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  • Gokayama Tourist Information Center
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    4.0
    12 Reviews
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    Toyama Pref. Nantoshi Kaminashi 754
    Gokayama Tourist Information Center is located in the village of Minami-gokayama (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) in Toyama Prefecture. Besides providing information about tourist attractions, accommodation etc. in the area, the Center can also provide information regarding transportation services. In addition, the Center disseminates up-to-date information via Facebook, Twitter and other social networking services. The Murakami House, a traditional Gasshozukuri-style farmhouse which has been designated as a National Important Cultural Property, is nearby.

    You pass through here if going to Suganuma and beyond, so pick up a good map of Gokayama and pin your country of origin to the world map. The ladies are very friendly and speak good english.

  • Gokayama Minzokukan (Gokayama Folklore Museum)
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    3.0
    18 Reviews
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    Toyama Pref. Nantoshi Suganuma 436
    Gokayama Minzokukan (Gokayama Folk Museum) is situated in Sugunuma, a village of traditional Gasshozukuri-style farmhouses in Gokayama village, Toyama Prefecture. The Museum is located in the oldest Gasshozukuri-style house in the village, which was specially renovated for the purpose. On display inside the Museum are around 200 living utensils etc. that embody the wisdom of past generations. The adjacent “Potassium Nitrate Hall,” focused on the production of potassium nitrate (which was formerly an important industry in the Gokayama district), uses models and shadow-pictures to show how the raw material was collected, the process by which the potassium nitrate was made, and how the finished product was transported for sale.

    There are 2 museums that you get to visit for the price of 1 ticket. They both have 2 floors and are filled with different straw made items and stone made items used back in the day. 1 focuses on...

  • Murakamike House
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    Toyama Pref. Nantoshi Kaminashi 725
    Murakamike house stands out even in Gokayama which is famous for Gassho style houses. It is a representative building that doesn’t remodel the style of olden days, and it even now conveys the architectural style of yesteryear to people of the present. It has also been designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan. There are a lot of folklore materials on display in this building which boasts a history dating back 400 years, and at the irori fire pit, you can hear an account by the present head of the house. There are snow camellia named “Gokayama Iris” in the garden, and the best time to come and see them is from late April until early May.
  • Gokayama Washi-no-sato (Traditional Paper-making Workshop)
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    Toyama Pref. Nantoshi Higashinakae 215
    Gokayama Washi-no-sato (Traditional Paper-making Workshop) is the alternative name for Road Station Taira, a roadside rest area in Gokayama village, Toyama Prefecture. Gokayama Washi-no-sato features a “Washi Paper Craft Hall” that presents the history of traditional Japanese paper-making, which has been an important industry in Gokayama since ancient times, as well as a “Paper-making Experience Hall” where visitors can try making Gokayama-style paper for themselves inside a traditional Gasshozukuri-style farmhouse (experiential activities can be booked on the day of your visit). There is also a retail area selling local specialty products, a restaurant, etc., making this a great place to drop by while driving in the area.
  • Thatched-Roof Houses of Ainokura Village
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    Toyama Pref. Nantoshi Ainokura
    There are more than 20 houses, characterized by their heavily slanted thatched roofs, in this village located on a long, narrow plateau of land in Nanto City, Toyama Prefecture. Here visitors can get a feel for the old traditional Japanese way of life and beautiful countryside nestled in the mountains with fields of rice and other crops surrounding the houses. Ainokura Village offers an inn, souvenir shop, tea house, and folk museum all in the thatched-roof style. The village light up event held every season is also a must-see. Together with the village of Suganuma, the Ainokura Village is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Ensho-no-Yakata
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    4.0
    23 Reviews
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    Toyama Pref. Nantoshi Suganuma 134
    The Ensho-no-Yakata (Nitrate Museum) is located adjacent to the Gokayama Folk Museum in Suganuma, Nanto City. The Museum has displays on the manufacturing of nitrate (a key ingredient for making gunpowder), which was a major industry in the Gokayama district in the days when this region was ruled by the Kaga Domain. Dioramas etc. are used to bring to life every stage in the production process, from raw materials extraction through to manufacturing and shipment, enabling visitors to learn about the history of nitrate production.

