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Historic Village of Gokayama

Prefecture map 15 A top destination for many visitors to Japan, Gokayama is a group of Japanese style village houses that is surrounded by steep mountains where winter brings heavy snowfall up to 2 meters high. However, Gokayama is not just special because of its village houses: the overall scenery which also includes rice fields and stone walls is a rare sight in Japan. It is believed that the oldest existing village here had been constructed back in the 17th century.

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