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

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Address: Ogimachi, Ono-gun, Shirakawa-mura 501-5627, Gifu Prefecture
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+81 5769-6-1013
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Triangular houses

An interesting working village of unique triangular houses and buildings.One or two of the houses are open to tourists to show how people lived and there are is some rental... read more

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plymouth
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

An interesting working village of unique triangular houses and buildings.One or two of the houses are open to tourists to show how people lived and there are is some rental accommodation. The village can get very busy with visitors and you have to walk over a narrow suspended bridge from the coach park to the village. The village looked very... More 

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The Gassho-style houses of Shirakawa-go have a lot in common with Swiss alpine A-frame chalets at first glance, but the thatched roofs and interior architecture that's hundreds of years old make them unique. Pay the entrance fee to one ( we entered the Handa family house) and you will feel like a time-traveler. It's dark inside, a little smoky from... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Shirakawago is the highlight of our Japan trip. Such a beautiful and peaceful village. Some may claim it too touristy, yes it may be, but still it is a lovely place. You will be guaranteed lots of photo opportunities. The route from Kanazawa to Shirakawago is very scenic too.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stopped by Shirakawa-go on a day trip from Takayama. The ride up to the city by bus is beautiful by itself. When you get to the village you feel like you have been transported back in time. We walked around the actual village itself and then climbed up to the viewing point to take pictures. The views from up... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I had little knowledge of Shirakawa-go and the Gassho Style Houses until we were told by our courier. The Gassho style roughly means praying hands style and it is immediately obvious when we arrived at the promontory above the village. In the village it's enchanting when you walk around. An experience I wasn't expecting and thoroughly enjoyed

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Shirakawa-go is always on my list and finally make it. Visited here in between winter and spring time. Still bit of ice from winter and green not yet coming, that did not disappointed us! The village is small but we spent the entire afternoon taking lots of photos at different spots. Quite a lot of visitors from day tour but... More 

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Must see if you come to Japan. These houses are unique. Would recommend to stay in the village overnight to enjoy the tranquillity of the place when there are almost no tourists. Might be a bit cold in winter/early spring

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The steep roofs of the thatched houses, called Gassho - Zukuri gives a fascinating insight into how people used to live in this area. It is free to walk round the village and look in the shops, but will cost 300 Yen each to actually go round inside one of the houses. There was still lots of snow around when... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very picturesque village especially in early April with snow on the mountains and drifts around the village of traditional thatch roofed houses and paddy fields.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you like to see how the samuri live before as well as sightseeing, then this is a top recommended one. The Gassho are home to samuri when they want to relax or like modern times, have a vacation. It's more of a park & a food for the soul kind of place, which adds on to the amazing experience... More 

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