JustLoveToFly
Reviewed 26 January 2018

Went there by one day tour to Ainokura and Shirakawago from Nohi Bus, and lunch provided. Great! Went there on Des and it's snowing. So beautiful, relax and still not to crowded compare to Shirakawago. The village is quite small, but there is a small...More

Thank Angel E
Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

One of the most magical places we've been to. We were there last November, it was fall, so no one was expecting snow, so it was a lovely surprise. It felt like winter wonderland. The best part is that you get the whole town for...More

Thank PanamanianWanderlust
Reviewed 3 January 2018

We took a sightseeing bus tour to Ainokura and Shirakawago by Nohi Bus (departed from the Nohi Bus Center near Takayama Station, price is 6690 Yen for an adult, lunch and guide included). The bus depart at 8.30 AM and will come back to Takayama...More

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Ainokura is a small town, you could visit it in a couple of hours, but I believe it's better to stay the night in Ainokura. We did and it was a wonderful experience!
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Btw we used regular intercity buses,very good and with enough info available in English and very kind drivers.Be advised that at Ainokura the bus will drop you of on the road, at a very short walk up the hill to the... More
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