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.

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.



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.



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.

Ainokura, Nanto City, Toyama Prefecture

■ 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).

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