Shirakawa-go

Sightseeing information about Shirakawa-go in Japan.

World Heritage: Shirakawa-go4.8

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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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5.0in the last week

Coming in from Osaka, this place was a bit of a challenge to get to but then again we managed to pull it off. Thankfully we got to visit it on a good weather. The place is truly fantastic. Something that we really wanted to see and experience in our life. Thank God we managed to experience it. Make sure to go up the viewing deck to see the beauty of the town.

4.03 weeks ago

Very cool, fantastic views from just about anywhere. Worth staying a day or two to take it all in. Stretching rice fields, beautifully misty mountains and wonderful old houses.
Museums are skippable unless you're specifically into what they're about, especially the historical village museum since its the same as the rest of the town. There is a limited selection of shops: many souvenir shops, several restaurants, a couple of ice cream shops and then that's it. Still, very much recommended.

3.0a month ago

The houses are really cute, but in the end they're only just souvenir shops. I did buy some nice souvenirs though and there's some nice places for lunch. Beautiful surroundings when you walk a bit further then the village itself. Very nice for a short break between bus rides!

3.0a week ago

It wasn't as green as you think.
Shuttle bus up to the view point is bit useless since you have to walk quite a distance from the car park to the shuttle bus area where you can easily walk up to the view point.
To explore the town, you have to walk a lot so it is recommended that you wear proper shoes and bring water along. You may bring handkerchief to wipe your sweat.

5.0a week ago

Very nice view from observatory. Green every where on Summer July 05, 2018. Quite, beautiful & natural village. There are Koi fishes swimming in a clear gutter. Rain from morning till afternoon. Love it anyway.

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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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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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