Ainokura provides an intimate look at the unique, traditional Japanese architecture of gassho-style thatched roof houses and the lifestyles of the village residents. Set against the backdrop of the Japan Alps, the scenery of Ainokura looks as if it could have been plucked from another century long past. Besides the residents who are still inhabiting several of the traditional houses, there are museums, restaurants, and souvenir shops built in the same gassho-zukuri thatched roof style. Those who wish to experience life in a traditional mountain village can book an inn to spend the night (reservations required in advance).
611 Ainokura, Nanto City, Toyama Prefecture 939-1915, Japan
Parking Fees (World Heritage Conservation Fund): Large buses 3,000 yen, medium buses 2,000 yen, regular cars/mini cars 500 yen