Central Honshū

Between Suganuma and Ainokura, in the hamlet of Kaminashi, you'll find Murakami-ke, one of the oldest gasshō houses in the region (dating from 1578). It's now a small museum; the proud owner delights in showing visitors around and might sing you some local folk songs. Close by, the main hall of Hakusan-gū shrine dates from 1502. It's an Important Cultural Property.

On 25 and 26 September, the Kokiriko Matsuri features costumed dancers performing with rattles that move like snakes. On day two, everyone joins in.

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Nearby Central Honshū attractions

1. Ainokura Minzoku-kan

1.03 MILES

Stroll through the village to this interesting folklore museum, with displays of local crafts and paper. The museum occupies two buildings, the former…

2. Gokayama Minzoku-kan


You can see items from traditional life and displays illustrating gunpowder production, for which the area was once famed, at this folklore museum.

3. Gokayama Washi-no-sato

3.39 MILES

North of Ainokura on Rte 156 you'll find this roadside attraction, which explains the art of making washi (handmade paper) and gives you the chance to try…

4. Wada-ke

10.48 MILES

Shirakawa-gō's largest gasshō house is a designated National Treasure. It once belonged to a wealthy silk-trading family and dates back to the mid-Edo…

5. Myōzen-ji Folk Museum

10.75 MILES

Adjacent to Myōzen-ji, Ogimachi's small temple, Myōzen-ji Folk Museum displays the traditional paraphernalia of daily rural life.

6. Gasshō-zukuri Folk Village

10.83 MILES

Over two dozen gasshō-zukuri buildings have been relocated here, although the arrangement feels contrived. Several houses are used for demonstrating…

7. Kanazawa Yuwaku Edo Village

11.19 MILES

In Yuwaku Onsen, about 14km southeast of Kanazawa along Rte 10, you'll find this attractive collection of reconstructed Edo-period buildings arranged as…

8. DT Suzuki Museum

18.11 MILES

This spiritual museum is a tribute to Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki, one of the foremost Buddhist philosophers of our time. Published in Japanese and English,…