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Address: Izumimachi, Yatsushiro, Kumamoto Prefecture
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+81 965-67-2111

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A wonderful, authentic japanese countryside

We have been there, because we got the hint from some other travelers on the internet. And we also got the hint to meet Shingo Hashizaki. He became our guide there and picked us... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 September 2016
Berlin, Germany
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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

We have been there, because we got the hint from some other travelers on the internet. And we also got the hint to meet Shingo Hashizaki. He became our guide there and picked us up at the ryokan in Hitiyoshi. We contacted him before we started in our home country. He is an official guide and works for the tourism... More 

Thank hauro-no
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2015 via mobile

We stayed only one night at Gokanosho. We visited the Umenoki waterfall and suspension bridge and twin bridges, also the Heike Jinja Museum; which provided the background and history of the Gokanosho. The scenery is incredibly beautiful and quiet. We did not see any tourists during our entire stay. The most memorable part is the hostel Heikeso. We stayed in... More 

3 Thank Ultraimj
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32 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2014

五家の荘, Gokanosho, is a group of 5 villages located deep in the mountains of the Kyushu Sanchi Highlands Quasi National Park. Roads didn't reach the area until 1959 and electricity just a few years later, so it's possibly the most remote region of Japan. Fugitives from the Minamoto clan that came into this area after their defeat at the battle... More 

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Coffs Harbour
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

Gokanosho is such a contrast from the busy streets and malls of Osaka, where we started our trip. A 2-3 hour drive up the scenic road from Kumamoto, the mountainous region has so much to offer. There are hiking paths, waterfalls, suspension bridges, and a museum conveying the history of the region. Our group traveled with a guide who made... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2014

I traveled to Gokanosho with a group and stayed in Yameme-so Minshuku (which has Wifi, and hosts to have a drink with!), Sakura-so Minshuku (stunning rooms, and rich history), and Heike-so Minshuku (secluded and breathtakingly beautiful) . All three accommodation was suburb! You get to experience the traditional Japanese lifestyle. Each of our hosts went above and beyond to make... More 

2 Thank Courtney O
Yatsushiro, Japan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2010

Gokanosho, it means "five-families' shires" if you translate it literally. In 1185, the Heian era, Heike's forces were defeated by Genji at Dannoura. A general named Kiyotsune Taira was thought to be dead but the tradition says he was not. He kept running away from Genji and soon he arrived in Bungo, Kyusyu where Ogata rules. He got married to... More 

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