Tenshukakau Observatory, Shirakawa-mura

Observation Deck · Tourist Spot
Obtain a panoramic view of a UNESCO-protected village from Tenshukakau Observatory. Take the 15-20 minute walk uphill from the historic village, or simply take the shuttle bus to reach the observation area. From this vantage point you can truly appreciate the mountainous scenery and the 114 thatched-roof homes that make up the village. The quiet, quaint village, dwarfed by the mountains that surround it, has photogenic appeal, with its homes shaped like hands in prayer, a river running through town, and adjacent rice paddies. Make your Shirakawa-mura itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.
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  • Very nice view for Shirakawa-go! Free to enter and best photo place! If not crowded, you can access by not public bus but your car.  more »
  • Definitely a must visit location in Shirakawa-go. It's about 30 minutes hike and provides a brilliant birds eye view of entire town. Plus there's ice-cream at the top.  more »
  • You get a great view of the town up there!it is,a nice town to walk around for a day trip! The shuttle is convenient and it takes 10 minutes to go up there !  more »
  • Nice place to capture scenery of the whole Shirakawa-go. Didn't get to spend too much time there due to other schedules. Shop was full of tourists so didn't go in. The professional photographer was very good, if you bring own camera, would be lucky to get great shots on top of the optional 1500 yen per printed photo. We got these nice shots of the trees and berries too.
  • I visited here on winter, and the view from the observatory was incredible. There is a staff that can help take your photo, and if you like it you can buy the printed photo with the card that sort of shaped like a frame. You can walk or take a shuttle bus to get here. Shuttle bus cost ¥200 one way.
  • Look out point. Best viewed at sun down and sunrise (to avoid busloads of noisy tourists). Great view of shirikawago town and valleys. Shuttle bus opetates between 9am to 4pm 400yen return ticket per person . Alternative is a 20 min hike up a hill. Only for fit legs
  • Spectacular views of the village and valley. Was late winter still two feet of snow around. Could walk up from the bus depot although a bit slippery in places.
  • Beautiful place, need to pay ¥200 per way per person for the shuttle bus to the observatory. Walking up the road takes 20 mins while shuttle bus takes 10 mins. Walking up during winter is forbidden. (safety issue) I wonder how summer time looks like...

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