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

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The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Traditional Houses in the Gassho Style 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. Make The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Traditional Houses in the Gassho Style part of your personalized Shirakawa-mura itinerary using our Shirakawa-mura family vacation planner.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Using TripAdvisor Guide, Bai chuan Xiang really Shun Lee Gassho village open heart, summer everyday Qi Yue hot, autumn image: very comfortable and perfect Hill red leaf, pretty, are not the fault of the trip, feeling grateful.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Model courses but still select the most charming scenery of the four seasons tour Shirakawa Xiang a snow scene in winter only in the Blizzard of life now are difficult to forget the Japanese absolute beautiful views
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  • August 15, 2017
    It is a world heritage Shirakawa-go. To enter the parking lot was a 30-minute jam. Shirakawa-go is met is thrilled when crossing the bridge, go, surprised. And being a tourist destination, no unexplored.
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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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