Gokayama Village Of Gassho Houses

Historic Villages of Gokayama is one of the best places to travel in Nanto-shi, Toyama Prefecture, Japan. Here're guides for access, map, spots nearby, and photos of Historic Villages of Gokayama posted by Japanese travelers in the know.

Gokayama Village Of Gassho Houses 5 Reviews

Goyakama is an area of a world heritage with Shirakawago. Suganuma area and Ainokura area of Gokayama are smaller than Shirakawago, but there are full of the atmosphere of secret countryside with the mountains standing very close! You can see the peaceful country scene of gassho zukuri architectures (historical thatched steep roof).◎Suganuma and Ainokura both have parking lot. There're bus from JR Johana Sta. and Takaoka Sta. but you need to confirm the bus timetable. The illumination date changes every year, so check out the web beforehand.

Gokayama has some 'Gassho Zukuri' (steep roofed) houses even now. Among them, a house of Iwase family, you can get the stories of the village's history, the house structure, and look inside the house. Enjoy the glimpse of life of people living at 'Gassho Zukuri' house.


The Original Scenery Of Japan

Gokayama Ainokura Village has some thatched roof-houses that are called Gassho Zukuri. It's registered as a World Heritage and the landscape from the observatory is just the original one of Japan. The village covered with snow, is breathtakingly beautiful even we see it many times.

Nanto-shi locates in the south of Toyama, and has villages of World Heritage Sites registered together with Shirakawa-go in Gifu. There're two famous villages called Ainokura and Suganuma, and both of them are worth visiting.

The parking area of Shirakawago Village had a long line, so we gave up to go there, then we visited Gokayama. There're no other tourists there, and we could spent time very slowly. Gokayama is a smaller village than Shirakawago, but it might be better than Shirakawago where so many tourists visited.