Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Shirakawa-mura

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Take a trip to Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, 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. Add Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen and other attractions to your Shirakawa-mura trip itinerary using our Shirakawa-mura trip planner .
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  • Our holiday this year when back to japan because of this place. When we arrived at shirakawago the weather is was -8c.The all of area was full with snow. very beatiful and we may founded the several p...  more »
  • It is our experience in many countries that once a site is declared a "UNESCO World Heritage Site", it overrun by tourists and is ruined. This pretty "grasshut" village is no exception. Set in a beaut...  more »
  • While visiting here is worthwhile and the view provided from the viewing area is quite beautiful I think it is overrated and not quite worth the effort to get there. The main attraction is viewing the...  more »

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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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