Walk around in the “Gokayama Gassho Village”, which was registered as a World Heritage Site in 1995 along with the “Shirakawa-go Gassho Village”. The world heritage of Gokayama area, the gassho village is in two districts, “Ainokura” and “Suganuma”. Although the scale is smaller than Shirakawa-go, the scenery of the mountain village deep in the mountains impressive for me.
Ainokura Gassho Village: Arrive at 10 am on the tour bus, take a walk in the village after observing from the village observatory, enjoy and take pictures of the snowy mountain village scenery, and stay for 1 hour.Please note that the stop-by time is limited form 8:30 to 17:00 except during the light-up event.
Suganuma Gassho Village: Arrive at 11:00 am on the tour bus, walk east on the national highway for about 200 m, take a bird’s-eye view of the entire village from the observatory, then move to the Gassho village, take a picture, and stay for 1 hour. I couldn’t enter the facility (Like a museum in the Gassho house) because the staying time was short for both villages. The stop-by time is limited as in the Ainokura Gassho Village.
Ainokura Gassho Village: On the flat land of about 500m x 250m above the Shogawa left bank plateau with mountains in the background, 20 Gassho-houses are left and mountain village life is carried out there. Classified as a medium-sized settlement. From the observatory, which is about 5 minutes by walk from the parking lot, I took a bird’s-eye view of the entire gassho village built on the mountain behind. The village is also designated as a “Traditional Buildings Preservation District” and the landscape is protected.
Suganuma Gassho Village
Suganuma Village: Gokayama Ainokura Village goes up about 7km upstream from the Shogawa River, and a gassho village similar to Ainokura appears on the right bank. The number of existing gassho houses are 9, which are even smaller than that of Ainokura and is classified as a small village. Like the Ainokura village, it is registered as a World Heritage Site. Like Shirakawa-go and Aikura, it is designated as a “Traditional Buildings Preservation District” and the landscape is protected.