Gokayama (Historic Village), Toyama

It still keep old days and not to change the figure of “the living”, a “Gassho-zukuri” village of the world heritage site, “Gokayama”. “Original scenery of Japan” spreads in two villages of “Gokayama” among the village-vicinity mountain where you feel nostalgic and rustic.



Gokayama, which is located along Shogawa at the west end of the south of Toyama, is the area that is full of nature. There are a row of the building of Gassho-zukuri, quiet mountain scenery, and being dotted with small mountain villages.



Among them, Ainokura village and Suganuma village were designated “a world heritage” in 1995 with Shirakawa-gou village. it was granted the highest rank of three stars of “Michelin Green Guide Japon” in 2009. Many tourist come this cultural heritage which represent Japan.


Gassho-zukuri of “Suganuma village” and “Ainokura village” is built in the unique style of architecture typical of heavy snowfall area with a solid feeling.
Even when the same term of “Gassho-zukuri” was used, the slant of a roof varies. Because the snow of Gokayama include a lot of moisture and is heavy, it becomes the high-pitched roof so that snow is easy to slide down below.



There is the experience-based menu like making handmade washi (traditional Japanese paper) in the buildings of Gassho-zukuri as knowing the traditional culture of this area.




Name:Gokayama (Historic Village)
Adresse:Ainokura Gassho-zukuri Village
Ainokura Nanto, Toyama 939-1915 Japan

Suganuma Gassho-zukuri Village
Suganuma 436 Nanto, Toyama 939-1973 Japan
Access:Ainokura Gassho-zukuri Village
JR Johana-sen Line “Johana-eki Station” (25 minutes by bus)

Suganuma Gassho-zukuri Village
JR Johana-sen Line “Johana-eki Station” (45 minutes by bus)
Tel:(+81)763-66-2468 (Gokayama Tourist Information Center)
Official site:http://www.gokayama-info.jp/

Ainokura Gassho-zukuri Village

Suganuma Gassho-zukuri Village

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