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
We guide this spot.
5.0a week ago
A dive into the living history of Japan. Unesco heritage, has an incredible atmosphere of peace and a really interesting look.
5.0in the last week
The place is far from busy city life. They keep their neighbourhood intact. Shooping street offer local foods. Tourist information center very helpful.
5.0in the last week
Iconic farmhouses in Japan. A bit touristy. Definitely worth a visit.
4.0a week ago
Decided to visit, about an hour drive from Takayama. Parking was full and was redirected to another parking site towards the end of the village, which we needed to pay for parking. Very busy and touristic, would be better to visit people at time when lesser people for better appreciation. The roofs at the village are thick and is simply breathtaking. There’s also restaurants along the main stretch across the village. Expect a queue. We may consider visiting Gokoyama the next time as it is supposed to be less touristic.
4.08 months ago
A great place for a morning walk with a great view of mountains and traditional village houses. Stop by the little food stalls as you walked around the village and be surprise with the great taste they offer. Go up the observation deck for a top down view of the whole village.
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