Located in a mountainous region that was cut off
from the rest of the world for a long period of time, these villages
with their Gassho-style houses subsisted on the cultivation of mulberry
trees and the rearing of silkworms. The large houses with their steeply
pitched thatched roofs are the only examples of their kind in Japan.
Despite economic upheavals, the villages of Ogimachi, Ainokura and
Suganuma are outstanding examples of a traditional way of life perfectly
adapted to the environment and people's social and economic