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Domo arigato.
  • Shirakawago Village Gassho-Zukuri Farmhouses

  • Shirakawago Village Sign Gassho-Zukuri Farmhouses

  • Shirakawago Village

  • Shirakawago Village Gassho-Zukuri Farmhouses

  • Shirakawago Village Gassho-Zukuri Farmhouses

  • Shirakawago Village Gassho-Zukuri Farmhouses

  • Shirakawago Village Rice Field

  • Shirakawago Village Gassho-Zukuri Farmhouses

  • Shirakawago Village Attic Of An Gassho-Zukuri Farmhouse

  • Shirakawago Village Attic Of An Gassho-Zukuri Farmhouse

  • Shirakawago Village Roof-Rethatching Of An Gassho-Zukuri Farmhouse

  • Shirakawago Village Gassho-Zukuri Farmhouses

  • Shirakawago Village Koi Fish Pond

  • Shirakawago Village Gassho-Zukuri Farmhouses

  • Shirakawago Village Gassho-Zukuri Farmhouses

  • Shirakawago Village Gassho-Zukuri Farmhouses

  • Shirakawago Bridge to Gassho-Zukuri Farmhouses

  • Shirakawago Shokawa River

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Facts & Figures

Shirakawa-go is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995 (the 6th World Heritage in Japan). The place is famous for the Gassho-zukuri farmhouses. The word Gassho-zukuri comes from "constructed like hands in prayer" and is describing the typical roof shape of these houses.

History

Most of the Gassho-zukuri houses were built about 200-300 years ago. The number of these unique houses is 114 and app. 600 people still living there.

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Shirakawa-go is located at the foot of Mount Haku-san in the northwestern part of the Gifu Prefecture.

How to get to Shirakawa-go?

  • 1hr from Takayama to Shirakawa-go by Nohi Bus

Sightseeing spots

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Ogimachi - the main attraction and largest village of Shirakawa-go

Shiroyama Viewpoint - beautiful view over Ogimachi

Festival & Events (dates can change without notice)

October

Doburoku Matsuri Festival (14th - 19th)
Giving thanks to the autumn harvest. Doburoku is a special type of white, unrefined sake and it is served to visitors of the festival.