Amazing village to visit. you need to know a little bit of the history to fully appreciate the village.
As this is a fully functioning village to date, please do not expect to see perfect building or architectural here.. for example you might see a ladder hanging outside the most of the Gassho Frame House.
The famous straw bale roof only last 30 year. to replace those straw bale roof it cost AUD$200000.00 for just one house. Japan government does subsidy 75% of the cost but it is still expensive for the poor farmer who willing to stay in this small, almost isolated, but full of history & culture village. 300 population with only one primary school, no supermarket and no 7 eleven.
i really don't know how much longer this village will last. of course i wish it will last forever. for our next generation to see this beautiful village.
The river and street drain are so clean you can see many rainbow trout swimming in the drain. (not the river) ha ha..
why the transportation are so expensive to get there??? let me explain. before this new highway was built.. it took 5 hours from Takayama to Shirakawago and now only take 50 minute.
for all the above reason I'm strongly recommended this place.
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