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Toyama Castle471 views
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Modeled after Chinese temple architecture common during the Kamkura Period, the temple layout is said to resemble the human body, with the head at the top on this map. Three temple buildings were designated as National Treasures in 1997.442 views
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Looks like Suganuma, another village in Gokayama area.424 views
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Ainokura400 views
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Ainokura391 views
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Scenery along the way to Ainokura from Shirakawa-go.377 views
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Toyama Castle 富山城368 views
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Spare thatch, Ainokura343 views
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Sculpture along a shopping street328 views
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Entry road to Ainokura village. Bus stop shelter on right.311 views
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View of Ainokura from a hill311 views
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View of Ainokura306 views
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What you see first is a big parking lot for tour buses. Then you see the hordes of tourists.290 views
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Center of Ainokura and souvenir shop.288 views
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Way to Ainokura.275 views
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Bird's eye view of Ainokura 相倉展望台273 views
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Inside Ainokura Folk Museum No. 1268 views
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Toyama Castle268 views
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Ainokura monument263 views
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Inside Ainokura Folk Museum No. 1253 views
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The Takaoka Daibutsu stands 15.85 meters high, weighing 65 tons. Japan's largest copper statue. Takaoka, Toyama246 views
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Center of Ainokura238 views
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Inside Ainokura Folk Museum No. 2230 views
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Johana Station230 views
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Inside Ainokura Folk Museum No. 1228 views
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Road sign showing way to Ainokura.225 views
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Ainenji temple 相念寺218 views
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Ainokura is smaller than Shirakawa-go, but still tourist-driven.217 views
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Hair pins213 views
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Snow outfit212 views
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Souvenir of Ainokura211 views
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Snow coat made of straw.210 views
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Zuiryuji's Sanmon Gate, a National Treasure. The original Sanmon Gate was built in 1645, but was lost in a fire in 1746. The present gate was built in 1820. 山門206 views
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Gassho hari204 views
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Zuiryuji Temple is a 10-min. walk from the south side of JR Takaoka Station. This is the white stone path (called Hatcho-michi 八丁道) leading to the temple. Go in the opposite direction to reach Lord Maeda Toshinaga's grave.204 views
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Shrine202 views
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Silk-making implements201 views
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Gassho Storehouse 合掌小屋造り199 views
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Thatched roofs191 views
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Roof peg190 views
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Kimono190 views
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Shrine torii186 views
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Zuiryuji Butsuden Hall was built in 1659. The roof has lead plates. A magnificent example of Zen architecture. Takaoka, Toyama.180 views
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These pictures were taken in the fall.179 views
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Ainokura Folk Museum No. 2 南砺市相倉民俗館2号館176 viewsExhibits related to the traditional industries of Ainokura such as gunpowder manufacturing and washi paper making.
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Traditional musical instruments.174 views
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Shrine172 views
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Monument commemorating the marriage of Crown Prince Hiro (right) and birth of Princess Aiko (left)172 views
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Maeda Toshinaga, the 2nd lord of the Kaga domain and founder of Takaoka172 views
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Ainokura Folk Museum No. 1 南砺市相倉民俗館1号館169 viewsExhibits related to life in Ainokura and the gassho-zukuri houses.

