Gokayama Ainokura Gassho-Style Village 世界遺産 相倉合掌造り集落

A historical landscape that is picture-perfect in every season

Ainokura is the largest village of traditional thatched farmhouses in the Gokayama area, with around 20 houses. Along with Suganuma in Gokayama and Ogimachi in Shirakawa-go, it is designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. These so-called gassho-style villages with their distinctive thatched farmhouses are located along the Shogawa River, which stretches from Gifu to Toyama. Ainokura can be reached by bus from Shin-Takaoka Station in Toyama and Shirakawa-go in Gifu.

The houses at Ainokura range in age from 100 to 350 years old and create a nostalgic atmosphere of a bygone Japan. While most of the houses are still private residences, some serve as cafes, museums, and even guesthouses. The village scenery is beautiful in each season, but especially in the winter when the houses are blanketed with snow. Staying overnight is the best way to enjoy the captivating sights which include seasonal illumination events. 

Learn more about the area by visiting Ainokura Folk Museum, Ainokura Traditional Industry Center, and the Gokayama Washi Paper Making Experience Hall, which can be found in gassho-style houses. Visitors can try making washi paper and purchase paper-craft products at the Gokayama Washi Paper Making Experience Hall. 

Tonami / Gokayama


Address 939-1915 富山県南砺市相倉
Telephone Number 0763-66-2123
Opening Times 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Prices Free
Car Park • Standard and light vehicles: ¥500
• Small to medium buses (11 or more passengers): ¥2,000
• Large buses (30 or more passengers): ¥3,000
• Motorcycles: ¥100
Getting There • About 25 minutes by bus from Johana Station on the JR Johana Line. Get off the bus at the Ainokura-guchi bus stop and walk about 5 minutes.
• About two hours by the World Heritage Bus from Ainokaze Toyama Railway Takaoka Station. Get off the bus at the Gokayama Ainokuraguchi stop.
• About 20 minutes by car from the Gokayama interchange of the Tokai Hokuriku Expressway (via National Highway 156)
Website http://www.g-ainokura.com/
Notes • Enquiries: 0763-66-2468
• Volunteer guide: ¥2,000
• Reservations must be made 1 week in advance (https://gokayama-info.jp/)
• Designated View of Toyama

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