1Shirakawa-go’s Traditional Japanese Architecture / Fireplace Experience
Shirakawa’s Traditional thatched roof house, found hidden by grand mountains in Gifu Prefecture.
The origin of these magnificent and characteristic thatched roofs lie in that of buddhism, they are created in the shape you make with your hands when worshipping and praying. There are currently many people living within these traditionally thatched roof houses, all of whom are coexisting with the countryside’s nature itself.
The scenes that can be seen here during the four seasons, the thatched roofs, the water paddies, and the magnificent mountains in the background, you cannot find a more Japanese countryside anywhere else in the world.
If you take a walk to the nearby Shiroyama Park Observation Deck, you’re able to look down onto the entire settlement, certainly a splendid view we’re sure you’ll agree. The well-known “Wada House” and “Kanda House” are still being used privately to this day, however, part of the houses are open to the public, allowing you to experience what living in the countryside traditionally is like.
Shirakawa-go’s Traditional Japanese Architecture
- ●Approx. 50 minutes via bus from Takayama Station
- ●Automobile: Approx 5 minutes after leaving at Shirakawago IC
- *Direct route bus available from Nagoya
(Approx. 2 hours 40 minutes via Gifu bus from Nagoya)