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517 Hatogaya, Shirakawa-mura, Ono-gun 501-5629, Gifu Prefecture
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Shirakawago was the least charming place I have seen in Japan so far. A lot of tourists running around among houses with thatched roofs, terrible. No soul, no charm, just a lot of godforsaken tourist shops. Went to Myosenji Temple Kuri, one of the big...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed June 28, 2019

I have been there three times so far and my favorite was winter. There are several companies that book a ryokan for you and you can stay in one of these houses for a night. It takes a long time to get here. Back before...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Reviewed June 27, 2019 via mobile

This was a nice little village to visit and experience the different lifestyle. It was rich in cultural knowledge and stunning to capture some great pictures. I ventured off the beaten paths and came a cross a beautiful road with lovely cypress trees where I...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed June 19, 2019 via mobile

We decided to visit early morning Sirakawa-go village: the best we did because very few people and no souvenir sensation as the shops were closed. We enjoyed the long quiet visit, took pictures of the original houses, temples and the ditches everywhere. Nice morning visit:...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed May 16, 2019 via mobile

We went here on a day when it rained heavily (I suspect it does this a lot) but the rain did not get in the way of appreciating the beauty of the village. We arrived from Takeyama by bus having forwarded our luggage to our...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 2, 2019

Visited from Takayama and it was about 1 hour by bus and price was around 4400 yen. It was nice just to wander around town and see all the old houses. Observatory where you can see the whole town was also just a short walk...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed April 23, 2019 via mobile

I visited Shirakawago(ogimachi village) on January 2019. I took bus from Toyama, as it is much cheaper than taking bus from Takayama. But there are fewer bus from toyama. The village is well-preserved and unique. You might need to spend at least 4-5 hours. I...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed March 31, 2019 via mobile

We were there in a very poor weather, rain an snow, but still enjoyed it. The Gacsho houses are unique. It is recommended to visit at list one house from the inside. Very touristic but still a lovely place. It is nice for half a...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank yossir2015
Reviewed March 29, 2019 via mobile

We visited this by bus from Takayama bus station. First some comments about the bus: while wandering around Shirakawago is free, the cost of the return bus ride is quite substantial (4420 yen) and the service is quite infrequent, especially as many services are reservation...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed March 24, 2019 via mobile

We came here with our guide Hisa who gave us a lot of the history of this village and informed us on their way of life. There was a lot of tourists during the day while we visited, but I imagine it would be quite...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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August 15, 2019|
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Response from Lynda Y | Reviewed this property |
I think you don’t have to make a reservation but it is advised since places can fill quickly. There are two places of interest: the village and the view point that looks down on the village. This latter is a short walk from... More
July 14, 2019|
Response from Lynda Y | Reviewed this property |
I don’t know anything about the light up. We were disappointed with our daytime visit, but perhaps in January there will be more snow. We spent a few days in Kanazawa. We enjoyed the garden, the villa in it and the samurai... More
January 19, 2019|
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Response from jaylowe | Reviewed this property |
Most snow should've melted by mid April. So, the chances that you'd see snow aren't very high. There may be some remaining snow on the field, but it doesn't look nice.