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.
5.02 weeks ago
It takes a while to get here. We had to take a bus for several hours but it's worth it.
Wonderfully preserved. The work that goes into keeping this place pristine is remarkable. The view from the top is amazing. The walk up is a nice experience as well. Looks much better in person. And looking at the photographs across the different seasons it seems like it's that way all year round.
The disadvantage of taking the bus is that you only have a limited amount of time. There are supposedly some houses that you can stay in but it's quite expensive.
5.03 weeks ago
Stunning. You look up the definition/qualifier for UNESCO heritage site and "irreplaceable treasure" is exactly what Shirakawa-go is. We went in autumn and I was blown away. Photography here requires no skill on a good day. Everything is gorgeous. Recommend to stay at least one night so you can experience the place after all the day trippers are gone.
5.0a month ago
This village is a must if you are anywhere in the Alps of Japan. It is entirely walk able and it the roofs of the home are designed to survive the heavy winters in the area. We were there a full day with a guide and I highly recommend you visit the area with someone knowledgeable about the area. It rained the entire time we were there and it gave the village and my photos the look I wanted to capture.
5.02 weeks ago
My first time here. Not the best season not fully change of the color but beautiful as it is. Pass over 100 years but remain good old things from old days. I'll be back.
5.0a month ago
One of the World Heritage sites where thatched village is preserved for future generations. Actual homes, museums, restaurants & gift shops. Amazing & architecturally beautiful. Temple with the bell tower is in the back portion of the area. Can be easily walked but a bit more challenging for those in wheelchairs but it can be done
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