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World Heritage: Shirakawa-go4.8

The Shirakawa-go area, located along a valley in the remote mountains, is best known for its farmhouses with steeply slanted straw roofs. This architecture style, gassho-zukuri ('hand-clasped structure'), is so called because the shape of the roofs resemble the hands of Buddhist monks in prayer. There are over 100 such houses dotting the region with the largest concentration seen in Ogimachi village. This is a heavy snow area and sharply angled roofs prevent snow accumulation. The roofs, ...

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I love this fucking place

I love this fucking place

我喜欢这个地方

VisitedFeb 2016

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We took the first bullet train(shinkansen) from NAGOYA and arrived in Shirakawa-go.

We took the first bullet train(shinkansen) from NAGOYA and arrived in Shirakawa-go.

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I want to go here.

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It was a hot day in summer, but the water of the river was cool and some river fish swimming in the stream made us feel better. The view from the top of the mountain where we took 20min walk was splendid.The old traditional farm house Wa...

It was a hot day in summer, but the water of the river was cool and some river fish swimming in the stream made us feel better. The view from the top of the mountain where we took 20min walk was splendid.The old traditional farm house Wada House gave us good instruction and history of the village.
Visited 2012, 2014

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When I see Gassho-zukuri housing in Shirakawa-go area, I always remember the movie "Witness", mutual cooperative work to build houses in Amish village in Pennsylvania. There is same spirit exists in small Japanese village. ...

When I see Gassho-zukuri housing in Shirakawa-go area, I always remember the movie "Witness", mutual cooperative work to build houses in Amish village in Pennsylvania. There is same spirit exists in small Japanese village.

The village is located near Takayama, Gifu, and it is one of UNESCO's World Heritage, the gassho-zukuri ('hand-clasped structure') architecture style, is so called because the shape of the roofs resemble the hands of Buddhist monks in prayer.

But I have a fear that increasing tourists will harm the charm of the area's simplicity and fundamental Japanese scenery. I don't want too many tourists visit in one time, I want to guide only small group of visitors who love quiet and old traditional Japanese life style. I am looking forward to seeing such people in Shirakawa-go.

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When I see Gassho-zukuri housing in Shirakawa-go area, I always remember the movie "Witness", mutual cooperative work to build houses in Amish village in Pennsylvania. There is same spirit exists in small Japanese village. T...

When I see Gassho-zukuri housing in Shirakawa-go area, I always remember the movie "Witness", mutual cooperative work to build houses in Amish village in Pennsylvania. There is same spirit exists in small Japanese village.

The village is located near Takayama, Gifu, and it is one of UNESCO's World Heritage, the gassho-zukuri ('hand-clasped structure') architecture style, is so called because the shape of the roofs resemble the hands of Buddhist monks in prayer.

But I have a fear that increasing tourists will harm the charm of the area's simplicity and fundamental Japanese scenery. I don't want too many tourists visit in one time, I want to guide only small group of visitors who love quiet and old traditional Japanese life style. I am looking forward to seeing such people in Shirakawa-go.

VisitedDec 2013

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