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Explore Gokayama in Toyama prefecture

Explore Gokayama in Toyama prefecture

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There is a great Japanese world heritage site in Toyama Prefecture: the Gokayama gasshou-zukuri village.
Gokayama is well-known as one of the areas in Japan that receives the heaviest snowfalls, as well as the region where travelers can experience Japanese traditional life.

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In 1995, the Suganuma Village and its gassho-zukuri farmhouses were designated a UNESCO world heritage site. The village is very famous because of its traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses, where it is possible to experience a stay.

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In Gokayama, there is also a very beautiful and clean lake called Katsura-ko. The lake's water reflects the blue sky and surrounding green mountains. You can enjoy the wild nature of the lake by activities such as canoeing.

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You can experience the open-air spa Kuroba-onsen that is located on the Gokayama mountain side. After enjoying the hot springs, you can relax in the adjacent building.

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The Gokayama Folk Museum is located in Suganuma Gassho village. There you can see the original Gassho-Zukuri, because the house has been minimally renovated.

Gokayama is filled with attractions and worth a visit if you are interested in traditional Japan.

[Address]
Ainokura, Nanto City, Toyama Prefecture

[Access]
■ 25 minutes by bus from Johana station (JR Johana line), 3 minute-walk from Ainokura-guchi bus stop
■ 1 hour by world heritage bus from JR Takaoka station, get off at Gokayama ainokura-guchi .
■ 20 minutes by car from the Gokayama Interchange of the Tokai Hokuriku Expressway (via the National Highway 156).