[ World Heritage “Shirakawa-go” / Gifu ]

"Gassho" style houses in winter

“Shirakawa-go” is the major tourist spot where historical village houses are found.
It is located in the mountainous area in the Gifu Prefecture. Shirakawa-go is also declared as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995.

The most symbolic representation of the Shirakawa-go are the “Gassho” style houses located in the village.
Some of the “Gassho” style houses in the village are preserved at their original location in their original state 250 years ago.
It is pretty amazing how such historical architectures still exists, which is why hundreds and thousands of tourists pay a visit to this village every year.

Tourists can take pictures of this historical village while having couple treats for themselves.
There also buses which runs from the village to the top of a mountain where you can have a good overview of the entire village.

The best way to enjoy Shirakawa-go will be to spend a night at the hostel in the village!
However, as it is not always easy to make the reservation there, I also recommend staying at the hot spring hotel close to the village.

The best seasons to visit Shirakawa-go would be either in autumn or winter.
In autumn, you could walk around the old streets while enjoying the autumn leaves.
Whereas in winter, you can enjoy the light up show and see the entire village covered in snow.

If you have time and will like to spend more time walking around these traditional houses alone, you could also try heading to the “Gokayama” area which is a little more difficult to access but less crowded.

[ Information ] Shirakawa-go
2495-3 Ogimachi, Shirakawa-mura, Ono-gun, Gifu
■TEL: +81-5769-6-1013
■URL: http://shirakawa-go.org/en/
■Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shirakawamuratsushin
About 50 minutes by bus from JR “Takayama” station
About 3 hours by bus from “Meitetsu Bus Center” (near JR “Nagoya” station)

Gasshozuruki Minkaen (Museum)
April ~ November 8:40~17:00 / Open 7 days a week
March 8:40~17:00 / Closed on Thursdays*
December ~ February 9:00~16:00 / Closed on Thursdays*
*Closed on Wednesday if Thursday falls on a public holiday

■Admission Fees:
Adult 600yen / Child 400yen
2499 Ogimachi, Shirakawa-mura, Ono-gun, Gifu
■TEL: +81-5769-6-1231
■URL: http://www.shirakawago-minkaen.jp/english/admin/

overview of the entire village from the top of a mountain  Tourists can take pictures