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Gokayama, Nanto

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At Gokayama, see how the area's traditional gasshō-zukuri houses found their way onto the World Heritage List. Not a single nail was used in construction of these three- to four-story houses; the style of minka (residents for non-samurai castes) developed during the Edo period, and today people continue to live in them. Steep roofs at 60-degree angles add a special charm and prevent snow from building up. During summer, artists from all around the world gather for the World Drama Festival in the picturesque scenery. Although relatively noncommercialized and slow-paced, the area does offer a souvenir shop and cafe. Enjoy the fresh air and mountain landscape, which in winter has an especially magical ambiance. Plan your visit to Gokayama and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Nanto trip builder tool .
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  • It is divided into aikura village and suganuma village. The Suganuma village is close to a high-speed IC, but it is small, and the Aikura village is a little large though it is about 15 minutes away from the high-speed IC. There is a folk customs museum that explains the construction of the palms in both. If you don't have time, you can either do it.
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  • Toyama's Gokayama is now a very unique house from a foreigner's point of view, although it takes a long time and it was not possible to go in the old days.
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