Good Old Japan in Toyama

Nostalgic scenery of Ainokura Village

By Masayoshi Hirose    - 1 min read

At five o'clock in the morning, I woke up in an inn called, 'Shoshichi', where I stayed the night on February 8th, 2015, in the village of Gokayama Ainokura in Toyama Prefecture. 80 cm of snow fell the night I was there.

Before breakfast, I went outside and took photos of snow in the village. Only hotel guests are allowed to enter Ainokura Village from night to early morning, to prevent the confusion crowds might cause in a small village. Thanks to that, I was able to explore the village without fighting crowds! I only stayed for one night, but enjoyed it fully.

World Heritage Site: Ainokura Gassho-zukuri Villages
1. Winter in Small Village of Toyama
2. Warm Welcome in a Small Village
3. Good Old Japan in Toyama

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Takako Sakamoto

Takako Sakamoto @takako.sakamoto

I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The historical places where people lived, loved, suffered, and fought - places where I can still hear their heartbeats - mesmerize me. I'd like to retrace the footsteps of the people who lived in Japan a long long time ago, and introduce to you what they left behind on this soil.  

Original by Masayoshi Hirose