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.
5.04 months ago
Beautiful place to spend the day. Pretty easy to reach via the bus system or by car. The entire area is walkable after you park your car. If you come in the wintertime and stay in the area overnight, you can experience seeing the houses lit up at night.
5.0in the last week
Great time of the year to visit if you like rice fields. Though quite commercialized, it still has a slow pace farm village vibe to it. Probably also because there aren't many tourists at the moment.
Bus schedule is quite sparse, so do plan ahead how long you plan to stay. We spent about 4 hours here strolling around, taking photos, ate lunch, and just relax and enjoy the atmosphere. Can probably see the whole place in 2 hours if really in a hurry, but I recommend spending longer, grab lunch/coffee/tea/desserts if you have time.
Also, amazing that there is a rest house maintained by the locals if you need a shaded place to take a break, which is pretty cool.
5.0a month ago
Beautiful, neat traditional village. Easily reachable by a 1.5hr bus ride from nearby cities. There are coin lockers to store your baggage before you explore. The traditional houses look stunning! Definitely should’ve went during the snowy season tho, we went in January and it already stopped snowing there. Make sure to check the weather before going!
4.07 months ago
Beautiful and charming place ... It can be visited and enjoyed throughout the year, as its beauty is charming in any season.
During the winter, it is beautiful to see the snow. For those who want to go this time of year, it is good to go with snow tires and well equipped with warm clothes, as the cold is intense.
In summer, ideal is to use plenty of sunscreen and a cap because the sun is very hot ...
Even so, the landscape, the history of the place and its natural beauty are very worthwhile!!!!1
5.05 months ago
It is amazing place. Walk around village, take a bus to the top of mountain.
Find Japanese local food, stay for a night in winter.
Easy to go. Traveling by JR Pass is more convenient.
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