Ainokura Village

Ainokura is one among the three villages with gassho-style houses that was inscribed on the World Heritage List (two others are Shirakawa-go and Suganuma ).

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Ainokura is home to about 80 residents who are working together to preserve their priceless cultural properties. This village and the gassho-style inn where I stayed has now become my most favorite place outside Philippines.

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Map given to visitors

 

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Ainokura has 20 gassho-style houses

 

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Illustration of a gassho-style architecture

 

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The inn. I’d rather stay a night here than a thousand nights at The Peninsula Tokyo

 

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The walk to the bus stop on a snow covered road on the day I left the inn

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Ainokura bus stop

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Bus schedule

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Signage on the highway as seen from the bus stop

 

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