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

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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Traditional Houses in the Gassho Style and many more Shirakawa-mura attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Shirakawa-mura route planner.
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  • Live in Shirakawa hometown of the soup, an early morning, go out to play snow, the street side of the snow has been good, soft sponge sponge is the child's most knowledge, really good beautiful, play snow must go.
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  • The internet was not intended to see the photos and decided to increase the location in the Jinze itinerary. From Kanazawa take a bus to 1.5 hours, the bus began under snow, very beautiful environment and wooden house, keep taking photos of mobile phones, to the prospect of the road because of snow, very slippery, carefully up, panoramic view. The snow is on, and the heart melts.
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  • Our tour group visited this village during winter. This historic village is recognized by Unesco as one of Japan's heritage sites. It was snowing heavily when we arrived. Temperature was at freezing p...  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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