Sep 28, 2017
Shirakawa-go is a mountain village located in Ono district, Gifu prefecture. Together with Gokayama in Nanto, Toyama, they were declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. Both places are famous for their traditional gassho-zukuri (constructed like hands in prayer) farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old. This architectural style is designed to withstand the large amounts of heavy snow that falls in the region during winter.
I first visited this picturesque village more than 10 years ago in 2004. It was late autumn then and the iconic snow covered village images you will always see on travel books and web sites was not available. It may seem like a disappointment to some, but nonetheless, this quaint village was still as beautiful with the momiji (red leaves) scenery. I think Shirakawa-go is a place that can be enjoyed in all seasons. Spring with the pale pink sakura (cherry blossoms), summer with the cheery sunflowers and greenery, autumn with the momiji and winter which seems like a winter wonderland straight out of a fairytale.
There are more than 40 different options for accommodation in Shirakawa-go. Stay in one of the traditional gassho-zukuri guesthouse to fully experience how the Japanese lived in ancient times.
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