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Address: Ainokura, Nanto 939-1915, Toyama Prefecture
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Day-Trip to Takayama and Gokayama Light-Up Event
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My favorite village above Shirakawago and Suganuma!!!

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... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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283 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 its quite expensive 1300 yens, that why not too many tourists come here. When you... More 

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Boothbay, Maine
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
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 thing to do in the area was lunch and that was a blast in a... More 

Thank clamcove
Pretoria, South Africa
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197 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
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
Sao Paulo, SP
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

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

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Arlington, Virginia
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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 would love to visit there in different seasons next time.

Thank Aya T
Singapore, Singapore
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109 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

With only about 20+ houses here, this village is so peaceful, quiet, yet beautiful with the mountains surrounding it. before we drove here, we stopped by the Washi-no-sato where we could do washi paper crafts there, it's at Higashinake, just 15 mins east of Ainokura. Ainokura can be accessed via a bus but driving here is surely more convenient. There... More 

Thank PingAshlyn
Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016

Visited Ainokura in mid-December, it was snowing a lot when I got off the bus and also during the walk to this village. The village is much much quieter compared to the more visited and touristy Shirakawa-go, but both are great places to visit in winter. Walking up to the viewing point about 15min from village centre was quite an... More 

Thank Lin L
Canberra, Australia
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610 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016

We visited this smaller village after 1st visiting Shirakawa, which is much larger. This village is in a gorgeous location, and at this time of year with plenty of snow around it was quite stunning. Easy to wander around the houses and just enjoy the atmosphere. There was an excellent shop and restaurant too, which had an abundance of items... More 

Thank Randall K
Singapore, Singapore
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18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

We experienced our first winter here on our anniversary. It was a very memorable moment for us everything is a bliss. We came here on a sunny afternoon, the rice terraces and the community were already covered in snow, but the combination of greeneries and wooden houses was mesmerizing, there are no words. We did not expect to experience snow... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Ainokura village in the Gokayama are is a world heritage village which has been protected and preserved. This is smaller than the nearby Shirakawa, but we preferred this one. The homes, where people still live, are beautiful and it is easy to walk all around the village and take photos. You can get here on a tour or by public... More 

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