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Address: Ainokura, Nanto 939-1915, Toyama Prefecture
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Day-Trip to Takayama and Gokayama Light-Up Event
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Beautiful and charming little village in the mountains

Lovelly little village with a dozen or so Gassho houses offering a unique japanese old style experience.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Eduardo A
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Sao Paulo, SP
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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovelly little village with a dozen or so Gassho houses offering a unique japanese old style experience.

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Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I am giving 4 stars despite the stormy weather with wind and rain (yes, rain not snow). I had to juggle my umbrella and camera but I still enjoyed the quaint village. The winter light up can be very crowded as limited time event. I would love to visit there in different seasons next time.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

With only about 20+ houses here, this village is so peaceful, quiet, yet beautiful with the mountains surrounding it. before we drove here, we stopped by the Washi-no-sato where we could do washi paper crafts there, it's at Higashinake, just 15 mins east of Ainokura. Ainokura can be accessed via a bus but driving here is surely more convenient. There... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

Visited Ainokura in mid-December, it was snowing a lot when I got off the bus and also during the walk to this village. The village is much much quieter compared to the more visited and touristy Shirakawa-go, but both are great places to visit in winter. Walking up to the viewing point about 15min from village centre was quite an... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

We visited this smaller village after 1st visiting Shirakawa, which is much larger. This village is in a gorgeous location, and at this time of year with plenty of snow around it was quite stunning. Easy to wander around the houses and just enjoy the atmosphere. There was an excellent shop and restaurant too, which had an abundance of items... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

We experienced our first winter here on our anniversary. It was a very memorable moment for us everything is a bliss. We came here on a sunny afternoon, the rice terraces and the community were already covered in snow, but the combination of greeneries and wooden houses was mesmerizing, there are no words. We did not expect to experience snow... More 

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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 

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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 14 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.

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