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
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.
4.03 weeks 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.
5.0a week ago
A must visit place! This small village's houses are very unique, the material the use to build the house are all from nature. As they still burnt wood for heating in the winter, houses are easily caught fire. Therefore, there's a small drain that runs through the front of every house.
5.0a month ago
The postcards and photos can't quite prepare you for how breathtaking the whole village is. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is worth a visit. If you can, skip the tours, which only allot an hour, and go to the village yourself by bus so you can take your time to explore. The best time to visit is in the autumn, IMO.
4.0in the last week
Went with my family on 29 Dec. We had a good time. Took very nice photos. Is worth visiting. Our tour inclusive of a traditional lunch in Shirakawa-go.
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