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, created without nails, provide a large attic space, which used to be a venue of silkworm cultivation. Some large houses are of three or four stories and date back to the 18th century. Due to the construction of a dam in the early 1960, four villages with 250 gassho-zukuri houses are now under water.
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5.0a month ago
Beautiful world heritage village. They built it in very particular way just so the house can take on heavy snow. If you come visit during winter you will see why it built the way it is. The while town will also be covered in snow, also the whole mountain. You can walk up the top of the hill then the best view there is the whole village itself. If travel from takayama it's about an hour on buses if you don't drive. If travel from Nagoya which most people do. It's 2-3 hours on train then another hour bus so it's quite a trip. Better if you book a reserve bus seat so you know you will get on a bus, sometime the like is long, and the next bus not coming till the next half an hour.
5.0in the last week
I can’t describe how amazing here is.
Just visit here you will know.
4.05 months ago
Decided to visit after all the great write up and recommendations. We made the trek from Tokyo. It was a 2D1N trip. Nice to see how the houses were built and still stand the test of time. Would have loved to see them snow covered but alas the weather was too kind on us. We had perfect sunny weather all throughout! :)
5.03 months ago
Beautiful landscape and extremely picturesque. Never intend to visit but was swayed by a friend who has been here. The houses were very historical and they did not use any nails in the structure of the houses. Great engineering!
5.05 months ago
A beautiful little town nestled among the hills particularly good if there has been fresh snow. Plenty of small coffee shops and places to eat and plenty of beautiful old buildings to photograph. A must see.
Spot Reviews (6)
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