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.
4.0a month ago
Decided to visit after all the great write up and recommendations. We made the trek from Tokyo. It was a 2D1N trip. Nice to see how the houses were built and still stand the test of time. Would have loved to see them snow covered but alas the weather was too kind on us. We had perfect sunny weather all throughout! :)
4.02 months ago
Loved the country and this village in particular. Interesting construction and history. Had the opportunity to dine with a local family. Family was here for 6 generations. Food was excellent. Dining is an art, many rules and rituals involved. All revere their and respect their elders.
5.0a month ago
Care to pack as much living history as possible into one visit? This is the place. All of the houses are lived in and everyone seems to know how to handcraft everything in their stores. I wish I had gotten more souvenirs here. It's hard to get to, so make sure you have enough time put on the side to enjoy the sites. Most places close at 5PM, so earlier is better.
4.02 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.
5.02 weeks ago
The reason we came to Gifu Prefecture! It was absolutely adorable and so picturesque, even in the muddy season. I wish we had gotten snow but it was still lovely. I’m sure any season in this village is just magical. Lovely views on the drive and of the surrounding mountains. Highly recommend!
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