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
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5.0in the last week
This mountain village is a gem! Once a samurai village. Peaceful. Thatch roofs, carp in the streets. Very cool experience. Take time to walk to foot bridge. Hope to see it one winter.
5.0in the last week
Very nice old town. Hope can see this during winter snow time and festive day. Satisfied by the fresh vegetables for lunch. Hida beef croquet was great snack! Thank you.
5.0a month ago
I definitely recommend going at least once if you are into nature or just to get out of the busy city life. Two days is enough to get a feel for the area and just relax in the mountains. A lot of people want to go in the winter but summer/fall is the best season in my opinion.
3.02 weeks ago
It's a village with traditional houses that have traditional thick straw-type roofs with gravel alleys and small paddy fields. To visit inside the houses you'll need to pay a fee (¥300, in my case). No rubbish bins are provided on the grounds so you will have to take your trash/waste back with you.
5.0a week ago
Love it, beautiful scenery, even in the rain! But loads of people. Very quiet and nice. Gift shops are average price. Only need a day to visit. It's not very big.
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