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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

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Address: 2499 Ogimachi, Ono-gun, Shirakawa-mura 501-5627, Gifu Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 5769-6-1231
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Must visit site in Japan

Unique houses set amidst stunning scenery in autumn. Unique site & worthy of the UNESCO World Heritage site award

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Singapore, Singapore
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unique houses set amidst stunning scenery in autumn. Unique site & worthy of the UNESCO World Heritage site award

Thank Honeylem
Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

We were blown away by this beautiful, little village in the mountains of Japan. Our first view of all the houses with thatched roofs was from an overlook at the top of a hill. We then walked down the hill and through the rice fields and houses. We visited the Wada house and were able to see the inside structure... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

Nicely conserved town, beautiful view from observatory point which is about 10 minutes walk up. We calculated 4 hours but 3 hours is enough. Lots of tourists. We visited this as a stopover between Takayama and Kanazawa, you can store luggage in the tourist office (lockers). Note that the bus from Shirakawago to Kanazawa is reserved seats only. But we... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

It starts already when you cross the hanging bridge to the village from bus parking sight. If you are nature lover it is even worth enough to visit there to experience this overwhelming view of mountain and river hinted with Gassho housing. And in the village itself you feel you time travel back to the way it was in Japanese... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

It is similar to many but if you haven't seen one before definitely worth a visit and it's a gorgeous village.

Thank Vicky S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016

Shirakawago Gasho Zukuri Minkaen is a museum version of Shirakawa village, which is located just beside the parking of Shirakawa village. It is very informative and interesting. You can visit it before your tour to Shirakawa village to get some idea. Be careful, however, not to spend much time here! Otherwise, you do not enough time to visit the authentic... More 

Thank Kimitaka S
Cambridge, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

We went at end of day around 4pm and was very empty and was nice to be relieved of the crowds elsewhere in Shirakawa. We didn't go in the buildings because didn't want to take off our shoes but looked into them and enjoyed just walking around the grounds to get a taste of what the town was like way... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016

It is enjoyable to wander around and see the old houses and walk through one or two. But the experience can quickly be lessened by all of the other tourists and the shops all selling the same things. By all means try for a visit but plan your time such that you move on before it gets old. Two hours... More 

Thank Don L
Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016

This is an open air museum famous for its farmhouses, which are built in a unique architectural style known as gassho. The name means “hands together” as in prayer, referring to the steep roofs that keep the snow off in the winter. One can easily spend hours walking and visiting the village houses against the mountain backdrop. As it is... More 

Thank LG_Kay
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

A very beautiful and well preserved heritage like a haven. We love its so much that keep thinking of going back there again. It is a bit remote from Osaka and you need to stay one night at Takayama perhaps for catch a tour bus next morning for the visit.

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