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Goyomon

Style: Gassho-Zukuri

Price Per Person:
¥7,000 ~ ¥10,000

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Address (English)

321, Ainokura
Nanto -shi

Address (Japanese)

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Welcome to Goyomon, a thatched-roof "Gassho-Zukuri" style of farm house in Ainokura. Goyomon is a quaint, historical type of accommodation full of character and perfect for the guest who wishes to experience traditional Japanese culture. All 3 guest rooms are traditional Japanese-style and there are indoor baths for both women and men (same gender only). Local river fish and fresh, seasonal vegetables are served throughout the year. Snow Warning: There is a lot of snow in Ainokura in January and February so please bring a pair of boots.

Welcome to Goyomon, a thatched-roof "Gassho-Zukuri" style of farm house in Ainokura. Goyomon is a quaint, historical type of accommodation full of character and perfect for the guest who wishes to experience traditional Japanese culture. All 3 guest rooms are traditional Japanese-style and there are indoor baths for both women and men (same gender only). Local river fish and fresh, seasonal vegetables are served throughout the year. Snow Warning: There is a lot of snow in Ainokura in January and February so please bring a pair of boots.

Facilities

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GUEST ROOMS

  • Japanese Style Room with Private Bath and Toilet
  • Japanese Style Room with Private Toilet Only
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Towels

HOT SPRINGS and BATHING FACILITIES

  • Shared Outdoor Hot Spring Bath (Same Gender Only)
  • Shared Indoor Hot Spring Bath (Same Gender Only)
  • Private Hot Spring Bath in Guest Room
  • Private Outdoor Hot Spring Bath (Attached to Guest Room)
  • "Family Bath" (Privately Reserved Hot Spring Bath)
  • Mixed Outdoor Hot Spring Bath

REGULAR BATHING FACILITIES

  • Shared Outdoor Bath (Same Gender Only)
  • Shared Indoor Bath (Same Gender Only)
  • Private Outdoor Bath (Attached to Guest Room)
  • "Family Bath" (Privately Reserved Bath)
  • Mixed Outdoor Bath (Both Genders)

MEALS

  • Dinner and Breakfast Plan Available
  • Breakfast Plan Only Available
  • No Meal Plan Available

SPECIAL MEAL REQUEST

  • Special Meal Request (e.g. No Pork)
  • Vegetarian Meals (with fish)
  • Vegetarian Meals (no fish but with fish broth)
  • Western-style Breakfast

DINING ARRANGEMENTS

  • Dinner Served in Guest Room
  • Breakfast Served in Guest Room

OTHER

  • English Ability of the Ryokan Staff/Owners:
    A Little English Spoken
  • Internet Connection:
    Wifi Available
  • Parking:
    Free Parking
  • Curfew Time:
    22:00
  • Pickup Service:
  • Single Guests:
  • Children under 12 Years allowed:
  • Pay with a Credit Card:
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Great stay at Goyomon

Vivian

Month of Visit: March

Country Of Reviewer: Australia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

I was the only one staying at Goyomon the night I was there. Since I visited in March, there was plenty of snow still in the town (not on the roof though), but it wasn\'t cold at all in the daytime (definitely dropped at least ten degrees by night though). I stayed in Ainokura as a suggestion from Japanese Guesthouses since Shirakawago ryokans did not take single guests. It is cheaper in comparison and much more serene as there were barely any tourists in the village and you pretty much get the whole place to yourself come dusk. The host was a very nice lady who offered to drive to nearby Sugamo to view the light up huts at night (Friday and Saturday in March, and I believe Shirakawago is lit up in January and February). The buses come once every 4 hours or so though, so plan ahead!

Perfect Alternative to Shirakawa-go

Wai tuck

Month of Visit: February

Country Of Reviewer:

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

As compared to Shirakawa-go, Ainokura is a much serene place, with comparable scenic views. The stay at Goyomon makes it an even more memorable experience. The host is a friendly and polite lady. It\'s easy to communicate with her in simple English. The room is cosy. The dinner and breakfast are delicious.

Fantastic moment in Gokayama

Chui leng

Month of Visit: February

Country Of Reviewer: Malaysia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

My husband and I stayed 1 night in Goyomon. The host is friendly and helpful.Authentic and delicious dinner and breakfast. A wonderful winter experience in Ainokura

Winter wonderland in Ainokura

Yan sean

Month of Visit: January

Country Of Reviewer: Malaysia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

I stayed for 1 night with 2 friends at Goyomon and it was the best winter experience ever. The host ensure that we are warm, and we had a full course dinner with fish cooked in traditional method. The stay also included a scrumptious breakfast. The surrounding is idyllic and we had many beautiful photo opportunities at the observation area. No regrets choosing to stay here over the commercialized Shirakawago.

