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The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses

Ogimachi, Shirakawa-mura, Ono-gun 501-5627, Gifu Prefecture
+81 5769-6-1013
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good33%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“the bus” (76 reviews)
“day trip” (35 reviews)
“world heritage” (23 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Ogimachi, Shirakawa-mura, Ono-gun 501-5627, Gifu Prefecture
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+81 5769-6-1013
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"the bus"
in 76 reviews
"day trip"
in 35 reviews
"world heritage"
in 23 reviews
"fairy tale"
in 19 reviews
"thatched roof"
in 26 reviews
"staying overnight"
in 8 reviews
"rice fields"
in 14 reviews
"takayama station"
in 10 reviews
"historic village"
in 10 reviews
"suspension bridge"
in 19 reviews
"walk around"
in 9 reviews
"local sake"
in 6 reviews
"hida beef"
in 13 reviews
"souvenir shops"
in 18 reviews
"observation point"
in 18 reviews
"late afternoon"
in 8 reviews
"japan trip"
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We stopped on our way from Takeyama to Kanazawa. The bus arrival center had coin lockers. We fit our two carry on and my small backpack in the top locker which cost 500 Japanese yen. There are larger lockers on the bottom row for 10,000...More

Thank V M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

All the reviews are true. This is a very special site to see for sure. All of the thatched roofs & the main street with it's temple were delightful to see and spend time in.

Thank Sus C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to Shirakawa-go by bus. A long trip but it was worth it. What to find in this UNESCO world heritage sight? Historical houses, nature, a beautiful hanging bridge, authentic japanese food, souvenirs, photo-ops and lots of great memories! Awesome place to relax, to...More

Thank JuliusC888
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Shirakwago and Gokayama are a lovely small village on the foothills of Japanese alps. We took a bus from Kanazawa station and believe me when I say, do book you buy seats in advance even the return as we had to struggle a lot to...More

Thank AmitChanda29
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had wanted to see the village in autumn when the leaves have turned, but the weather did not cooperate. It snowed rather early and it was not bad a sight at all. It’s probably even prettier in January. While people may say it’s very...More

Thank Onyib
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

To enter the village, you have to cross a long bridge above the river, which was very cool. Inside, there are many traditional houses and I was amazed. There were some people still repairing the house though. The houses were very small, it seemed native...More

Thank David A
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What you see and read its all true. Probably even better in winter, if one is not stuck in snow. But what better place to be stuck in and snowed in. Take a slow walk around, probably about 2+ hours. There is a recommended route.

Thank Jeremy_C_MH
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I came with the bus from Takayama station. The bus takes around 50 minutes and drives through some beautiful valleys. It can be a good idea to make a reservation for a seat back if you have an idea how much time you will spend...More

Thank Mark_Daemen
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Bought bus ticket from Takayama Station, it took 50mins to reach the village. Suggested to bring umbrella as the village has limited shelter.

Thank KianKhiang
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Beautiful to see the Gassho-Style Houses, built more than 250yrs ago, steep thatched roofs to withstand heavy snow, beautiful scenery of Moutains, if you would like to stop & have a tea there are some quaint little cafes in the original...More

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Kevin P
8 May 2018|
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Response from Hitchcock2 | Reviewed this property |
Cannot help, we were on a guided tour with a bus...sorry
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Justine A
2 April 2018|
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Response from Deborah S | Reviewed this property |
I was there last year (2017) the first week of November, the changing of the leaves were at their peak.
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Naomi326
18 March 2018|
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Response from Justine A |
I believe it does start snowing around this time. If you want live updates, their FB page has videos uploaded when the snow starts falling. Last year (2017) it started snowing as early as mid November.
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