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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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  • Across the 観光地 観光地 化 されて いて つまらない 。 nothing. Rooted in the land, really want to see. Connoisseur, Mitarashi dango is unnecessary.
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  • Across the suspension bridge, from the bus station, walk for a while gasshou-zukuri settlement finally come to the area. Someone says and questions whether there is need to look at an additional charge on the grounds that come up there, at least the outside number gasshou-zukuri buildings they had seen in the free wonder is to pay people less, and you want to see the recommended.
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  • Small Gassho is the atmosphere is good. Coupled with the snow and the buildings look and taste, Nice. Good sense if you go either felt like the high mountains of Hida-no-Sato, on the other hand, it seemed.
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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.
  • 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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Where to stay in Shirakawa-mura

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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