Shirakawago is the small Gassho Zukuri village located at the foot of mountains in northwestern Gifu Prefecture. 114 thatched roof stand together in the village. The village itself was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. Here is very popular because visitors can feel as if in the world of some fairly tail. Especially, winter is the most popular season due to the fantastic scenery with snow.
The whole view of Shirakawago village can be seen from this observatory. Although you can walk up there, a shuttle bus is also available from the village.
Minshuku (Farmhouse stay)
An overnight stay at one of gassho-zukuri farmhouses is a highly recommended experience, as it is a great way to experience a traditional Japanese family home and get more intimate with gassho-zukuri buildings.
The illuminated village covered with snow is such a fantastic view so that lots of people from all over the world visit here in winter to see the beautiful view.
Ogimachi is the largest village and main attraction of Shirakawago and listed in the World Heritage site. The village is home to several dozen well preserved gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old.
There are some onsens in the village. At Shirakawago no Yu, taking an Onsen is available without stay. A foot bathing in front of the entrance can be enjoyed for free.
Shirakawa Hachiman Shrine
This shrine is located inside the village. Many of local people visit here every morning. Because Shirakawago is said to be the spot of some Japanese animation, there are many votive pictures with its character.
Freshwater fish cuisine
Shirakawago area regular sightseeing bus
World Heritage Trip to visit the historical village and Shirakawa-go
Higher class comfortable bus trip with a guide introducing the latest topics not listed in a guidebook: the attraction of world heritage and how to spend there, Hida local food and dialect.
Ride without booking may be possible if there are any available seats left).