Shirakawa-Go And Gokayama:


The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama are one of Japan’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The site is located in the Shogawa river valley stretching across the border of Gifu and Toyama Prefectures in central Japan.  The Gokayama area is divided between the former villages of Kamitaira and Taira in Nanto, Toyama Prefecture. The village is famous for their traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old. The Gassho-zukuri, “prayer-hands construction” style is characterized by a thatched and steeply slanting roof resembling two hands joined in prayer. The design is exceptionally strong and, in combination with the unique properties of the thatching, allow the houses to withstand and shed the weight of the region’s heavy snowfalls in winter.

The observatory at the site of Ogimachi Castle is a popular spot from which to view “Shirakawa-go Ogimachi village” where 59 houses are clustered. This upland vantage point is perfect for a panoramic view of the Gassho-style village in the verdure of spring, the tinted leaves of autumn or the snows of winter.

Not To Miss:

  • Gassho-Zukuri House:
  • Ogimachi:
  • Shirakawa Winter Light Up:
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