A compact hill village with a nucleated centre lies at 560 m a.s.l. in a sunny location at the foot of the Straža hill (630 m a.s.l.). Based on the origin of its name, one can assume that a maple forest once dominated here. There are many forested areas here even today, and the extracted arable land and meadows resulted from the efforts of several generations of people from Javorje. Farming and craftwork were the prevailing activities even before World War II. Farmers would grow buckwheat, wheat, barley, flax and vines. As far as fruit is concerned, apples, pears and plums were mostly grown. They used apples to produce fruit brandy, and plums and pears for spirit production. Today, intensive arable livestock farming prevails.