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Ainokura Gassho Community

Ainokura, Nanto 939-1915, Toyama Prefecture
+81 763-66-2123
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good35%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
6 May 2017
“My favorite village above Shirakawago and Suganuma!!!”
9 Apr 2017
“Lovely my favorite village”
Ainokura, Nanto 939-1915, Toyama Prefecture
+81 763-66-2123
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Reviewed 6 May 2017

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...More

Thank itcheetam
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...More

Thank clamcove
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
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

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

Thank Eduardo A
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...More

Thank Aya T
Reviewed 16 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....More

Thank PingAshlyn
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...More

Thank Lin L
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...More

Thank Randall K
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...More

1  Thank I_Love_MMs
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...More

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My daughter & I are departing Tokyo may 25 am & have two nights to enjoy before arriving in Kyoto may 27th. We will travel on JR Rail pass. What do you recommend re lodging. I have May 25 options at GOYOMON in Ainokura OR Murataya in Kanazawa and will need to choose a 2nd night stay. Would like the most efficient recommendations relative to transportation. Thanks
17 February 2017|
Response from I_Love_MMs | Reviewed this property |
What i can share is my experience in Ainokura. It's a bit far. My estimation is around 5-6hrs in total. You need to take a 2 jr trains and a bus. The bus travel time is around 1hr at approx 1000 yen. The cons im seeing is... More
Is it possible to get to Ainokura Gassho Community without a car? Are there places to spend the night?
31 October 2015|
Response from farmergirl38 | Reviewed this property |
We used a bus that picks up routinely from Takaoka Station and takes visitors directly to the village. There is a visitor center in the station that could help direct you also. The bus has a schedule posted just outside the... More