For many years, Shirakawa-Go (Shirakawa Village) has been named as “unexplored region” and “isolated island” due to its mountainous surroundings and heavy snowfalls in the winter for access.
Recently, the peace of the village has been broken by tourists from all over the world, thanks to the hard work of Japan Tourism Board and UNESCO World Heritage Site’s recognition.
Renowned for its Gassho Style traditional houses aged over 250 years old, Shirakawa-Go houses a population of 1,700 people approximately. Gassho style houses are built from wooden beams that support the steeply sloped and thatched roofs, that meet at a high peak, and are said to resemble two hands meeting in prayer. Hence the name “Gassho”.
Shirakawa-Go can be reached by:
1. Highway buses from Nagoya Bus Station
2. JR Train to Takayama Station, and local bus