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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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  • Lined with houses were moved from the village shrine and Temple. Put in the a-frame house, spectacular exhibits of old a valuable life tool. Where they're paid so slowly seen not crowded. Went to the snow season, the toilet had a heating throughout.
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  • 需要門票,大人是日幣600元,但若有住白川鄉的民宿,可以向民宿主人索取100元的折價券。 這裡是一個很大的園區,包含九棟被列為重要文化遺產的合掌屋,指標很清楚,不用擔心會迷路,也許是需要費用,所以這裡幾乎沒有團客,可以盡情地拍照。  more »
  • 其實是一個合掌造的博物館,要收費的。裡面像一個公園,十幾個合掌造建築都是從各處搬遷過來的,有幾幢房子裡面也能參觀。由於是收費的,裡面人很少,適合拍照,下雪天景色的確很美。  more »
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  • 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.
  • A MUST if you are here to visit the village! Beautiful sakura trees flanking the thatched-roof house museum with a back-drop of a fabulous waterfall! Interior of the museum is very interesting complete with samples of tools, etc.
  • Pretty and interesting. Not entirely necessary to get the shirakawa experience, but it's relatively inexpensive.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful place and probably the open air museum is not as crowded as the rest of the village.