Fairytale Ainokura, Japan, in the snow - The Painted Globe. The thatched gassho-zukuri houses in Ainokura are part of the Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama Japanese UNESCO World Heritage Site. Beautiful, quaint and a fabulous way to see old-fashioned Japan. Read more for why you should visit and travel tips on how to get there!
Located in the Japanese Alps, the once-isolated, rural mountain villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama both sport a unique style of Japanese vernacular architecture known as Gasshō-zukuri -- distinct for their thatched, steeply slanting roofs resembling two hands in prayer.
Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama (Japan). Located in a mountainous region that was cut off from the rest of the world for a long period of time, these villages with their Gassho-style houses subsisted on the cultivation of mulberry trees and the rearing of silkworms
Shirakawago & Gokayama: UNESCO World Heritage Villages