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Gassho Zukuri Minka-en, Shirakawa-mura

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History Museum Museum
Take a trip to Gassho Zukuri Minka-en, an open-air museum with traditional farmhouses, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The iconic design of the wooden houses, said to resemble hands clasped together in prayer, developed so as to keep the snow off during the winter months. In a mountainous rural area where the design still dominates, the museum gives visitors the chance to see inside the farmhouses, as well as learning about traditional agricultural methods and the lifestyle of farmers and their families. Put Gassho Zukuri Minka-en at the forefront of your travel plans using our Shirakawa-mura trip itinerary builder.
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  • Very unique place with superb view of snow covered mountains and Cherry Blossoms. Several unique shops  more »
  • This is a very unique experience where you can view and enter some of the traditional houses in an open air museum concept. Very scenic with loads of photographic spots.  more »
  • On entering the village we felt transported back in time to the Edo period and saw what old rural farm life was like. This Unesco World Heritage Site (1995) has the largest concentration of gassho-zuk...  more »
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  • A nice open air museum featuring many Gassho Zukuri. A must see unless you are planning to visit Takayama as Hida Mura is similar, but has a better variety of buildings.
  • This is open air museum for showing japanese traditional house. Admision fee is 600jpy. This place have a good view.
  • Very beautiful place. Only 600 Yen entry ticket. Heritage ghasso houses are must visit.
  • Model village with 20+ Gassho Zukuri houses set up inside of it. The houses were relocated from neighboring villages, being a variety of ages. Several are important structures which is why they were preserved. Many burned down 100 years ago, so we're reconstructed to varying degrees. There is good signage in English, Japanese and booklets with more information. The entrance fee is 600Y, which does not make it expensive. Tour groups do not come here so you will avoid the throngs of tourists as you see in the rest of the village.
  • This is an open air museum, where gassho-zukuri houses with particular history is displayed here. You can enter several houses there. Moreover, there are english description written around the museum, which is great for foreign tourists.