World Heritage – Ainokura Gassho-style Village

Beautiful and nostalgic authentic Japanese scenery

  • Forget time amongst a beautiful, nostalgic Japanese setting still in existence today

One step inside Gokayama Ainokura Gassho-style Village and the beautiful, nostalgic surrounds will make you will feel as though you have fallen through time to yesteryear Japan. Here, you will forget about everyday life, be greeting by the changing expressions of the four seasons and for some reason, feel at peace. Although great to visit during the day time, the light-up display held each season is simply too good to miss! The magical setting will steal your heart and ensure you fully savor this dream-like land. The observation area, where one can look down across the beauty of Aikura in its entirety, is certainly worth a visit. Houses with thatched roofs known as “gassho-style” are an extremely rare form of dwelling which can only be seen in this part of Japan. Even today, Aikura Gassho-style Village contains 23 gassho-style houses in which people still go about their lives.
Why not forget about your daily life and spend a peaceful moment in a little mountain village where the lifestyle of yesteryear lingers on?

■Private tour - Walk around Gokayama World Heritage Site and join the workshop of handmade Gokayama-Washi (Japanese traditional paper) Tour
*Comming soon by Toyama Tourism Organization

09:30 Dep. Takayama Sta. (Join with Taxi driver)

10:30~13:00 Visit World Heritage Site“Suganuma Gassho Village”
↓ and lunch time

13:10~14:00 Important Cultural Property: Murakami-ke

14:15~15:00 Workshop: Handmade Japanese paper at Gokayama

15:00~16:30 World Cultural Heritage Ainokura Gassho-zukuri Village

17:18 Get on the World Heritage Bus at Ainokuraguchi

18:10 Arr. Shirakawa-go

  • The beauty of the crisp, blue sky and pure white snow is a sight to see

  • A quaint village setting which must be preserved

  • Light-up displays which can be enjoyed each season

World Heritage – Ainokura Gassho-style Village

Address Ainokura, Nanto city, Toyama prefecture 939-1915
TEL 0763-66-2123 (Ainokura Gassho-style Village Preservation Foundation)
Access 25 minutes by bus from Johana station on the JR Johana Line. Alight at the Ainokura-guchi bus stop and walk 3 minutes.
It takes two hours to get to there using the World Heritage Bus from Ainokaze Toyama Railway Takaoka Station. Please get off at the Gokayama Ainokuraguchi stop.
20 minutes by car from the Gokayama interchange of the Tokai Hokuriku Expressway (via National Highway 156)
Parking Normal vehicles/light vehicles: 500 yen
Small/mid-sized buses (11 people or more): 2,000 yen
Large buses (30 people or more) 3,000 yen
Motorcycles/scooters: 100 yen
Official URL
Remarks Enquiries: 0763-66-2468
Volunteer guide: 2,000 yen
Reservations must be made 1 week in advance (visit our website for details)
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