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“Memorable Experience at Shirakawago” 5 of 5 stars
Review of World Heritage Shirakawago Gassho Frame Housing Community

World Heritage Shirakawago Gassho Frame Housing Community
Ogimachi, Shirakawa-mura, Ono-gun, Gifu Prefecture 501-5627, Japan
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Type: Historic Sites, Lookouts, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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“Memorable Experience at Shirakawago”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

We arrived at Shirakawago by bus from Takayama. It was a 45 mins bus ride. The bus took us through mountain tunnels and bridges. Takayama was cold, but when we arrived at Shirakawago, it was snowing. The snow clad Gassho Zukuri houses were a sight to behold. We have never seen these houses before. Together with the mountain forest as the background, they formed a picturesque scene.
Definitely, great experience especially with the snow.

Visited December 2012
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“overrated”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

This place is totally overrated. We can't understand why most guidebooks rate it so highly and even recommend an overnight stay. About the most beautiful sight is the bridge that leads to the village. The houses are unique but they are scattered among some modern buildings. The 50 minute ride there is also expensive.

Visited November 2012
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“World heritage! Very unique!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

World heritage, very unique! Beautiful scene! Really worth to go. Go up to the hill lookout to see the whole picture of the village. The scenary just as beautiful as a postcard!

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“A must-see world heritage site”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

We spent a little under 40 minutes here during a brief bus stop on our way from Takayama to Kanazawa. In hindsight, this place would've been worth a visit of at least a whole morning, or even perhaps overnight in the farmhouses.

Around a 50 minute bus ride from Takayama, the area is a world heritage site with surviving farm houses located among rice paddies and canals (where carp swim through), and constructed in a similar manner to English medieval thatched houses. Once the bus turns off the main highway, meanders down a valley into the ravine, and you walk across the rope bridge into the village, it feels like you've stepped back in time (albeit traces of modern civilisation such as Japanese vending machines and satellite dishes attached to some of the farmhouses!)

It was a really beautiful place and truly remarkable. If you are in the area, then this has to be a must-see. Take the Nohi bus from the bus station next to Takayama JR station. There are several which go back and forth from this site every day. Don't make the mistake of doing a rush trip here - take the time to enjoy this area!

Visited September 2012
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“A must see.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

We went to see this housing community in April. It was so amazing to see this kind of things in real life. I belive many of you have already seen many pictures of this Gassho community, but believe me, it's nothing comparing to the real stuffs.
We stayed at Kanazawa and rode a bus there. It took us around 2 hours to go there on beautiful highway of Japan. There were still some snow left on the mountain along the way and we found if very enjoyable. Once we got there, the tourist information center staffs were very helpful and provided us with maps in many languages. They even had map in Thai language. So, don't worry if you can't read japanese, there is very high chance that you might end up having map in your hand in your own language.

The whole housing community was not too big. So everyone can enjoy walking along the path and enjoy the view. To go to the picture spot on the mountain, you can choose to walk or take a short bus trip. We took the bus to the top and walked down, which was extremely enjoyable.

If you like what you see in the pictures, go and see for yourself. You wouldn't regret it.

Visited April 2012
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