Shirakawa-go is the region line the Shogawa River Valley in the remote mountains that span from Gifu to Toyama Prefectures.
How to Get There
It's almost the of Winter but for you who still want to taste snow, I recommend you to visit Shirakawa-Go. Shirakawa-Go is located in Gifu Prefecture, Japan. After visit Osaka, I take train from Osaka to Kanazawa Station then take bus from Kanazawa to Shirakawago. During the trip, you'll see white view of snow. White hills, casuarina tree with snow on the branch and the roadside full of snow.
What to Do
Shirakawa-go is the region line the Shogawa River Valley in the remote mountains that span from Gifu to Toyama Prefectures. In 1995, it's declared a UNESCO worlds heritage site because of their famous traditional Gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old.
In Japanesse, Gassho-zukuri means constructed like hands in prayer, as the farmhouses' steep thatched roofs resemble the hands of Buddhist monks pressed together in prayer. The architectural style developed over many generations and is designed to withstand the large amounts of heavy snow that falls in the region during winter. The roofs was made without nails, provided a large attic space used for cultivating silkworms. The best way to experience this little town is stay overnight at one of the farmhouses.
It's like in Winter Wonderland, as far as you can see is white. The farmhouses are very beautiful with snow on the roofs, river with the snow and the white hills. But I can see the blue sky during my visit. Such a wonderful view!
Video by TokyoStreetView - Japan The Beautiful
Tips and Trick
Shirakawa-go is very amazing, isn't it? are you interest to go there? here some tips I'd like to share before you go:
- Online booking bus to Shirakawa-go before you go there. You can check it here.
- Wear boot, gloves, winter coat and earplugs.
- Stay at this farmhouses to feel snow experience in this Wonderland.
- Bring camera for capturing moment.
- Bring your own medicine