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Gokayama, Nanto

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At Gokayama, see how the area's traditional gasshō-zukuri houses found their way onto the World Heritage List. Not a single nail was used in construction of these three- to four-story houses; the style of minka (residents for non-samurai castes) developed during the Edo period, and today people continue to live in them. Steep roofs at 60-degree angles add a special charm and prevent snow from building up. During summer, artists from all around the world gather for the World Drama Festival in the picturesque scenery. Although relatively noncommercialized and slow-paced, the area does offer a souvenir shop and cafe. Enjoy the fresh air and mountain landscape, which in winter has an especially magical ambiance. Plan your visit to Gokayama and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Nanto trip builder tool .
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  • If one wants to see the Japanese Alps' life in thatched rood houses this is a great place to start. There is a paper making activity, which I did and many small villages to visit; whitch I did one. Se...  more »
  • Compared to Shirawaka-go, Gokayama is less touristy, which is wonderful for photo taking and exploring around without much commercialism. The Gassho-zukuri style houses are mainly inhabitated by local...  more »
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