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Life in a Gassho-style Village: One-on-one Tour of Gokayama with a Local Guide

Uncover the hidden side of life in Suganuma, a gassho-style village that joined the register of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1995. Surrounded by rich forests and steep mountains, Suganuma is a living piece of cultural heritage–a village with permanent residents, which makes it unique among the sites on the UNESCO roster. During your journey, you’ll discover the local origins of the village’s world-famous gassho-style architecture and savor a lunch prepared using local ingredients in a traditional gassho-style home. With an English-speaking guide-interpreter to accompany you every step of the way, you can enjoy your journey with peace of mind. Inquire about an experience today.

Tour Itinerary

10:00 a.m. Tour begins at the parking lot overlooking Suganuma Village

11:00 a.m. Visit to the Gokayama Folklore Museum and Niter Museum.

                   Traditional accessory try-on, and stroll through the village.

12:00 p.m. Lunch at Gorobei, a gassho-style restaurant.

1:00 p.m. End of tour

― A Taste of Gokayama —

At lunch, you’ll savor local delicacies like char fish, Gokayama-style tofu, mountain greens, and buckwheat noodles, all while relaxing in a historic gassho-style home. Like the surrounding mountains, the atmosphere of the venue changes with every season!

*Vegetarian options available


* Tours are accompanied by an English-speaking guide.

* Tour price includes meals. The dining venue may be subject to change.

* Tour schedule may be subject to change or cancellation due to inclement weather or other factors.


Nanto City Tourism Association
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JPY 10,000 per person (tax included)
Guide/interpreter fee, travel insurance, lunch, experience fee
10:00 a.m.
Around 3 hours
Suganuma gassho-style village
Departure Point
Parking lot overlooking Suganuma Village
Ending Point
Parking lot overlooking Suganuma Village
By Public Transportation
The tour meets in the parking lot overlooking Suganuma Village.
* To reach the village by bus, use the World Heritage Bus and disembark at the “Suganuma” bus stop. The bus stop is a two-minute walk from the tour start point.
* If you plan to reach the village by car, please park in the parking lot overlooking Suganuma Village. The parking lot charges an entrance fee of 500 yen.
6 people
Minimum Participants
2 people
Reservation deadline: 7 days in advance
Reservation Period
8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Cancellation policy
*If you wish to cancel your tour, please notify us by phone or email during our business hours (10 a.m.–6 p.m.). If you contact us outside of our business hours, we will respond to you the following day.
*If you choose to cancel your tour on the day it is scheduled, you must notify the Nanto City Tourism Association (TEL: +81 0763-62-1201) before 9:30 a.m. on the morning of your tour. You will be charged the full price of the tour if you do not notify us of your cancellation before this time.
*If you cancel your tour, you will be charged a cancellation fee for each participant as follows:
10 to 8 days in advance:20%
7 to 2 days in advance:30%
1 day in advance:40%
Day of the tour (before 9:30 a.m.):50%
Day of the tour (after 9:30 a.m., including no-shows):100%

*If inclement weather impacts the availability of public transportation on the day of your tour, your tour may be cancelled at no cost to you. We will notify you if we cancel your tour. However, if you cancel your tour due to inclement weather when public transportation is still available, you will be charged a cancellation fee (see table above).
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206-22 (Inside JR Johana Station), Koreyasu, Nanto City, Toyama Prefecture
Business Day
every day
Business Hours
8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.


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