Shirakawa-Go Village

Japan Shirakawa Go

If you are traveling to Nagoya, Osaka or Tokyo, Shirakawa-go is one of the must-visit places as this place is one of the most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Japan to visit anytime of the year.

Shirakawa-Go is located in the Gifu Prefecture and this majestic mountain village with traditional ‘Gassho-zukuri’ style farmhouses sit in a valley where the unique and high triangle roofs are made entirely without any nails.

Gassho-zukuri also means "constructed like hands in prayer", as the farmhouses steep thatched roofs resemble the hands of Buddhist monks pressed together in prayer.

Shirakawa-Go is also known also as Grassho-zukuri Village and this place is best visited throughout the year as one can experience the many different seasons here.

Shirakawa-Go Village

Deai Bridge in Shirakawa Go
Deai Bridge, the main entrance to Shirakawa-Go
There are quite a number of traditional homes located in the village but only one farmhouse is open to the public which is the ‘Wada House’. Inside, you can see how the entire farm house is made, the local home grown silk worm farming and also to view the traditional items used in there.

Inside the house, there is also a display of historical information and items related to the homes and people of Shirakawa-Go. Some of the items inside date back to over 300 years old. 

Other farmhouses are not open to the public but some of them have converted them into shops or even restaurants where you can buy local produce or try the local Gifu styled Japanese food.

Farmhouse at Shirakawa Go
One of the unique farmhouses in Shirakawa-go
Higashi-dori Street in Shirakawa Go
Higashi-dori Street in Shirakawa Go Village
There is a main street (Higashi-dori street) where you can explore and see the many other farmhouses from a distance but keep in mind that you are not allowed to simply go in. 

Below are random photos taken in January 2014 at the Shirakawa Go Village in the Gifu prefecture of central Japan.

Again, this was in the winter where in other seasons, the natural beauty is different and worth visiting as well.

Shirakawa-go Photos

Directions in Shirakawa Go
Directions in Shirakawa-Go

Wada House Information
Wada House Information

Shirakawa Go Farmhouse Interior
Inside the Grassho-Zukuri Farmhouse

Interior of Grassho Zukuri Farmhouse
First floor of the Wada House

Japanese Silkworms
Japanese Silkworms at Shirakawa Village
Shirakawago house
The traditional Gassho Homes of Shirakawa-Go 

Main Street Shirakawa Go
Shirakawa Go main street

Shirakawago Village
View of Shirakawa Go Village

Shirakawa Grassho-zukuri House
Grassho Zukuri Style Farmhouses
Shirakawa Go Village Scarecrows
Scarecrows at the village

For photographers, the Shiroyama Viewpoint is where you can take beautiful scenic photographs of the entire village from a distance. To get up here, you can hike up from the main village or take the shuttle up. In winter, it is not possible to hike up.

This gives you that postcard perfect photo of the entire village too. If you need more information on this place or its surroundings, you can check out the official Japan National Tourism Organaization Website.



Village of Shirakawa-Go
Shirakawa Go Village
How To Go To Shirakawa-go?

There are a few airlines that fly directly to the Centrair Nagoya Airport, from Tokyo and Osaka. Alternatively, you can take a train or bus here but the journey would be quite interesting.

The train makes stops at various cities and you need to connect to Shirakawa-go. You should note that English is not widely spoken in these areas.

Self driving can be done with some of the car rental companies here, but I would recommended to use a tour company as you need a minimum of half a day to visit this UNESCO world heritage site of Shirakawa-Go.

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