Shirakawa-go (Historic Village)

A World Heritage Site that Offers Views of Japan’s Historic Scenery.

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Sightseeing Area

Shirakawa-go, a beautiful area where traditional Japanese scenery still exists, is home to the largest number of still-standing traditional “gassho-zukuri” Japanese homes. As of 2016, there are around 100 buildings still standing, both large and small. It is the largest remaining historic settlement in Japan, and it is preserved as a Group of Traditional Buildings in the register of Cultural Properties of Japan.

In 1995, Shirakawa-go was registered as a World Cultural Heritage Site, under the classification of “outstanding examples of traditional human settlements that are perfectly adapted to their environment and their social and economic raison d’être,” that “…preserves both the spiritual and the material evidence of [its] long history.”

The heart of Shirakawa-go is Ogimachi, located to the north of the village. There visitors can experience “gassho-zukuri folk living” and feel what it was like to live in tandem with nature, through hands-on activities like dyeing cloth with plant dyes, making straw zori (Japanese sandals), making soba noodles, and visiting historical museums.

Shirakawa-go also has many attractions that make use of its place in nature, such as hot springs, camping sites, ski resorts, and lodging facilities.
People still inhabit and they make their lives in Shirakawa-go, unlike other similar historic settlements.

Visitors can take in a lovely panoramic view of Ogimachi from the restaurant Shiroyama Tenshukaku’s “Tenshukaku Observatory Deck.”
※Private gassho-zukuri folk living experiences available from mid-April through October. Advance reservation required.

Highlights

  • As locals still inhabit and make their lives in Shirakawa-go, be sure to visit between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm. (Excludes event dates, such as illuminations)
  • Take in a view overlooking the village of Ogimachi from the “Tenshukaku Observatory Deck.”
  • Gassho-zukuri style buildings are available as lodging.

Videos

Photos

  • Early summer

    Early summer

  • Autumn leaves and gassho-zukuri buildings

    Autumn leaves and gassho-zukuri buildings

  • Winter illumination

    Winter illumination

  • Shirakawa-go in the snow

    Shirakawa-go in the snow

  • Shirakawa-go

    Shirakawa-go

  • Scarecrows

    Scarecrows

Reviews

12
  • 游西文

    為了看傳說中薑餅屋,滿懷期待的來到合掌村,可惜遇到雪量不足,沒有看到滿滿的雪景,只好期待下次再來。

  • Shakun Tse

    蠻有日式早期建築的地方 交通上搭巴士也很方便。

  • 李佳祐

    合掌造很有特色也很漂亮,想要體驗一晚的人很多,要先預約才住的進去。

  • 李文生

    這裡真的很美,但住宿沒有很多需要提前預定…

  • 怡怡

    冬季下雪的合掌村真美,屋子也很可愛,像薑餅屋。

  • alim2000

    可以在服務中心拿免費中文地圖,方向感不好的人比較不會走冤枉路

  • YIyi

    非常喜愛這種古樸民家生活,希望能夠蓋一間這樣的房子,老了過退休生活,

  • Wai Wai Wim

    冬天的合掌村搭配屋頂上的積雪,真的就和薑餅屋一樣,一定要去展望台看更能體會那種fu

  • Thingnam19940301

    很難得還能看到這樣的古建築保存那麼完整,環境很棒的地方,下次要選冬天的時候再來

  • Louis Zhang

    之前是透過白川鄉觀光協會安排當地住一晚,晚餐享用的是鄉土料理,民宿的男主人還拿出珍藏的好酒與我們分享,然而主人家女兒彈奏著樂器,女主人還跳著當地的傳統舞蹈,這樣的經驗令人難忘。

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Details

Name in Japanese
白川郷
Postal Code
501-5627
Address
Ogimachi, Shirakawa Village, Onogun, Gifu
Tel
05769-6-1311 (Shirakawa Village Office)
Access
About 50 minutes by the Nohi Bus’s Shirakawa/Kanazawa Line from JR Takayama Line’s Takayama Station (get off at Shirakawa-go bus stop)
Official Website
Official Website (English)