about gokayama

The World Heritage Site, Gassho-zukuri Village of Gokayama, is nestled in the tranquil and rustic landscape. In this mountain village, a life in the history is still alive as if it were cut out from the past.

Since the village was registered as a World Heritage site in 1995, the village house’s unique architectural style called Gassho-zukuri has attracted much attention for its appearance and structure. The natural beauty surrounding the villages is also very impressive.

Attraction of Gassho-zukuri, however, does not lie only in its unique appearance. You will be more interested in Gassho-zukuri if you learn about Gokayama more, including climate, people’s life and wisdom, the tradition and culture which people have passed down from generation to generation by their efforts.

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nanto city

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