Iwase Gassho Style House

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Iwase Gassho Style House

The Iwase House is a house located in Nanto, Toyama Prefecture. It was built over a period of 8 years during the Edo period by Fuji-cho Emon. It is a 5 floor house, the largest among its kind in the Gokayama and Shirakawa areas. Until the Meiji Era it is said a family of 35 people lived here, and in 1958 it was designated as important cultural property. Some of the rooms are available to visit where you can see the rooms for harvesting silkworms, part of the local industry of Gokayama, and there is also the Tonosama-Beya that carries vestiges of the Edo era at that time. Tonosama-beya is a study of the feudal lord and in the back there is also a guardroom. When you visit the house you can have a guide explain it to you, and you can also see the large roof and hear about the various different characteristics of the house as well.


To get to the Iwase House using public transport, take the JR Johana Line to Johana Station (城端駅) . From there you can take the Kaetsunou bus bound for Gokayama and Shirakawa, and get off at the Nishiakao stop (西赤尾). By car, take the Tokuriku Hokai to Gokayama IC (五箇山IC). Free parking available for 25 cars.

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Sights Iwase Gassho Style House (岩瀬家住宅)
Address 857-1 Nishiakaomachi, Nanto, Toyama Prefecture 939-1977, Japan
Phone / Fax Phone: 0763-67-3338 / Fax: 0763-67-3338
Duration 1Hour(s)
Business Hours Monday:08:00-17:00
Closed dates 7 days open
Admission Fee Pay admission: 300yen
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Groups Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

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