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.
Purposeelderly,that you'll never forget,world heritage,sightseeing,major
Airport/Sta.Toyama Airport (about 50.2km) Google Transit
We guide this spot.
4.02 weeks ago
Nice opportunity to see some old style buildings that are still being actively used and lived in. It’s too bad that some other more modern architecture is also mixed in.
It can be fairly crowded with tours, so you may be unlikely to get pristine views of the area without tourists.
There’s a nice footbridge to cross from the main parking lot into the small community.
4.03 weeks ago
Zen place, and quite nice to walk around if you are interested in Japanese architecture. Wouldn't recommend spending more than a couple of hours. Make sure you have your travel plans sorted out as there are only s few buses to and fro and may be fully booked. There are some first come first serve buses ( we were able to get on them fairly easily ).
5.0a week ago
Top notch tourist attraction that is a must visit for all regular visitors of Japan. Whether it be in winter or summer the views and sights are amazing. Choose one of the houses to visit in or if you’re feeling rich visit them all. Watch out for tour and student groups. For the lookout you can either drive up or walk up. Driving is recommended if you have a car. Otherwise there are also paid shuttle buses that go up.
5.0in the last week
I would recommend you to stay one night at Shirakawa-go and come on winter. It has breathtaking views... I even get to experience snow falls when i was there. It was an amazing experience since I live on tropical island. And of course it was freezing but it's all worth it.
5.0a month ago
Very beautiful village with amazing scenery. Interesting to see and learn about the history of this village. There are souvenirs and foodstuffs sold here. Got to try the ice-cream with sake. The water from the mountain tastes refreshing. Even the water that flows along the drains are crystal clear with big fishes swimming in it. Worth visiting even though crowded
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