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Worth The Trip!

We left Takayama by bus headed to Kanazawa and had no idea this place existed. Our travel agent... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Sus C
San Diego, California
Famous Gasho zukuri houses, stunning landscape

We visited Shirakwago from Kanazawa and planned north Japan especially to see this beautiful world... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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2495-3 Ogimachi, Shirakawa-mura, Ono-gun 501-5627, Gifu Prefecture
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We left Takayama by bus headed to Kanazawa and had no idea this place existed. Our travel agent picked our cities and stops based on our wanting to see nature and staying out of big cities. This is like traveling back in time!

Thank Sus C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Shirakwago from Kanazawa and planned north Japan especially to see this beautiful world heritage site. Make sure you have bookings in advance as we had to struggle last minute to find a place on bus. You may plan your visit either from Kanazawa...More

Thank AmitChanda29
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Get the map from information counter & you may explore the entire village by walking from Shirakawa-go bus station. Suggested to bring umbrella as there is limited shelter. Time needed to explore the entire village about 2hours.

Thank KianKhiang
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were staying in Kanazawa, and were recommended to visit Shirakawago, by a local guide. We booked the tickets at the bus station, next to the Kanazawa Train Station. We had reserved seats there and back, with strict timings. It was all so easy. We...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Worth a visit and definitely an overnight stay so as to enjoy the quiet once the daytime tourist invasion has departed. During the day the flood of tourists and the industry surrounding them mars this otherwise charming site.

Thank Harry R
Reviewed June 2, 2018

We went the expensive way, because we wanted to walk around at our own pace and not be rushed by a coach trip. We asked our hotel (Nikko Kanazawa) to find a guide (20,000¥ for 6 hours) and taxi driver (34,000¥ for 6 hours plus...More

Thank Honestcouple
Reviewed May 25, 2018

I start from toyama by bus and travel about 1.5 hours long. The village is beautiful, clean and tidy. Before I arrived at shirakawago, I imagine I could relax enjoying the scenery and see the life of the locals, But I am wrong, shirakawago is...More

Thank ivy_liem
Reviewed May 24, 2018 via mobile

Went to Shirakawa-go last week. It’s amazing! It’s definitely a must do when you are in the area. However, I HIGHLY recommend you go in the morning! By about 11:00, it is packed! We went on a half day morning tour and a half day...More

Thank yakabl
Reviewed May 23, 2018

The best time to see this beautiful village is early or late, as most of the tourists come by bus and stay elsewhere. Our group was small enough to take two guest houses. Beautiful timber and thatched buildings.

Thank Charlie S
Reviewed April 8, 2018 via mobile

This is the larger village compared the other 2 in Gokayama and it is also the most popular. Visited on 25 Mar. Weather was perfect and there were still snow on the ground. Although there were many people, this place is big and hence doesn't...More

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February 12, 2018|
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Response from YTCHENG | Reviewed this property |
Temperature in Shirakawago by end March/early April is still cold between 5C to 12C. For tourists/photo-takers, do visit the area early in the morning session unless you prepare to stay there overnight.
james f
June 10, 2017|
Response from Lucas M | Reviewed this property |
You need to get a train to Toyama, change for a train to Takayama and then take a bus to Shirakawago. Not a pleasant experience, since it will take 4 to 5 hours one-way. > And how long should I stay to see the sights? It... More