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Shirakawago Village in winter, Gifu Prefecture = Shutterstock

Shirakawago Village in winter, Gifu Prefecture = Shutterstock

Shirakawago : a traditional village with Gassho-roofed roofs, Gifu, Japan

If you want to go to a beautiful traditional village in a heavy snowfall area in Japan, add Shirakawago (Gifu Prefecture) to your itinerary. Shirakawa-go is a village registered as a World Heritage Site along with Gokayama (Toyama Prefecture) in the same area. In Shirakawa-go, you can experience how the residents have worked together and survived in a harsh natural environment. In winter you can experience the world of heavy snowfall. This village is very popular, so it is advisable to book your accommodation in the village early.

Outline of Shirakawago

Shirakawago is the name of the area around the Shogawa River in Gifu Prefecture. However, recently, it often refers only to Shirakawa village, where many traditional Japanese houses are preserved. On this page, I would like to introduce you to the Ogino area, which has many traditional houses in Shirakawa Village.

Shirakawago is located in the mountainous area of northern Gifu Prefecture in central Honshu (Chubu). In this region, there is a great deal of snow in the winter. Villagers have been devising various ideas for a long time so that they can live in such heavy snowfall areas. The most characteristic feature is the Gassho-zukuri roof.

Gassho-zukuri is a house made of wooden beams combined with a steep thatched roof. This area is one of the most heavy snowfall areas in Japan, but because of the sharp roof, snow slides off the roof. It was designed to prevent the house from collapsing no matter how much snow it accumulates.

Shirakawago in winter = Shutterstock 1
Photos: The Four Seasons in Shirakawago, Gifu Prefecture, Japan

Shirakawa-go, a traditional village registered as a World Heritage Site, has four beautiful seasons. In this page, I will introduce the four seasons of Shirakawago with 10 photos. Table of ContentsPhotos of the Four Seasons in ShirakawagoMap of Shirakawago Photos of the Four Seasons in Shirakawago Shirakawago in winter = Shutterstock ...


Autumn in Shirakawago

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Photos: Shirakawago Village in autumn

In Shirakawa-go (Gifu Prefecture), a traditional village that has been registered as a World Heritage Site, you can enjoy beautiful autumn colors and snow in winter. In Shirakawa-go, the first snow falls around the middle of November. In late December, you can see the pure white world like the pictures in ...


Winter in Shirakawago

Shirakawago Village in winter, Gifu Prefecture = Shutterstock
Photos: Shirakawago Village in winter

Shirakawago, a traditional village located on the mountainous area of Honshu Island, offers beautiful snow views in winter. From late January to early February, as in the first photo of this page, the village will be beautifully illuminated. In Japan, beautiful snow scenery can be seen in Hokkaido and mountainous regions ...


Shogawa River

The Shogawa Gorge cruise in Toyama Prefecture10
Photos: Shogawa Gorge cruise -River cruise in a pure white world!

There is a beautiful river called Shogawa near Shirakawa-go and Gokayama, traditional villages registered as World Heritage sites. On this river you can enjoy a cruise called "Shogawa Gorge cruise". This cruise is great even in the fresh green and autumn leaves seasons. However, from late December to late February, you ...



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Photos: Gokayama Village in Toyama Prefecture

There are villages collectively called Gokayama in the southwest of the Tonami Plain, Toyama Prefecture. The villages in Gokayama are registered as a World Heritage site along with the famous Shirakawa-go. Gokayama is not as touristy as Shirakawago. I once interviewed a director who filmed a movie in Gokayama. He smiled, ...

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Photos: Takayama -Beautiful traditional cityscape in the mountain area

If you go to Shirakawago Village, a world heritage site in the Hida region in Japan, stop by Takayama located nearby. Takayama is the center of the Hida region. Here you can stroll through the old streets. You will feel old Japanese life that has already been lost in Tokyo and ...



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