GOKAYAMA, Heritage Journey.

The Nearest resort hotel to GOKAYAMA.
It's about a 15min drive.

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumun
  • winter

Nestled deep in the valley between the precipitous slopes of the mountains on the border between Toyama and Gifu prefectures, these villages speak of Japan’s unique traditional culture with their steeply angled thatched roofs. The three villages, including Ainokura and Suganuma villages in Gokayama, and Ogi village in Shirakawa-go, were registered as Unesco World Heritage sites in 1995.
There are a total of 34 buildings in Gokayama and 114 in Shirakawa-go that feature the traditional steep roofs, and some of theme are accessible to the public as museums of history and ethnography.
Once considered almost a hidden land due to the steep geography and heavy winter snow, the Gokayama and Shirakawa-go areas are now easily accessible via the Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway, and many now come to visit the towns that preserve scenery evoking ancient folk tales.