GOKAYAMA

GOKAYAMA

Anyone is sure to fall in love with
Gokayama's unspoiled natural scenery.


Gokayama's Gasshodukuri villiages rest quietly in
the midst of a pastoral landscape.
Time takes on a character unlike anywhere else,
flowing slowly with the changing seasons.
Discover the true charm of Gokayama through its climate,
the ancient wisdom of the people's way of life,
the traditions that have been received,
and the culture that has been preserved through
the cooperation of generation upon generation.
Gokayama's Gasshozukuri villages provide a place for
your heart to breathe, a place you'll want to visit often.
 


 

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World Heritage
Ainokura Gasshodukuri Village

 

A beautifully charming cultural heritage.

 

On a terrace about a stone's throw from the surface of
the Shogawa River, the village is found spread across a long, thin plateau. 
Of the 27 houses there, 20 are in the traditional
sloping-roof Gasshozukuri style. 
Many of them were built from the end of the Edo period through
the Meiji period, with the oldest supposed to
have been built in the 17th century. 
Not only these houses, but also temples, shrines,
earthen storehouses, Itakura, and other traditional buildings
have been preserved. 
You will also find the historic hayfields from which the grasses used
for roofing the houses are harvested,
as well as the forests that hold snow back and protect
the village from avalanches, all carefully preserved and intact. 
As the historic scenery has been carefully preserved and maintained,
the village offers an extraordinary atmosphere. 
With such beautifully charming scenery,
your heart and mind are sure to be refreshed.

Volunteer Tour Guides available. 
(Requires reservation.  Transportation fee for 1 guide ¥1,000)

Nationally Designated Historic Site,
since December 4, 1970, Taira region.
Important Traditional Building Preservation Area,
since December 21, 1994.
World Cultural Heritage, since December 9, 1995.

 


 

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World Heritage
Suganuma Gasshodukuri Village

 

Scenery preserved as it was of old,
a world cultural heritage.

 

Right about in the center of Old Tairamura,
where the flow of the Shogawa river changes direction,
this little village spreads out on the right bank. 
The 9 Gasshozukuri buildings, earthen storehouses,
Itakura and other historic structures,
along with hayfields and snow-barrier forests,
have all been designated as official historic sites. 
Thus the whole village, rather than having been turned into a tourist site,
maintains its original charm. 
You'll feel like you must have been mysteriously swept back in time
several hundred years. 
Taking a broad view of the village from the Nanto World Heritage
Suganuma Gasshozukuri Village Observation Area, the simple,
unadorned view is sure to give your heart some extra room to breathe. 
And of course you can learn a few things about Gokayama's history
and traditions by visiting sites such as
the Ensho no Kan (Gunpowder Shop)
and Gokayama Minzoku Kan (Folk Center) that tell tales of
the Edo period's principle industries.

Nationally Designated Historic Site,
since December 4, 1970, Taira region.
Important Traditional Building Preservation Area,
since December 21, 1994.
World Cultural Heritage, since December 9, 1995.

 


 

It is a sightseeing model course in Gokayama.

 

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