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Ogimachi, Shirakawa-mura, Ono-gun 501-5627, Gifu Prefecture
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We did the one day JR Bus Tour from Kanazawa Station. This small town is well preserved and enjoyable for a few hours. Definitely worth catching the mini-bus to take you up the mountain side to a viewpoint. JPY200 per adult each way. Do yourself...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A village that was hidden from the world for centuries until a road was built in 1925 and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1995. Because of the heavy snowfalls the houses were built with a very steeply pitched A-frame thatched rood. The village...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You've got to be there to experience the surreal feeling of communing with an old village where nature communes with every tourist that passes by. Explore the place and visit the best shops, food hubs and old house as well.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went with family on December 30, 2018. It was total chaos! It was very crowded, paths were very slippery because of ice. If it’s snowing, make sure to bring your own clip on spikes! I’m not sure if you can buy them in local convenience...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ADesquitado
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Tip: Come only if you are certain it is snowing Just here last week. Rainy, wet. Honestly was disappointed after the 3 hr journey from Nagoya. Nothing to see from observatiry in this damp weather. Most restaurants and shops were closed. Pity the people who...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just recently visited Shirakawa-go with young children. Being from Indonesia we rarely see snow. As we arrived at the village the clouds closed around and 5 minutes into our walk in this unique village, it began to snow. Our walk was amazing, full of great...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed in Takayama and rented a Toyota Noah for this family trip to Shirakawa. This is cheaper than paying for 8 on a return ticket. We could also stop at places that we would like to for a picnic or photoshoot. Shirakawa was only...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Noseason
Reviewed December 16, 2018 via mobile

This was my first snow encounter. I felt lucky to have seen such a beautiful place filled with history. The snow made it look magical. It is true that it is very touristy but what can you do? Tourists made it this way. Just enjoy...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank wanderingdx
Reviewed December 13, 2018

This place is crowded with tourists. And along with it, all the shops that cater to them, operating out of the traditional houses. That said, it is very beautiful. Just don't expect this to be a real rural Japan experience. When the tour buses are...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed December 13, 2018

Japan has proven to me that it is totally possible to live a peaceful as well as a tranquil way of life, there is no need for anger, conflict, pollution and disunity...

Date of experience: December 2018
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December 25, 2018|
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Response from Wendy W | Reviewed this property |
Take the scenic route from tokyo to takashiyma, from there will be buses to go to Shirakawago. Two days would be perfect. If possible, book the bus trip online. A Few buses a day but always quite full...
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Response from wanderingdx | Reviewed this property |
1. Yes. It's possible. But it will be a tight schedule. 2. I went through this route this month. You can check the train schedule on hyperdia, its always accurate. Tokyo to Toyama 7:20 AM Shinkansen Kagayaki 503 (all... More