Gassho Zukuri Minka-en, Shirakawa-mura

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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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  • August 15, 2017
    It is per person / adult ¥ 600. But a bit too sekka was visited because it is. In in the former House of the repair DVD introduce the history. Repaired now, and people living in rural areas has been found, this area seemed era before air is flowing.
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  • August 6, 2017
    This UNESCO heritage site is nestled in a valley surrounded by beautiful greenery and streams of clear water. It's idyllic, peaceful and charming. To appreciate the uniqueness of these Gassho zukkuri ...  more »
  • August 5, 2017
     This is Shirakawa-go Gassho houses Park, is not "shirakawago gassho style village". You want to ask of TripAdvisor travelers, into "villages" of the latter word of mouth is all, delete.  Unfortunately, three around one has comment on the "settlements". Well, here in "Garden House" is the paid facilities nearby, said the settlement could go free next. Around the a-frame building like House. Buildings, and watch carefully so that you can put in more than one. That thought should come here personally, but of course also in the "village" into buildings, so it is enough that there will be.
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  • April 30, 2017
    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.
  • April 16, 2017
    This is open air museum for showing japanese traditional house. Admision fee is 600jpy. This place have a good view.
  • March 16, 2017
    Very beautiful place. Only 600 Yen entry ticket. Heritage ghasso houses are must visit.
  • October 3, 2016
    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.
  • November 14, 2016
    Open air museum which is missed by many. It allows you to look around many different houses and has a very nice slow paced atmosphere, which you won't find in the town on a busy day. Entrance fee but certainly worth it.

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Located to the south of the main tourist village, the accommodations of Shirakawa-mura primarily come in the form of the traditional sloped-roof farmhouses of the historic village. Converted into hotels and guesthouses, or newly built in the distinctive style so as to fit in, the accommodations serve a mixed clientele, with a choice of budget-friendly hostels and luxury "ryokan" (traditional guesthouses). The village of Hirase further to the south has a number of standard hotels and ryokan, as well as some seasonal camping options, linked up to the main tourist village by road.
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