About NANTO

About NANTO

Visitors to Nanto are greeted by rich traditions
and a flowery culture.

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Nanto is located in the Southwestern part of Toyama prefecture,
almost right in the center of Japan.
It is surrounded by the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
to the East, Kanazawa city
to the West, and Shirakawa village and
Takayama city to the South. 
Nanto is blessed with an abundance of natural scenery. 
About 80% of the area is woodland, and the Shogawa river
and the Oyabegawa rapids flow right through the city. 
The weather is generally warm,
but winter is quite cold; with its high levels of precipitation,
Nanto's mountainous region sometimes experiences
snowfalls of over 3 meters.
In the mountainous region, you can see
the Gokayama Gasshozukuri villages
(traditional structures with steep, thatched rafter roofs),
hear the lonesome sorrow of the Heike warrior refugees
played out in "Mugiyabushi", listen to "Kokirikobushi"
(a song passed down from about 1400 years past),
and hear other Gokayama folk songs performed as they
have been from years past. 
In the Michelin Green Guide: Japan published in March of 2009,
Gokayama's Gasshozukuri villages were honored with a 3-star rating.
In the lowland, you can find the towns of Ecchu's Little Kyoto, Johana,
with their quaint rows of houses, and Fukumitsu, where the famous
Japanese hanga (woodblock print)
artist Shiko Munakata lived for seven years. 
Before the gates of Zuisenji temple,
the old townscape still hears the faithful tok-tok-tok of
the wooden mallet from the woodcarving shop Kibori no Sato of Inami,
as it echoes out into the rich cultural heritage
and fascinating history still available for travelers to experience today.
With an abundance of traditional arts, a warm welcome,
and genuine kindness, we here at Nanto eagerly wait for your arrival. 
Come visit, and you will leave with
treasured memories that are irreplaceable. 

 

 

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