Things to Do in Shirakawa-mura with Kids

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Things to Do in Shirakawa-mura with Kids

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  • Johnstanno
    Singapore, Singapore509 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We reach early at around 8+am (from Takayama) and luckily us, the tour groups are not here yet so we have at least an hour of peaceful walk. Beautiful houses, which look like a praying hand. A must to go!

    As it gets crowded, it is hard to take solo photos with the houses if you don't want others in your photo. My suggestion is to head to the open-air museum at the far side of the village if you have time as hardly anyone goes there.
    Written 2 June 2024
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  • ZenDark30
    Portland, OR4,265 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is not a theme park, it’s a real life functioning village listed by UNESCO as a heritage site. Here, the community has retained the traditional architecture of thatched roofs and wooden buildings.

    It’s fun to walk around, eat soba and take photos. There’s dozens of your buses or you can drive yourself.
    Written 14 November 2023
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  • SOH KIEN PENG
    Singapore, Singapore9,240 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We came here after visiting Takayama Old Town. It was drizzling when we arrived here and the whole place was cold and appeared misty. The wind was blowing strong when we crossed the suspension bridge towards the rural village. The toilets at the Visitor Information Centre were crowded as many were putting on their raincoats.

    Shirakawago, a mountainous village in Central Japan, is listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and a must-go tourist destination if you are in this part of the country. It is renowned for her steeply sloped thatched roofs Gassho-style houses which resembled hands meeting in prayer.

    Mistaken by her exterior appearance, I thought they resemble more like our Attap houses in Malaysia and Singapore and was wondering if our attap houses should also be designated as cultural heritage exhibits. But the tour guide corrected me that these houses are architectural masterpieces as no nail was used in their construction. The wooden beams just slot in with perfect equilibrium without affecting the stability of the structure. The last time I heard of a similar heritage structure which was built without a nail was the Temple of Heaven in Beijing.

    Shirakawago is the snowiest place on our planet as the village received almost 400 inches of snow annually while New York in USA (the snowiest place in US) only received 120 inches of snow. The steeply sloped roof of the houses facilitated the accumulated snow to fall away easily without engulfing the house in snow.

    During winter, the village looks scenic and picturesque with dimly lit snow shrouded houses surrounded by snowcapped mountains. It was not an ideal month to come in May as the stunning beauty of this village is best captured in winter. Nevertheless, the rural beauty is pristine and the village historic.

    The panoramic view from the overlooking mountain would be awesome but we do not have the luxury of time as the driver need to reach the hotel at Kanazawa by 5 pm. We spent about two hours at this village, slowly walking and enjoying the rustic scenery.

    If there is a chance, I will come again in winter.
    Written 3 June 2024
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  • Johnstanno
    Singapore, Singapore509 contributions
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    I think this is a must go! This is our first point upon arrival at Shirakawago. We walk up the hill to the observatory in about 15mins I think. It is inclined but doable. From here, you can view the whole village and take a rest. There is phototaking service which they give you a small photo for free but charge you if you want a bigger version.
    Written 4 June 2024
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  • PandaHouston
    Houston, TX6,128 contributions
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    Ogimachi Village is considered the largest village in Shirakawa-Go. If you walk up to the observatory, you can see the entire village. The walk to the observatory isn't too difficult and won't take you more than 20 minutes.

    We came on January 4 and unfortunately there wasn't any snow.
    Written 11 January 2020
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  • nadi
    Israel1,296 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice bridge to start or to finish the visit in Shiragawa which is a must for visitors in Japan. The place is a World Heritage site and worth a visit.
    The bridge is specially nice when the river below is flowing heavily.
    Written 29 November 2019
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  • Wichuta R
    91 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    At 5.00 p.m. on Monday, all shops were closed. Luckily, the rest room were still opened and still very clean. Very closed to the village, it is so convenience.
    Written 1 June 2016
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  • YTCHENG
    Hong Kong, China15,401 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    In strolling round the village, it is found that one of the village house has been converted into a small resting house for visitors. It is free of charge and there are tatami inside. Outside the house, there are some "toys" for tourists to set as background for photo-taking.
    Written 14 December 2017
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