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Ainokura Gassho Community

Ainokura, Nanto 939-1915, Toyama Prefecture
+81 763-66-2123
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Ainokura, Nanto 939-1915, Toyama Prefecture
+81 763-66-2123
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Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

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.

Thank ThePuba
Reviewed 23 September 2017

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

Thank Chelsea B
Reviewed 17 September 2017

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

Thank Jens C
Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

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

Thank oaklandfamtravelers
Reviewed 27 June 2017 via mobile

Not a must see but a wonderful village to stay in if you want an authentic world historical site to stay in. Very quiet and charming,

1  Thank revett2016
Reviewed 7 May 2017

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

Thank itcheetam
Reviewed 10 April 2017

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

Thank clamcove
Reviewed 9 April 2017

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.

Thank libica
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

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

Thank Eduardo A
Reviewed 21 February 2017 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...More

Thank Aya T
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Response from Eduardo A | Reviewed this property |
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
18 February 2017|
Response from I_Love_MMs | Reviewed this property |
What i can share is my experience in Ainokura. It's a bit far. My estimation is around 5-6hrs in total. You need to take a 2 jr trains and a bus. The bus travel time is around 1hr at approx 1000 yen. The cons im seeing is... More