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UNESCO World Heritage Site Shirakawa-go

白川郷 (Shirakawa-go)

Leap into an old world, straight out of a fairy tale, and experience the picturesque harmony between the village and nature!

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Hidden away deep in the mountains is this quaint settlement in Shirakawa Village that is famous for its ”gassho-zukuri” houses whose grand roofs resemble hands clasped in prayer. Many of these houses are still inhabited to this day, and together with their adjacent rice paddies, they paint an incredibly picturesque landscape that is a joy to behold and to take a stroll through. The Shiroyama Viewpoint offers a great panoramic view of the settlement in its entirety.

The oldest and largest remaining gassho-zukuri house in the village, the Wada Residence, is still used as a private residence, but part of it is also open to the public for viewing. There, you will find many tools used in everyday life a long time ago displayed throughout the house.

Some gassho-zukuri houses also offer accommodation. Be sure to book in advance if considering this memorable option!
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Inside of a gassho-zukuri style house
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Scenery from the Shiroyama Viewpoint overlooking the entire settlement
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Autumn landscape in Shirakawa-go
Address / Map Ogi-machi, Shirakawa Village, Gifu Prefecture  |  Map
Telephone Number 05769-6-1013  (Shirakawa-go Tourist Association)
Business Hours 9:00am - 5:00pm (Wada Residence)
Days Closed for Business Irregular Closing Days (Wada Residence)
Price Adults: 300 yen, Children: 150 yen (Wada Residence)
Directions Accessible by Nohi Bus and Hokuriku Railway Bus either from JR Takayama Station on the Takayama Line (about 60 minutes away) or from JR Kanazawa Station on the Hokuriku Main Line (around 75 minutes away).
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