Deep in the remote mountains of Gifu Prefecture
lies a little village
Its houses are of gasshō-zukuri (合掌造) style
characterized by thatched and steeply slanting roof
resembling two hands joined in a prayer.
The Village of Shirakawa-go has been UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995
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
turn left onto the main street
where you can find household items for 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
We enjoyed our walk with mountain scenery
And more farmhouses in view
It became magical when the snow started to fall
There’s even a restaurant serving fresh river trout along the way
As long as you can get someone to note your presence. Otherwise, the view outside is equally pleasant.
You can also take the walking trail and reach the top in 15 minutes
The entrance is next to a snow field with this farmhouse
and this farmhouse
You won’t miss it because you will see people walking that way
And people in the field taking pictures 🙂