Ainokura is a lovely village. All the guest for the night in our minshuku are Japanese, luckily of the guest Mr. Suzuki speak good English and very talkative. He told us about the Shiragawa-go rice wine festival and show us plenty of photos about the nearby villages in different seasons, the places he had been to and about his cooking. He have a dozen of cameras as he couldn't figure out how to transfer the photos to a computer. He's a farmer from Yokohama, and we like him a lot. A very friendly, nice, sharing and talkative guy.

Guests at Minshuku Yomoshirou
Guests at Minshuku Yomoshirou
Dressed up for bed
Dressed up for bed

It's our first night staying in a Japanese Guest House with tatami and futton, genuine Japanese dinner with grilled fish, and sleeping with Japanese traditional pajama. It's indeed a very unique experience.

Breakfast
Breakfast
Photo with Suzuki-san
Photo with Suzuki-san

Ainokura is smaller village (compared to Shirakawa-go) near to the forest, relatively quiet with little tourist. There are some small roads to walk-about, but sadly it lacks some interesting hiking trail.

Walking from Ainokura to the next town (20 minutes)

The journey is fairly scenic (sadly the adventure is on a tar road). We pass by a waterfall, a grass storage house, Shirakawa river in emerald green color and plenty of mountains and trees.