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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Airport/Sta.Toyama Airport (about 50.2km) Google Transit
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3.02 weeks ago
I went here in summer so it's not the best time to experience the village famous for its snow-colored scenery. I had fun but nothing really spectacular. Would love to return next winter.
5.0in the last week
The best place to visit in Japan. I visited this place last winter. Sun was shining and the snow were still freezing. The architecture is made and maintained together by villagers. This village is beauty in every way.
5.02 weeks ago
Come for a picturesque Japanese traditional village. It’s amazing to see with your own eyes, magical. Recommend to get a tour for exclusive photo taking spot and some genuine Japanese lunch.
4.0a week ago
Simply beautiful village with gorgeous houses and architecture. The view from the top of the village is amazing and this is definitely a great tourist destination. Not many food choices but many souvenirs to buy.
5.03 weeks ago
Beautiful Japanese village with some historical places and some house opened to visit ( with museums inside). Fine example of past time and beautiful views. Do not forget to get to the view point which is at the top of the hill behind bus station. Many souvenir shops and restaurants. You can also find very similar villages within 30 miles radius and get similar experience with less tourists but also less accessible... Absolutely fantastic place to visit.
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