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菅沼合掌造り集落 Suganuma Gassho Community

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436 Suganuma, Nanto-shi, Toyama 939-1973, Japan
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Date of post:2015/07/24

Paddy fields and traditional houses

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Shuganuma gassho village is a little smaller but similar to Ainokura gassho village. You can see small paddy fields and ponds among the houses in the village. There are not so many people so you can look around and just relax.
There are some restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops too so you can take a break and enjoy shopping or eating there.

There are also two museums, Ensho No Yakata and Gokayama Minzokukan. "Ensho" means "ingredients" of "gunpowder". Gunpowder used to be one of three main industries of Gokayama in the Edo period (1603-1868). The others were sericulture and paper making. Agriculture and forestry are also basic industries in Gokayama.
After the 16th century, the Kaga domain reigned over this district and ordered to create gunpowder. In the museum, you can see some tools, equipment and explanation about "ensho".

In Gokayama Minzokukan (folk museum), there are more than 200 daily life tools, commodities and equipment. You can look at some displays about sericulture and learn the process in the gassho style house. There are also some tools and equipment of paper making.

If you go through the village and go straight, you will reach "Gassho No Sato". It is a facility where you can experience life in a gassho style house. There are 13 gassho style houses which were relocated and reconstructed. And, you can stay and learn more about life in Gokayama.

"Kagowatashi" is displayed around the entrance of "Gassho No Sato". "Kagowatashi" is an old type of transportation which was created using a basket and ropes. After the 17th century, Gokayama was a place of exile and it was prohibited to build any bridge so they used "kagowatashi". "Kagowatashi" is also depicted in ukiyo-e of Hiroshige as it was one type of transportation during the Edo period.

There is an elevator between Suganuma gassho village and gassho no sato. If you go up using the elevator, you can reach a national road. And, if you walk towards a bus stop for a few minutes, there is an observation spot. you can admire the whole view of Suganuma gassho village.

Date of post:2015/07/10

Time stands still in this village

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Located between mountains and the Sho river, Suganuma Gassho-zukuri village was designated a World Heritage Site in 1995 along with Ainokura Gassho-zukuri village.

Gassho-zukuri is a specific and unique Japanese architectural style with a distinct steep roof to deal with the severe natural environment. You can only find them in Gokayama (Toyama prefecture) and Shirakawa-go (Gifu prefecture) in Japan.

There are 9 houses built several hundred years ago in Suganuma Gassho-zukuri village (23 houses in Ainokura Gassho-zukuri village), and currently about 80 local residents in total live there.

In the village, other than the extraordinary beautiful scenery, you can learn about the life in the mountain village at Gokayama Museum of History and Folklore.

Even if you need to rest or are hungry, don't worry. You'll find 3 nice restaurants offering tempura using seasonal foods, a dish of edible wild plants or a dish of river fish, buckwheat noodles, and a tea room where you can enjoy coffee, tea and Japanese confectionery in the village. Above all, you must try Tenzaru-soba (cold buckwheat noodles served with a dipping sauce and tempura)!

So, when you visit the precious villages, you should follow the following rules: don't trespass on private property, don't take flowers or plants as a souvenir, refrain from visiting after dark or early in the morning, refrain from behavior that is disturbing to the residents.

Address: Kaminashi, Nanto 939-1914
Tel: +81 (0)763 66 2468

Getting there
By train
- Limited express train: About 1 hour from Toyama station to Johana station through Shin-takaoka station. The fare is ¥1700. Take Sekai Isan bus to Wajima Roadside station (about 30 min). The fare is ¥1100.
- Local train: About one and a half hour from Toyama station to Johana station through Takaoka station. The fare is ¥940. Take Sekai Isan bus to Wajima Roadside station (about 30 min). The fare is ¥1100.

By bus
- Sekai isan bus: About 40 min from Johana station. Get off at "Suganuma". The fare is ¥1100.
- Sekai isan bus: About 60 min from Shin-takaoka station. Get off at "Suganuma". The fare is ¥1200.
- Express bus: About 60 min from the Kenroku-en exit bus terminal at Kanazawa station. The fares are ¥1540 (single) and ¥2780 (return).

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