Shirakawa-go

Deep in the remote mountains of Gifu Prefecture

mountain

lies a little village

village

Its houses are of gasshō-zukuri (合掌造) style
house

characterized by thatched and steeply slanting roof

roof

resembling two hands joined in a prayer.

prayer

The Village of Shirakawa-go has been UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995

Village

The best way to get there is by car or by bus from Toyama, Takayama or Kanazawa.

Leaving the bus station behind, cross a long foot bridge

bridge

turn left onto the main street

main street

where you can find household items for souvenirs

souvenirs

For bird’s eye views of the village, head to the hilltop overlook (click the photo to enlarge)

You can either take the bus or walk

walk

We enjoyed our walk with mountain scenery

scenery

And more farmhouses in view

farmhouse

It became magical when the snow started to fall

snowfall

There’s even a restaurant serving fresh river trout along the way

trout

As long as you can get someone to note your presence. Otherwise, the view outside is equally pleasant.

trout

You can also take the walking trail and reach the top in 15 minutes

trail

The entrance is next to a snow field with this farmhouse

entrance

and this farmhouse

farmhouse

You won’t miss it because you will see people walking that way

ice

And people in the field taking pictures 🙂

field

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10 thoughts on “Shirakawa-go

  1. This place seems to be such a wonderful place. I’m regretting not including it to itinerary of my trip to Japan last year.

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  2. Japan looks fantastic. Can’t believe I missed all the Japan posts. Really love all the snow shots and the monkeys too. I know some people that hate traveling in winter because it’s too cold. We like winter and when you wear the right clothing, it’s enjoyable. Snow makes it more fun.

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