Shirakawa-go

Sightseeing information about Shirakawa-go in Japan.


World Heritage: Shirakawa-go4.8

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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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4.0a week ago

A cool place to visit to get an idea about traditional Japanese building techniques. You have to pay a small fee to enter each house, but they have a few informative and interesting videos playing, and you can often explore most of the first, second, and sometimes third floors, where there are more exhibits about the construction, use, or daily life in these houses. Also, don't forget to eat some Hida beef!

5.02 weeks ago

This place is so beautiful throughout the years. In winter it’s the thick white snow. In summers it’s the vibrant colours of the valley. The ancient houses that is protected as it’s wold heritage listed and surprising to know that people actually live in these ancient houses. You can also book some of them for your stay

4.0a week ago

Snow covered Japanese village that transport you back in time. If not for the bus loads of tourists and their noisy chatter, it would be a quaint little village to take a nice stroll. Beef cooked magnolia leaves are a local delicacy and a must have for sure.

5.02 weeks ago

What more can you ask for.....a Smurf village in real life. A lot of heritage "Smurf" like "straw" roof top housing available for booking. Incredible experience to spend a night or 2 in the valley of central japan. If able to stay overnight in one of the heritage housing the food prepare by the host will be a great experience of real authentic Japanese cuisine. A must visit for those who are looking for an authentic experience right in the central japan.

5.0a month ago

Beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site nestled 1000meter up in the Gifu Alps. Beautiful year round. Blooming cherry trees in spring, beautiful green forest and flowers in summer, autumn leaves in the Fall, and a snow wonderland in winter. Plenty of parking and free shuttle bus from parking lots. Great food, lots to see and do. Museums and Historical information in 6 languages. Walking touring delight! Clean and comfortable public toilet facilities. And most of all...Friendly people❣️

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VisitedFeb 2016

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We took the first bullet train(shinkansen) from NAGOYA and arrived in Shirakawa-go.

We took the first bullet train(shinkansen) from NAGOYA and arrived in Shirakawa-go.

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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

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