    菅沼集落内にある2つの資料館のうちの一つです。2つ合わせての入館料が300円です。その昔、硝石を作っていたという事で、こんな場所にでも来ないと知ることも出来ない事なので勉強になりました。古民家が資料館となっており、ほんの数十分で十分に見る事が出来る施設なので、集落に訪れた際にはちょっと立ち寄ってみる事をお勧めします。

  • Etchu Gokayama Ainokura Gassho-style Village
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    Toyama Pref. Nantoshi Ainokura 611
    A designated National Historic Site and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Etchu Gokayama Ainokura Gassho-style Village is also a place where local people continue to live as they have always done. The unique farmhouses with their thatched roofs embody the self-sufficient lifestyle of days gone by, and accumulated human wisdom. Recently, the Village has been illuminated in the evenings four or five times a month in alternate months.
  • Etchu Ichinomiya Takase-jinja Shrine
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    4.5
    20 Reviews
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    Toyama Pref. Nantoshi Takase 291
    The Etchu Ichinomiya Takase-jinja Shrine has a long history, even recorded in documents from the year 680. The god worshipped there, Okuninushi-no-Mikoto (Ohonamuchi), is a god of prosperity and relationships, and is adored by many. There is a lot to see, including treasure displays, the water purification fountain, tea brushes, and the Koreiden Mausoleum designated as a Cultural Property. Approximately 15 minutes by car via Tonami Interchange on the Hokuriku Expressway.

    越中には異例ですが4つの一の宮があり、その一つがこの高瀬神社です。御祭神は大国主命で、縁結びにご利益があるそうです。高瀬神社の巫女さんが描く「神さまのお姿」展が開催されていました。素人とは思えない上手いアニメぽい絵です。とても興味深く鑑賞できました。

  • Roadside Station Shogawa
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    3.5
    14 Reviews
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    Toyama Pref. Tonamishi Shougawamachishimeno 437
    This roadside station in Shogawamachi, Tonami City, Toyama Prefecture is located between Gokayama, Kanazawa, and Himi. Its shop offers a variety of products. These include locally-grown agricultural products such as vegetables grown with the spring waters from Shogawa Seiryu Onsen, Yuzumaru milk manju buns made with Shokawa yuzu citrus, Egoma Udon noodles that have wild sesame grown in Shogawa kneaded into them, and more. Its restaurant offers many different local flavors to enjoy. Their yogoshi-don rice bowls and yogoshi pizza made are both of which are made with yogoshi, a regional vegetable dish of Tonami. Their yuzu miso salad pizzas are made with Shogawa-grown yuzu citrus.

    We passby this road station after leaving toyama and heading towards Shiragawa-go. As the journey was a long one, we took a break when we saw the road station signboard. There was a lovely park to...

  • Roadside Station Tonami
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    3.5
    18 Reviews
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    Toyama Pref. Tonamishi Miyazawachou 3-9
    This roadside station in Miyazawacho, Tonami City, Toyama Prefecture is a five-minute drive from JR Johana Line Tonami Station. Its restaurant, Tonami Sodachi, offers cuisine made with ingredients from Tonami and Toyama Prefecture, such as their Okado somen noodle set meal and their Tonamino onion curry set meal lunches. At dinner, the restaurant offers banquet-style dinners featuring dishes such as butamotsu-nabe (pork tripe hot pot) and shabu-shabu (hot pot) made with Toyama grown pork. The station's other facilities includes a tourist information center, Promenade Momiji, a full-service steak house, Tonamino no Sato, a farmer's market offering local vegetables and other products, and a museum shop featuring souvenirs related to the area's famous tulips.

    砺波IC近くの156号線沿いにある大きい道の駅。チューリップフェアが開かれる会場にも近いです。ここのいいところは地場産品が揃うところ。野菜から日本酒、お菓子、種類豊富でちょっと知られたものならわざわざその店まで行かなくても大概のものはここで手に入ります。先日若鶴酒造の限定品のお酒もここで購入できました。

  • Inami Betsuin Zuizenji Temple
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    4.5
    36 Reviews
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    Toyama Pref. Nantoshi Inami 3050
    This temple of the Ohtani sect of Shinshu is a branch of Kyoto's Higashi Honganji Temple. During the Warring States Period, it served as a base for the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist uprising. It is notable for the stout stone walls surrounding the temple buildings. Located in a residential area a 15-minute drive from Hokuriku Expressway's Tonami Interchange on Route 156, the temple's biggest attraction is the carvings located all over its buildings. All of the decorative carvings were created by craftspeople from the wood carving district in Inami, part of present-day Nanto City. Visitors can bear witness to the superior skills of the expert carpenters and wood carvers who built the temple.