Memorable Stay

Month of Visit: January

Country Of Reviewer: Singapore

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

It was a great experience for the one night stay at Goyomon. Mrs Hiromi was very a friendly and welcoming host. The food was prepared with care and was surprisingly tasty with some local mushroom and fish grilled in traditional style. Though it was raining that day in snowy winter, the heater in the room kept us dry and warm. Mrs Hiromi was kind to offer a ride for us to the bus station as we were a bit late for the next bus. We highly recommend Goyoman in Ainokura instead of a more commercialized gassho-zukuri farmhourse stay in Shirakawa-go.

Wonderful winter experience in Ainokura

Pui hua

Month of Visit: December

Country Of Reviewer: Malaysia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Our family of 4 visited Shirakawago and stayed overnight in Ainokura in mid December, and we had such a wonderful time there. The hostess, Hiromi (hope I recalled her name correctly), waited for us at the bus stop with her car and we were greeted with warm hospitality upon arrival at Goyomon - a well heated house with hot tea and snacks. We were served with authentic Japanese meals for both dinner and breakfast (they were so delicious and fresh), and the next morning Hiromi offered our children a toboggan each where they got to play at the snowy field right in front of Goyomon, we had the field all to ourselves! We had hours of fun building snowman, snowball fighting, tobogganing and got ourselves changed and warmed up before leaving to our next destination. Overall, it was a wonderful experience and we look forward to be back again.

Beautiful Host

Lisa

Month of Visit: December

Country Of Reviewer: Australia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Arrived at Takaoka station late and didn’t realise that I would be catching the last bus of the day. Lovely host picked me up at the bus stop and quickly set up my room and wonderful meal.

Would recommend :)

Tom

Date of Review: December, 2017

Month of Visit: December

Country Of Reviewer: England

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Had a lot of fun staying at this guest house- from the traditional food (interesting- and nice) to the setting. Like many we went here because the more widely advertised Shirakawa-go didn\'t have any places, and I\'m happy we did- it\'s much quieter and just (if not more) picturesq!

authentic stay at Goyomon

Ravo

Date of Review: December, 2017

Month of Visit: November

Country Of Reviewer: France

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

I stayed as a single traveler in Goyomon for one night at the end of november 2017. I arrived by car and could park next to the house. I liked the spirit of this small village where everyone goes back home at 5pm when night falls at this time of year. I felt very comfortable in my room and also in the common room where fishes were cooked on the fire for dinner. Dinner was delicious and I relished the local vegetables and local food. It was the same for breakfast. I spent a very peaceful night. I recommend a stay on Goyomon to feel an authentic welcome in a traditional home.

Wonderful stay in a peaceful place

Stephanie

Date of Review: November, 2017

Month of Visit: November

Country Of Reviewer: Canada

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Our night in Ainokura and Goyomon was magical, the kaiseiki was so good. Our host was very nice and spoke enough English for comfortable communication. We would definitely recommend. But before booking, better to understand that there are 2 other rooms, adjacent to yours, with paper walls, which hinders privacy a little, but that\'s part of the experience.

One night in paradise

Paolo

Month of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: Italy

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

I arrived in Ainokura in a pale, rainy day. The atmoshere was unique, magic. The village was surrunded by mountains and clouds: I arrived totally wet but I did not care. It was the experience i hoped for: peace, silence, mist and rain. I had a welcome with green tea and biscuits and later a splendid, traditional, japanese dinner. My room was clean confortable and warm. A must for everyone.

A fantastic moment in Aynokura

Matthieu

Month of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: FRANCE

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

We stayed one night in Goyomon with our two little daughters and it was an unforgettible experience. The house was great and we had a great and delicious lunch. This experience will be a great memory of our journey to Japan.

Authentic experience

Jean

Date of Review: October, 2017

Month of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer:

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Really enjoyed our stay in Ainokura. Very peaceful beautiful surroundings. Authentic japanes food. Large comfortable room. Host very hospitable. Truly majical place. Not to be missed.

Beautiful Stay. Very Peaceful

Shan

Date of Review: September, 2017

Month of Visit: September

Country Of Reviewer: USA

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Beautiful stay. Food was great, as well as the alcohol beverages provided with dinner. Our hostess spoke some English, so we were able to easily communicate. Comfortable. I called Ainokura the \"village in the clouds.\" Appreciated it more than Shirakawa-go because it was so remote.

Can\'t wait to go back!

Micol

Month of Visit: July

Country Of Reviewer: Italy

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

I visited Ainokura with my 9 years old son and we had a great time! The village is really a special place and it is really worth it to spend at least one nigh there. I was worried it would be too difficult to get there without a car, but the bus service from Johana and Shin Takaoka is super efficient. Goyomon is a beautiful old house, very clean, comfortable and full of magic. The owner is nice and kind, and she can speak a little english. The food is awesome! I really can\'t wait to go back!

Lovely stay at Goyomon

William

Month of Visit: May

Country Of Reviewer:

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

My wife and I had a delightful stay at Goyomon in Ainokura. Like some of the previous reviewers we had originally planned to stay at Shirakawa-go but the minshukus there were full. However also like the previous reviewers it worked out for the better as Ainokura is less busy and commercialised. The host at Goyomon was very helpful, friendly and accommodating in arranging an early breakfast for us in order to catch an early bus. The food was plentiful, varied and very tasty. I would happily recommend minshuku Goyomon.