Ainokura Folk Museum 南砺市相倉民俗館
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Sculpture in front of Takaoka Station (north side)168 views
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Washi paper166 views
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Implements for making gunpowder used in matchlock guns.166 views
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Spare thatch165 views
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Monument in the center of Ainokura.164 views
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Left side was recently reroofed.163 views
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Looks traditional on the outside, but modern on the inside.159 views
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Restrooms159 views
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Ainokura Folk Museum No. 1159 views
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Zuiryuji temple's Hatto is the temple's main worship hall built in 1657. A National Treasure. Takaoka, Toyama. 法堂156 views
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Thatched roof and persimmon tree154 views
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Fire hydrant154 views
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Grave of Lord Maeda Toshinaga is surrounded by a moat (which we cannot cross). The monument stands 11 meters high. The grave is one of Japan's largest for a feudal lord. 前田利長墓所152 views
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Path to gravesite139 views
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Pass through the Somon Gate and you see the Sanmon Gate flanked by two corridors. In front is a plaza of pebbles. 山門129 views
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Entrance to the gravesite of Lord Maeda Toshinaga, about 870 meters away from Zuiryuji. (Maeda Toshinaga Bosho 前田利長墓所)128 views
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One of Japan's three Big Buddhas (after Nara and Kamakura). The statue was built by local coppersmiths in 1932, taking 30 years to complete.123 views
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Sanmon Gate117 views
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Statue of Maeda Toshinaga, the 2nd lord of the Kaga domain and founder of Takaoka. The Hatcho-michi path is also lined with numerous pine trees, cherry trees, and 54 stone lanterns. It is 870 meters long between Zuiryuji and Lord Toshinaga's gravesite111 views
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After passing through Sanmon Gate, you see the Butsuden Hall, another National Treasure. 仏殿111 views
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Temple admission is 500 yen for adults. First you see the Somon Gate which is an Important Cultural Property. 総門109 views
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Reconstructed in 1954, modeled after Hikone and Inuyama Castles. Renovated in Nov. 2005.106 views
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Passing through Sanmon Gate103 views
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Meditation seats inside Zendo Hall103 views
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Butsuden Hall100 views
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Meditation seats inside Zendo Hall100 views
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Toyama Castle tower98 views
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Belonging to the Soto sect of Zen Buddhism, the temple is dedicated to Maeda Toshinaga, the 2nd lord of the Kaga domain and founder of Takaoka. The temple has three buildings designated as National Treasures.98 views
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Inside Butsuden Hall 仏殿98 views
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The high, open ceiling made of wood is most impressive even to the layman.95 views
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Butsuden Hall95 views
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Hatto Hall, where you take off your shoes.95 views
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View from Toyama Castle tower94 views
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Sekibyo graves where the partial remains of Lords Maeda Toshinaga and Toshiie and even Oda Nobunaga are buried. 石廟93 views
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Inside Zendo Hall93 views
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Corridor wall ornament93 views
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Inside Toyama Castle tower92 views
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Corridor from Zendo Hall to Hatto Hall92 views
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Minor altar in Hatto Hall92 views
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Ceiling tiles with flower paintings by Kano Yasunobu in Hatto Hall92 views
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Rear view of Butsuden Hall91 views
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Inside Hatto Hall91 views
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Corner view of Butsuden Hall90 views
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On the left of the Butsuden is Zendo Hall for zazen meditation training as well as for eating and sleeping for priests. The building is an Important Cultural Property. 禅堂90 views
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Corridor connected to Sanmon Gate90 views
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Castle tower (local history museum) admission is 210 yen. 富山市郷土博物館89 views
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Butsuden Hall89 views
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Ceiling of Butsuden Hall89 views
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Top floor of castle tower88 views
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Balcony of Toyama Castle tower88 views
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Balcony of Toyama Castle tower88 views
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Altar inside Hatto Hall88 views
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Butsuden Hall87 views
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Corridor connecting the Sanmon Gate and Zendo Hall.87 views
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View of Butsuden and Sanmon Gate87 views
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Hatto Hall87 views
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Hatto Hall87 views
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Side view of Butsuden Hall86 views
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On the right of the Butsuden is the Oguri Hall which has kitchen and temple office facilities. The building is an Important Cultural Property. 大庫裏86 views
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Hatto Hall86 views
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Hatto Hall86 views
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Inside the Daisado Tea Room 大茶堂86 views
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Butsuden Hall85 views
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Room in Hatto Hall85 views
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Butsuden Hall84 views
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Hatto Hall 法堂84 views
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Stone lantern84 views
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In fall 2007, it underwent major renovation.84 views
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Hatto Hall83 views
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Butsuden Hall82 views
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Corridor and Sanmon Gate81 views
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Inside the Daisado Tea Room which is to the right of the Hatto. Important Cultural Property. 大茶堂80 views
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Kitchen in Oguri Hall79 views
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Rear of Sanmon Gate as seen from the Butsuden79 views
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Bell tower behind the corridor78 views
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Sanmon and Butsuden77 views
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JR Takaoka Station (north side) 高岡駅77 views
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Shopping street near Takaoka Station77 views
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Corridor75 views
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Corridor from Hatto Hall to Oguri Hall74 views
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JR Takaoka Station (south side)73 views
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In front of JR Takaoka Station (north side)67 views
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Inside Takaoka Station passage66 views
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Sculpture in front of Takaoka Station (north side)64 views
   
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