Sep 27, 2017
Since 1995, the picturesque Shirakawago is declared a UNESCO world heritage site. It is famous for its traditional farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old.
Shirakawago's largest village and main attraction is in Ogimachi which is particularly popular to visit in winter. Due to the large amount of snow the region receives every winter, Shirakawago's farmhouses have steep roofs and massive structure. The Ogimachi Village typically gets drowned by one to two meters of snow during the peak of winter making Shirakawago into an idyllic getaway. Most tourists would choose to visit on selected evenings of January and February where the village organizes special illumination. During the light-up event, many of the village's gassho-zukuri farmhouses are lit up from 17:30 to 19:30.
Nonetheless, Ogimachi makes a good day trip from Takayama. If you have ample time in your itinerary, staying overnight at one of the farmhouses is the best way to experience the place.
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