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.
Purposeelderly,that you'll never forget,world heritage,sightseeing,major
Airport/Sta.Toyama Airport (about 50.2km) Google Transit
We guide this spot.
5.03 weeks ago
Quaint little village. Gets really crowded during the day as heaps of tours buses roll in. I would recommend if you have the time to do a farmhouse stay overnight. The town is completely different once all the day trippers head home. Small village and can get through about all the attraction in a few hours.
5.0a week ago
Been dreaming of coming to this place since forever, Shirakawa-gō, UNESCO world heritage village. Though I believe it’ll be even more beautiful in January, with thick snow covers all over the place and the lights up, but I’m very much appreciating what I have in front of me now. The weather is just perfect, not too cold and not too hot. Just chilling around 5-10 degree during day time. The air is very fresh and the food is just amazing.
5.0a month ago
Love this place so much! As one of the UNESCO World Heritage, Shirakawa-go was, indeed, beautiful. The view from up top the viewing point was breathtaking and worthy of taking a hundred pictures. Something about the housing arrangements made it looked effortlessly aesthetic. The food was also great. Be sure to book the bus ticket way ahead if you're planning to visit on winter.
5.03 weeks ago
This is a quiet and we'll preserved Japan's old village that might travel you back to the past.
Can't explain with words.
It's a very unique experience.
5.0a week ago
There is nothing like this place, deep history and authentic village lifestyle, above all the old school Japanese hospitality. Every street has it's own sparkling river canal and summer food gardens
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