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Trip Planner Asia  /  Japan  /  Chubu  /  Gifu Prefecture  /  Ono-gun  /  Shirakawa-mura
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Things to do: historic sites, sightseeing, museums
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site. The distinctive wooden buildings have been designed with sheer, sloping thatched roofs, so as not to allow a thick build-up of snow during the winter. Said to appear like hands clasped in prayer, the scene of the homes against the backdrop of rice paddies, cherry blossoms, and forested mountains looks like a painting from the feudal era, with few concessions--apart from all the tourists--to the modern world. Use our Japan vacation planner to plan your trip to Shirakawa-mura and other destinations in Japan.
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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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