    The whole prefecture made a great job at preserving a traditional aspect but Inami is definitely the best example. I spent hours wandering there and I still love it. The surrounding and the interior...

  • Ainokura Folklore Museum
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    4.5
    24 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Toyama Pref. Nantoshi Ainokura 352
    This folk history museum sits in a corner of the Ainokura Gassho-zukuri Village, a World Heritage site located in the mountains east from Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway's Gokayama Interchange via the Hietsukyo Gassho Scenic Route. It is notable for its two gassho-zukuri style buildings with straw-thatched roofs which were once a residence of the old Ozaki Family. The museum exhibits articles once used by villagers, as well as historical materials that convey the village's tradition of mutual aid. On the second floor, guests can get a close look at the unique framework and internal construction of gassho-zukuri buildings. The museum's second building, the Ainokura Traditional Industry Museum, contains historical materials about washi (Japanese paper) and saltpeter, two of Gokayama's traditional industries. Visitors at the museum can learn about the history of Japan through the wisdom and hardships of ancestors.

    This is a small Gassho house, with the layout typical for these houses. This is a small museum and there is a documentary about the construction,maintenance and customs of these houses (all in...

  • Agricultural Association Gokayama Washi
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    4.5
    3 Reviews
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    Toyama Pref. Nantoshi Shimonashi 148
    Of all the traditional industries of Toyama Prefecture, Gokayama washi (Japanese paper) has the longest history. So long, in fact, that there are even records of it being dedicated to Maeda Toshinaga, the head of the Kaga Domain, over 500 years ago. This agricultural association located in Shimonashi, Nanto City, Toyama Prefecture sells this historic washi paper in the form of paper for paintings and calligraphy, washi-based folk crafts, and various washi-based sundries. It also launched the GOKKA brand of modern washi-based products such as gift bags and letter boxes. The association, which is located 1.5 kilometers east of the World Heritage site Ainokura Gassho-zukuri Village on Route 304, also offers paper-making lessons and facility tours.

    予約なし一人でもできます。 まず職人さんがやり方を一通り実際にやって見せてくれるのでわかりやすいです。 紙をすいて、その上に押し花の飾りを載せて乾燥させます。 体験自体はやることがそんなにありませんが機械などを見るのは珍しくて楽しかったです。 乾かすのに少し時間がかかります。 さほど高くもないので時間があるようなら体験されるのをおすすめします。

  • Sankyoson Observatory
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    Toyama Pref. Tonamishi Gotani 160
    "This observation deck a 20-minute drive from Hokuriku Expressway's Tonami Interchange offers a view of the settlements scattered across the Tonami plains. From there, you can also see as far as Toyama Bay and the Sea of Japan. In summer, your view of the land below will be filled with verdant rice paddies. The beautiful moonlit night scenery is also a must-see. The observatory, which sits at an altitude of some 400 meters, is also popular for its nighttime views due to the nearly 180 degree field of view. It has also been designated as one of Toyama prefecture's best ""hometown views."" "
  • Shogawa Gorge Cruise
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Toyama Pref. Tonamishi Shougawamachiomaki 73-5
    This sightseeing boat operates on the Shogawa Gorge between Komaki Dam and Omaki Onsen. The Shogawa River boat dock is a 20-minute drive from Tonami Interchange. Passengers can enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings to their hearts content while also taking in the seasonal scenery. Two courses are available; the Omaki Onsen Course, a relaxed one-hour long round trip, and the shorter Nagasaki Bridge Tour Course. The company also offers a number of special seasonal cruises and is seeing increasing numbers of travelers from abroad.

