“A mesmerizing glimpse into Japan's living history, where the traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses gracefully blend with the majestic mountain backdrop.  ”

Shirakawa-go and the neighboring Gokayama regions are located in the remote mountains along the Shogawa River Valley, spanning from Gifu to Toyama Prefectures in Japan. These areas were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995 and are renowned for their traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are over 250 years old.

The term "gassho-zukuri" refers to the architectural style of these farmhouses, which resembles hands pressed together in prayer, similar to those of Buddhist monks. The design of the steep thatched roofs, developed over generations, is specifically engineered to withstand heavy snowfall during the winter months. The roofs are constructed without the use of nails and provide a spacious attic area traditionally used for silkworm cultivation.

Among the villages in Shirakawa-go, Ogimachi is the largest and most popular destination for visitors. It is often recommended as a day trip from Takayama. However, to truly immerse oneself in the town's atmosphere, the best way is to spend a night in one of the farmhouses, experiencing the unique charm and tranquility of the area.

Shirakawa-go Historical Village Hours and Admission

  • Shirakawa-go  Village is open from 9:00~17:00 
  • Admission costs 300 yen for adults and 150 yen for children.

How to get to Toshogu Shirakawa go Historical Village

You can go either by car or bus

  • Direct buses run from Takayama Station (50 minutes) and Nagoya Station (3 hours). Advance reservations are required for these services. Alternatively, you can take the Kaetsuno bus from Takaoka Station to Shirakawago (130 minutes). it coast 1300 to 2000 yen.

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