A piece of living history
Nanto (南砺市, Nanto-shi) is a city in Toyama Prefecture, Japan. It is in a mountainous area in the south-west corner of the prefecture just north of Gifu Prefecture. It is home to the Gokayama UNESCO World Heritage site.
With more than 20 well-preserved gassho-zukuri thatched-roof buildings, Ainokura is a piece of living history that offers a rare glimpse at pre-modern Japan.
- Many of the buildings of Ainokura are UNESCO certified
- Viewing the wealth of crafts at Ainokura’s museums, as well as unique musical instruments displayed by local artisans
- A chance to stay the night at a gassho-zukuri lodging
- Seasonal light-up ceremonies that make the already impressive village truly magical
Scenic gateway to Gokayama