    砺波チューリップフェア期間中、チューリップクルーズ、25分1000円で遊覧してきました。 新緑と常緑樹のコントラストが美しく、気候もいいので5月の柔らかい風を感じながら快適な時間を過ごすました。 チューリップフェアのチケットを見せると割引があり、嬉しかったです。今度は紅葉か、雪景色のときにぜひ行きたいです。

  • Shogawa River Ravine
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    Toyama prefecture Tonami city Shogawa cho
    This 15 kilometer-long ravine upstream of Komaki Dam is a 20-minute drive from Hokuriku Expressway's Tonami Interchange. In the past, the Shogawa River was used to transport wood harvested in the mountains. The ravine shows many different colors all year long; In the spring, the area is dyed pink with cherry blossoms. In the summer, the ravine is colored with fresh greenery. In the fall, it is draped in red leaves. In the winter, the ravine is carpeted with white snow. The area is visited by many tourists from Japan and around the world. A sightseeing boat that operates between Komaki Port and Omaki Port provides passengers with views of the bottom of the bright-red Nagasakibashi suspension bridge.
  • Komaki Dam
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    Toyama Pref. Tonamishi Shougawamachiomaki
    "This hydroelectric power dam a 20-minute drive from Tonami Interchange was finished in 1930. Its beautiful radial gates earned it the nickname of ""the number one dam of the orient"" at the time. The dam's stately appearance has remained the same for more than 80 years. In 2002, it was registered as a National Cultural Property. A sightseeing boat that offers views of the Shogawa River ravine operates out of Komaki Port on the lake's shore. Passengers can enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the lake's emerald surface."
  • World Cultural Heritage Suganuma Gassho-zukuri Village
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    Toyama Pref. Nantoshi Suganuma
    This historic village is a two-minute drive from Gokayama Interchange. Nine gassho-zukuri style homes have been preserved in a setting surrounded by a rich natural environment that evokes images of a bygone era. The oldest of the homes were built in the late Edo period. The Ensho no Yakata (gunpowder mansion) features exhibits on creation of unpowder, which was Gokayama's biggest industry at the time. The entire process, from harvesting of raw materials to delivery of the final product, is introduced via shadow puppetry and other media. The village became a nationally designated historical site in 1970 and was registered as a world heritage site in 1995.
  • Roadside Station Fukumitsu
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    4.0
    30 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Toyama Pref. Nantoshi Nakanogo 21
    "This roadside station a 10-minute drive from Oyabe Interchange Station. The building, styled in the image of a rich farmer's mansion, is beloved by the nickname ""Nanto Ippukuchaya."" The farmer's market Ippuku-ichi, which offers fresh local fruits and vegetables, is popular with both tourists and locals. The Restaurant Tanpopo, located in an earthen storehouse-style building, offers a range of dishes made with local ingredients, as well as nostalgic sweets. "

    Luckily I passed fukumitsu during the festival season!!! During the daytime people all busy with preparation and around sunset the fes began. Good place to watch traditional Japanese festival...

  • Nanto Fukumitsu Art Museum
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    4.5
    6 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Toyama Pref. Nantoshi Hourinji 2010
    "This this art museum a 10-minute drive from Oyabe Interchange. focuses on the works of Munakata Shiko and Ishizaki Koyo, who both have ties to Nanto City. Some of the works in its collection include Munakata's masterpiece the ""Ten GreatDisciples of Buddha"" which took the grand prize in the woodblock print division at the Sao Paulo Art Biennial in 1955, and ""Kakei"", a prime example of Ishizaki's early work that was awarded a certificate of merit at the eighth Bunten exhibition and was purchased by the Imperial Household Agency. The museum also exhibits works by artists with ties to the area in its collection room."

    棟方志功さんがお住まいになった場所、噂のお手洗いからカレンダーまで、当時お住まいだった頃を偲べるようなつくりで、大変素敵でした。今回は、ガイドさんをお願いして色々とお伺いしました。 愛染苑の裏手には、資料館もあります。こちらは興味のある方向けですね…。

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Toyama is one of the three prefectures that house the Japanese Alps, with its southern and eastern borders comprising one long stretch of mountains, out of which the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is forged. While traditional crafts fill the northern coastal cities of Toyama and Takaoka, thatched roof houses offer unrivalled views against a backdrop of fantastic scenery at Gokayama in the mountainous area in the south of the prefecture.

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