The photographs of little villages hidden in the Japanese Alps does a good job of selling this place for the visitors. It does take a certain determination to see Unesco awarded Gokayama and Shirakawago villages as these places are off the beaten track.
But it is totally worth it to take 3-4 hours bus and train connections from Kanazawa and see what the fuss is all about. Take a look at the Japanese Alps in summer:
and then we tried hitchhiking with an iPad
Until the bus arrived and took us to Shirakawago