Forget the crowded and over commercialized village of Shirakawa-go and instead spend your time here. The atmosphere is relaxed and tranquil with lots of photo opportunities.
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Ainokura is the most remote village in the Gokayama region, although quite large with around 20 gassho-zukuri farmhouses. The village is a world heritage site and being such a remote village means it's been successful at maintaining its culture. The village was very quiet and...More
Ainokura is one of the quieter villages with the tatched roof houses. It is definitely worth going here instead of Shirakawa-go. Walk to the lookout (5 minutes) for great views of the valley. Staying in a local guesthouse is an option. The food is great....More
A visit to this town was one of our favorite stops in Japan. We stayed at Minshuku Yomoshirou. There are a limited number of places to stay and they are all traditional Japanese guesthouses. This minshuku has great food and is run by a very...More
Its the perfect size and much traditional and peaceful. Shirakawago is bigger but really touristic, while Suganuma is too small and nothing is opened. You can take the bus from Shirakawago to here in 45 minutes and with Takayama-Hokuriku pass the fare is included otherwise...More
We stopped here early in the day in March and there were about 4 ft of snow on the ground. It was cold and uninviting to many in our group. While the architecture was fascinating, the area to visit is small and remote. Our favorite...More
This was the first village I visited and it was also my favourite. There was still plenty of snow, which probably added to the atmosphere but this was lovely.
Lovelly little village with a dozen or so Gassho houses offering a unique japanese old style experience.
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...More