Shirakawago Farm village
The village of Shirakawago from the lookout
Shirakawago UNESCO Village in Gifu Prefecture in Japan in autumn
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri traditional A-frame farmhouses

Shirakawago

Shirakawago is a UNESCO World Heritage listed village nestled in the central alps of Japan. The village features many beautifully preserved traditional farmhouses known as Gassho Zukuri. A number of the farmhouses are open to the public and there is a small open air museum featuring farmhouses and explaining the techniques involved in construction. A walking path leads up to a lookout over the village which is a stunning view of life and times in years gone by.

 

Stay

It is possible to stay in one of the traditional Gassho Zukuri Farmhouses. This is a very authentic experience sleeping on futon mattresses on the floor and featuring a shared bathroom. Alternatively, Shirakawago is an easy day trip from either Takayama to the east or Kanazawa to the west.

 

Location

Takayama - approximately one hour by public bus or private vehicle to the east of Shirakawago.

Kanazawa - approximately one hour by public bus or private vehicle to the west of Shirakawago.