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The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Traditional Houses in the Gassho Style
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Amazing Village”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2013

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.

Visited March 2013
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“Go to Shirakawa-go”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

In April 2013, the snow was still thick in Shirakawa go... The snow between the well preserved high roof-traditional houses, between trees in pine forrest and in the yard created a beautiful scenery.
There were small shops offering Japanese snacks, cookies, beef satay and soft ice cream as well as Japanese omiyage.
A pity that we did not stay overnight there. We heard it'd be more beautiful during the night when illuminating light decorate the houses.

Visited April 2013
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Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands
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“Village, part of Unesco Heritage”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2013

It might be because of the time of the year (March, temperature still at freezing and many shops and restaurants not open) but one can "do" the village is half an hour, and by visiting the museum, one gets a very good idea about the way the houses are built and what the attraction is all about. If going through the Japanes alps, make a stop, but do not plan a trip becaus of it.

Visited March 2013
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Zushi, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2013

Hust like any historic village, for the site to survive and be protected it needs to become profitable. Shirakawa-go mura is no different. With its World Heritage status it is surviving, but it lost some of its charm with the crowds and the souvenir shops. However there is a small piece of the village that still retains some of its step-back in charm - the folk museum. The crowds are more interested in the main street with its shops, so stay away from the museum.
It was great to walk through the snow and marvel at the old steep-roofed thatched houses. All were well maintained and they could be entered as well. Got some beautiful photographs.

Visited February 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Like a fairy tale village!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2013

We visited Shirakawago for a one-night homestay, arriving in the late afternoon, and leaving the following afternoon. I had never seen falling snow before, and this was the place to do it! I was thrilled enough by the first few flakes on our first night, but awakening the next morning to a massive dump of powdery white snow was truly magnificent. Staying in town meant we were onsite before the day-trippers and bus-tours arrived, meaning we had a pristine environment around us from the previous night's snowfall. Truly one of the most picturesque places I have ever been. There is little in the way of English translations within the Gassho House Museum itself (ie all video presentations are in Japanese, obviously, but no headphones or subtitles available), but the scenery and photography opportunities made it an amazing place to visit anyway. The outdoor nature of this site (you walk around a community of old, thatched roof farmhouses) and the heavy snow makes this site unsuitable for people in wheelchairs, or using pushers or prams during winter. It is located very close to the bus station, where these is bathrooms, luggage storage and vending machines, and there is a shop / food outlet at the entrance to the park. An easy day trip from Takyama, the bus ride in is about 30-45 minutes from memory.

Visited January 2013
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