The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Shirakawa-mura

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The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses offers a glimpse into the lifestyle of villagers occupying traditional wooden frame houses. These houses, built in the "gassho-zukuri" (prayer hands) style, are known for their steeply slanted roofs, which recall two hands joined in prayer. The homes are very large, built to house entire extended families and family businesses and to withstand the region's heavy snowfall in winter. Enter one or two of the designated open houses to see the layout and delicate decorations inside. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and many more Shirakawa-mura attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Shirakawa-mura route planner.
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  • I finally fulfilled a desire to visit here in the snowy winter. It was great. Due to Covid buses are reduced so double check your schedule. Nothing from Toyama but Takaoka and Takayama is ok. 
    I finally fulfilled a desire to visit here in the snowy winter. It was great. Due to Covid buses are reduced so double check your schedule. Nothing from Toyama but Takaoka and Takayama is ok.  more »
  • Luckily the place wasn't so crowded when I went there (ironically, thanks to COVID-19) but the weather was very unstable, thanks to an oncoming typhoon. The traditional thatched roof houses were... 
    Luckily the place wasn't so crowded when I went there (ironically, thanks to COVID-19) but the weather was very unstable, thanks to an oncoming typhoon. The traditional thatched roof houses were...  more »
  • This place is really popular, so better book in advance. I booked bus ticket to shirakawa day - 1 and can't get the good schedule (only 1.5 hours duration in shirakawa). Based on 1.5 hours... 
    This place is really popular, so better book in advance. I booked bus ticket to shirakawa day - 1 and can't get the good schedule (only 1.5 hours duration in shirakawa). Based on 1.5 hours...  more »
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  • Beautiful place to spend the day. Pretty easy to reach via the bus system or by car. The entire area is walkable after you park your car. If you come in the wintertime and stay in the area overnight, you can experience seeing the houses lit up at night.
  • Great time of the year to visit if you like rice fields. Though quite commercialized, it still has a slow pace farm village vibe to it. Probably also because there aren't many tourists at the moment. Bus schedule is quite sparse, so do plan ahead how long you plan to stay. We spent about 4 hours here strolling around, taking photos, ate lunch, and just relax and enjoy the atmosphere. Can probably see the whole place in 2 hours if really in a hurry, but I recommend spending longer, grab lunch/coffee/tea/desserts if you have time. Also, amazing that there is a rest house maintained by the locals if you need a shaded place to take a break, which is pretty cool.
  • Beautiful and charming place ... It can be visited and enjoyed throughout the year, as its beauty is charming in any season. During the winter, it is beautiful to see the snow. For those who want to go this time of year, it is good to go with snow tires and well equipped with warm clothes, as the cold is intense. In summer, ideal is to use plenty of sunscreen and a cap because the sun is very hot ... Even so, the landscape, the history of the place and its natural beauty are very worthwhile!!!!1
  • Amazing place . If you want to see and experience the Japanese culture, this is the place for it. Of course it is UNESCO heritage site. We went by early May and it was pleasant weather. Fun to go with kids, they will enjoy the food stalls and other local foods. Most of the houses are open to public, either coffee bar, or some other entertainment or temple. Such huge and monstrous huts are very pleasing to eyes. We stayed at Kanazawa over night and it took us approximately 1.5 to 2 hours by car. Beware, even Toll road is full of tunnels and some drivers get dizzy while driving in side tunnel.
  • First time visiting Shirakawa-go on December 31. Super cold but it was worth it. Better check the weather before going there. Truly, the snow made the place more magical but if there's heavy snow showers, it will be hard for you to roam around. TIP: The restrooms/toilets have heaters. A good stop over to get yourself warm.

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