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Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory

Open Now: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Open today: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Easy Walk

It is an easy walk to the observatory. Well worth the walk for the beautiful views of the village... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sydney, Australia
Nice viewpoint

Either walk, uphill, 20 minutes or pay 200 yen each way. Pretty spot, no need to soend more then... read more

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

It is an easy walk to the observatory. Well worth the walk for the beautiful views of the village. It is only a 20 minute walk.

Thank cherylfwoodward
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Either walk, uphill, 20 minutes or pay 200 yen each way. Pretty spot, no need to soend more then 15 minutes

Thank cruisr
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ogimachi Observatory is part of the stopping place for Shirakawago tour by Nohi bus. In this place you can get the view of Shirakawago as a whole village. It woul be best viewed when there is snowing season. This is our afternoon stop for lunch....More

Thank ucartech
Reviewed August 7, 2018

The observation post is a steep, but safe 20 minute walk up the hill just behind the bus station. Or, you can hop on a bus and have it drive you up here. The real beauty of Shirakawago is up close - the rice paddies...More

Thank LucyKate
Reviewed July 26, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful scenery, traditional timber and thatched roof houses, stunning. Well worth a couple of hours. Worth knowing that bus station has storage for suitcases. We did as a stop over between Takayama and Kanazawa. Three hours will suffice.

Thank rolandmccormack
Reviewed July 20, 2018 via mobile

If you take the time and spend the money to visit the main site, I would definitely recommend forking over the 200 JPY per person per way to see the observatory. Buses leave every 20 minutes from the bottom and depart at 10, 30, and...More

Thank V M
Reviewed July 14, 2018

We arrived fairly early so there were lockers available to store our luggage for our half day excursion. Then a short wait for the small bus to the top.

Thank Sus C
Reviewed July 7, 2018 via mobile

Shurakawago observatory is located on top of mountain and is walkable distance from the town. Observatory provides some amazing views of the village with sunset in the background. Their is a small cafe on top and some small counters which serve traditional food items, surely...More

Thank AmitChanda29
Reviewed June 29, 2018

Took a tour. First stop is on top of the hill to get an overall view of the village. Fantastic. I can imagine how it looks in snow covered winter. Walk in the village with a guide is best as they describe the surroundings and...More

Thank Panda6551
Reviewed June 25, 2018

Come here in the morning, early morning is the best as it gets very crowded and cramped in the afternoon. Either drive up (do go up the right hill), or walk up, for about 20mins, (30 min round trip)

Thank Jeremy_C_MH
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Christina S
June 1, 2018|
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Response from 982petrinaj | Reviewed this property |
Our tour bus stopped at the observatory deck before going down to the village. 80 mins is not enough. We were given 2 hours and it still wasn’t enough. They do have overnight stays for 10000 Yen. I didn’t know that at that... More
Justine A
April 3, 2018|
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Response from D500QImatthewl | Reviewed this property |
As early as possible... colours best in late October...
March 16, 2018|
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Response from YTCHENG | Reviewed this property |
I don't think you can catch the shuttle after check-in and also it will be a bit dark after 4.30 pm for photo-shooting during the spring months. Nonetheless, it is absolutely safe and easy to walk uphill to the Observatory... More