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.
4.0in the last week
Very scenic destination. A real community living there but some buildings are open for touring. Good for strolling around and gift shops. Some people had audio toys but unclear where they got them. They would be worthwhile in a place like this.
5.0in the last week
A great place to spend your day. To enjoy this nice old village. They also have nice stores such as souvenir store, ice cream store, coffee shop, etc. I wish I can visit the village in the winter time.
5.04 weeks ago
One of the Japanese Experiences!
Definitely stay in a Ryokan (traditional Japanese Hostel) for the full experience. At daytime the streets are busy filled with tourists. Nevertheless the atmosphere of this old village is unique. Nature lovers will like it and urban people will relax.
5.02 months ago
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.
2.03 weeks ago
Although it is listed as an UNESCO World Heritage site, it is getting too commercial and some house owners converted their places to an admission fee exhibits. In fact, thatched roof houses are scattered around the village with other uncharacterized houses that is quite different from my expectation to be a well preserved village. My visit was mid August summer time, perhaps the scenery in winter might look different.
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