Hidden away deep in the mountains is this quaint settlement in Shirakawa Village that is famous for its ”gassho-zukuri” houses whose grand roofs resemble hands clasped in prayer. Many of these houses are still inhabited to this day, and together with their adjacent rice paddies, they paint an incredibly picturesque landscape that is a joy to behold and to take a stroll through. The Shiroyama Viewpoint offers a great panoramic view of the settlement in its entirety.
The oldest and largest remaining gassho-zukuri house in the village, the Wada Residence, is still used as a private residence, but part of it is also open to the public for viewing. There, you will find many tools used in everyday life a long time ago displayed throughout the house.
Some gassho-zukuri houses also offer accommodation. Be sure to book in advance if considering this memorable option!
- Tradition & History
- Life & Culture
Ogi-machi, Shirakawa Village, Gifu Prefecture
【From Takayama】 50 min by bus from Takayama Nohi Bus Center (Nohi Bus／Hokuriku Rail Road／Toyama Chiho Railway)
Free (museum and park admission fees separate)
Parking Area (8:00-17:00)