Travel to Kanazawa and Gokayama Part 8: Suganuma Gassho-zukuri Village in Gokayama

五箇山 菅沼合掌造り集落 アイキャッチ画像


I traveled to Kanazawa (Ishikawa Prefecture) and Gokayama (Toyama Prefecture) for three days and two nights. This was my first visit to Hokuriku District and I felt unique atmosphere there. In this article, I will write about Suganuma Gassho-zukuri Village in Gokayama as part of Day 3.

[Visit Places (series of articles)]
* Day 1 (1) Kanazawa Station, Omi-cho Market and Oyama Jinja Shrine
* Day 1 (2) Buke Yashiki District, 21st Century Museum and D.T. Suzuki Museum
* Day 1 (3) Kanazawa Castle Park and Kanazawa Station (Illumination)
* Day 2 (1) Kenrokuen Garden
* Day 2 (2) Kanazawa Castle Park
* Day 2 (3) Higashi Chaya District and Kazue-machi Chaya District
* Day 2 (4) Higashi Chaya District and Kazue-machi Chaya District (Light-up)
* Day 3 (1) Gokayama: Suganuma Gassho-zukuri Village [This article]
* Day 3 (2) Gokayama: Ainokura Gassho-zukuri Village
* Day 3 (3) Kanazawa Station

[Travel Date]

[Main Part]

It was the third day of my trip to Kanazawa and Gokayama for three days and two nights. To begin with, here are photos of Tsuzumi-mon at Kanazawa station in the morning.Kanazawa station Tsuzumi-mon1

Kanazawa station Tsuzumi-mon2

On the third day, I went for a day excursion trip to Gokayama.

What is Gokayama?

Gokayama is located in Nanto city, Toyama prefecuture, and has two Gassho-zukuri Village, Suganuma Gassho-zukuri Village and Ainokura Gassho-zukuri Village. The village was registered as registered as a World Heritage site in 1995. Since I found it took about one hour from Kanazawa to Gokayama by bus, I decided to include Gokayama into my trip.

This was the bus I rode.""

On the way to Gokayama.""

Suganuma Gassho-zukuri Village

As I mentioned above, there are two Gassho-zukuri Villages in Gokayama and I visited Suganuma Gassho-zukuri Village, first.

View from a road, which was located above the village.Gokayama Suganuma Gassho-zukuri Village1

You also can see such a beautiful scenery.五箇山 菅沼合掌造り集落 庄川

Now I approached to the village.""


Let’s start strolling!""

Gokayama Suganuma Gassho-zukuri Village2

Gokayama Suganuma Gassho-zukuri Village3


Souvenir shop.""

It should be tranquil and rustic landscape.Gokayama Suganuma Gassho-zukuri Village4


I left Suganuma Gassho-zukuri Village just for the time being and moved to Gokayama Gassho-no-sato, which was about five minute walk from Suganuma Gassho-zukuri Village.

Gokayama Gassho-no-sato

Gokayama Gassho-no-sato has several facilities for restaurants and accommodations.

There remain 13 Gassho-zukuri houses there.Gokayama Gassho-no-sato1

Gokayama Gassho-no-sato2

In addition to Gassho-zukuri houses, you can see natural scenery there.""



Suganuma Gassho-zukuri Village

I returned to Suganuma Gassho-zukuri Village.""

Lunch at “Arai”.五箇山 菅沼合掌造り集落 あらい1

I had Gonbei-mochi and Gokayama Tofu Sashimi, which were local favorite.五箇山 菅沼合掌造り集落 あらい2

After lunch, I visited Gokayama Folk museum.""

五箇山 菅沼合掌造り集落 民俗館1

五箇山 菅沼合掌造り集落 民俗館2

五箇山 菅沼合掌造り集落 民俗館3

I also stopped by a cafe.五箇山 菅沼合掌造り集落 茶房 掌1

五箇山 菅沼合掌造り集落 茶房 掌2

View from the cafe.五箇山 菅沼合掌造り集落 茶房 掌3

Then, I moved to Ainokura Gassho-zukuri Village, another Gassho-zukuri Village in Gokayama, and I will write about it in the next article.


That’s it for the article about Suganuma Gassho-zukuri Village in Gokayama as part of Day 3. In terms of Gassho-zukuri Village, you may know Shirakawa-go, which is also designated as a World Heritage Site. Compared to Shirakawa-go, Gokayama is less developed, but less crowded. So, you can feel more tranquil atmosphere 🙂

In the next article, I will write about Ainokura Gassho-zukuri Village in Gokayama.


[Related Link]
Gokayama Tourist Information Center (English)
Gokayama,Shirakawa-go,Takayama |HOKURIKU RAIL ROAD (English)


      1. 富山に住んで4年になるのですが、こんなに綺麗な青空がでてることがあまりないので、すごく羨ましいです!

        1. 富山にお住まいなんですね。富山もいつか行ってみたいと思っています。今週末五箇山に行かれるということで、晴れるといいですね!

    1. TOKIさん、コメントありがとうございます。高山から五箇山とは贅沢なルートですね。合掌造りといえば近隣の白川郷が有名ですが、五箇山も同じくらい魅力的な場所ですので楽しまれたのでは思います!

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