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

Ogimachi, Shirakawa-mura, Ono-gun 501-5627, Gifu Prefecture
+81 5769-6-1013
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Ogimachi, Shirakawa-mura, Ono-gun 501-5627, Gifu Prefecture
+81 5769-6-1013
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Gassho village is definitely worth a visit. Ogimachi right across the river is an interesting follow-up to the village. Although touristy when busy, it's definitely worth stopping by when transiting from Kanazawa to Takayama or vice versa. If you have the chance, eat at...More

Thank Bruce S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Shirakawa, the whole setting is re-built. Luckily, the place is well maintained and worth to visit as its scenery en-route is beautiful with hills, rivers and character houses. Transport to there is quite infrequent and it is a day excursion from urban Japan. I did...More

Thank kingmak
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Minka (Japanese: 民家, lit. "house of the people") are vernacular houses constructed in any one of several traditional Japanese building styles. In the context of the four divisions of society, minka were the dwellings of farmers, artisans, and merchants (i.e., the three non-samurai castes). This...More

Thank tettut
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we stayed overnight at shirkawa-go hostel. i think this was wise, we got to see the village in early morning and evening when the hordes of crowds of tourists (japanese) inundated the city. i am not sure how the locals can stand it. nice place...More

3  Thank Kaos_muchos
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our 2 week itinerary took us from Kanazawa on the Norhi bus service to a one night stay in Shirakawa go. Small historical village high up on mountain plateau, but easily reach by major road network. Luggage store facilities at coach station and yet another...More

Thank Jane B
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

Suggest to arrange no less than 5 hours, when paying a visit to Shirakawago. Waiting time for buses can be another main concern too, while the village finishes early...

5  Thank 218isabellat
Reviewed 2 August 2017

This is a very popular sightseeing location in this region for all seasons. It will take about one hour of shuttle bus from Takayama to this historical village. The whole village has been well preserved with tourist friendly facilities suitably incorporated. The village is very...More

Thank Caveman_Lee
Reviewed 29 July 2017

I visited this village when it wasn't snowy during the day but it was beautiful. Such a picturesque scenery. Lots of cute little shops in the village to check out. To me, the village wasn't THAT big that I would spend more than 4 hours...More

2  Thank moka m
Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

My top wish list. Get there by bus from Kanazawa bus station, don't get to sleep on the way there or else, you will miss the scenic view and amazing tunnels through the hilly landscapes. The village itself if astonishing, go to the view point...More

Thank Andi G
Reviewed 22 July 2017

One of our guide books suggests staying over night in this village. I COMPLETELY agree with that advice and suggest this strongly to truly appreciate as this place as it is tourist packed during the day. The book says it empties out in the late...More

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Jackie T
13 July 2017|
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Response from Lupin W | Reviewed this property |
I would expect there would be a lot if snow there
Diana S
5 July 2017|
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Response from Rudi W | Reviewed this property |
Hi Diana, just to provide another option... you can go from Tokyo to Kanazawa by shinkansen (around 2 hour), then by bus to Shirakawago. Bus ticket to shirakawago can be bought online(japanbusonline) or I saw some travellers... More
Jemma P
15 May 2017|
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Response from Danny S | Reviewed this property |
We were in April- rainy with leftover snow.