Gokayama: Home of the World Heritage Gassho-style Houses; Backpack Couple; TripZilla

Japan – Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama

Home of the traditional Gassho-style houses, Gokayama lets you experience the old, rural life in Japan.

Regardless of the country, it’s always a fascinating experience for us to visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites. So, while we were in Toyama Prefecture, we set our sights on the famous Shirakawa-go gassho-style village in nearby Gifu Prefecture. As we scoured the web for DIY guides, we learned that the renowned traditional Japanese houses are actually comprised of several adjacent villages spread across the borders of Gifu and Toyama, the nearest being the Ainokura and Suganuma villages within the Gokayama area of Nanto City. So, the day before New Year’s Eve, we rushed to the nearest bus station that would bring us to Gokayama.

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