May 2017 at Goyomon

Carol

Month of Visit: May

Country Of Reviewer: USA

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

We stayed for two nights and enjoyed our time. We came much earlier than our check in time, but Hiromi was very accommodating and kind and allowed us to store our bags in our room. She also gave us tea and cookies, both days that we stayed. The setting of the village and inn is idyllic and was a welcome respite from the faster-paced Tokyo. We were provided different meals for each night and they were both tasty. The walls are very thin, so you can hear people from the other rooms and the lights from others go through the walls. Otherwise, the rooms were cosy and the bathroom was clean and spacious. The bathroom is shared, but that never was a problem for us as the inn is small and there were never too many other guests.

Wonderful 2017 stay

Danielle

Month of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer: USA

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

We had an amazing stay at Goyomon. Ainokura is beautiful, and much less touristic than Shirakawa-go. The opportunity to walk around the town in the morning before any buses arrive was very special. The inn was very comfortable and clean, and the innkeepers were extremely friendly and welcoming. Dinner and breakfast were delicious feasts!

Authentic farm stay experience

Dagmar

Month of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer: Japan

Atmosphere Rating - 4

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

Very authentic experience, staying in an old farmhouse in Ainokura. Our host was delightful and the food plentiful. Just have to get used to paper walls adjoining other guest rooms :)

Spring 2017 stay at Goyomon

Benjamin

Month of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer: Canada

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

Although Ainokura was proposed as a backup for Shirakawa-go, after what we briefly saw on the bus route home, we have a hunch that Ainokura was /definitely/ a superior village when it comes to feeling absolutely isolated from society and enjoying a breathtaking scenery surrounded by gigantic snowy mountains. Even though japanese breakfasts need some getting used to, the experience, care taken into the meals and variety of different, unique tastes more than make up for it. Our room was very cozy with wifi, flat screen TV, heating and ample room to set down our stuff. The village itself had enough to keep us busy for the whole day, but I don\'t think staying more than one day would have been a good idea. A short visit is just right. Only scary part are the huge, creepy crawly bugs I spotted on the morning we left on. Thankfully they kept hidden until the very last moment =)

A very authentic experience

Month of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer:

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

Ainokura is a very charming little village very easy to find by bus. Goyomon takes advantage of this and offers the visitor a very authentic experience. The person who took care of us was very attentive and really made an effort to communicate in English or with gestures, although a bit of Japanese makes a big difference. The food is excellent, both the dinner and the breakfast. We slept very well on the futon that was on top of the tatami. The yukata provided were very comfortable too. There were some bugs running around but it was nothing major. We would definitely stay here again.

Charming Village and warm hospitality.

Month of Visit: November

Country Of Reviewer:

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

I loved everything about our visit to Ainokura even though it was cold and raining when we arrived we fell in love with this charming little village! Our hosts at Goyoman were sweet and made so much effort to make us feel at home. They even provided us with a hot water bottle to warm up our beds! The food is lovely and I only wish we had stayed 2 nights instead of 1.

Awesome moment in Gokayama

Month of Visit: December

Country Of Reviewer: Indonesia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

A beautiful and attractive village filled with snow, isolated villages such as separated from the outside world. Stop in a time machine that throws us into a few years ago. We stayed in Goyomon and welcomed by the host with friendly and very helpful. A warm bed, good food, hospitality made to feel at home. Hope someday will be back and stay longer.

Awesome moment in Gokayama

Month of Visit: December

Country Of Reviewer: Indonesia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

A beautiful and attractive village filled with snow, isolated villages such as separated from the outside world. Stop in a time machine that throws us into a few years ago. We stayed in Goyomon and welcomed by the host with friendly and very helpful. A warm bed, good food, hospitality made to feel at home. Hope someday will be back and stay longer.

Fantastic Stay At Goyomon

Month of Visit: February

Country Of Reviewer: Malaysia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 1

My wife and I stayed for two nights at the Goyomon from the 1st of February 2015 to the 3rd. We first want to stay at Shirakawa-go village but due to peak season and the light-up event that day, there were no available accommodations there. With heavy heart we chose to stay at Ainokura village but we were very glad with our decision afterwards. We immediately fell in love with the place as soon we arrive there. Compared to Shirakawa-go, Ainokura is very quiet and peaceful. At Goyomon, we were received great hospitality from our host, Mrs Hiromi. It was very cold during our visit with heavy snow around the Ainokura village but Mrs Hiromi made sure that we were comfortable and warm inside the house. and we love the Food. Mrs Hiromi was also kind enough to send us to Taira Ski Area on our second day which is about 5 minute drive from the village. Overall, we're really pleased and had an unforgettable memory staying at Goyomon. We will definitely come and stay here again in the future.