Introduction

Gokayama is a group of small villages, along the Shokawa River in Nanto City, Toyama Prefecture and surrounded by mountains. This isolated location has lead to the survival of whole villages featuring traditional Japanese houses with their steeply pitched thatched roofs, which along with those at Shirakawa-go, are the only examples which are in situ and have mantained continuous occupation. Many of these houses are over 300 years old. Gokayama is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms part of the 'Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama' listing.

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