Shirakawa-gō is nestled in the remote mountains of Gifu Prefecture. With Shogawa River Valley as its immediate neighbor, this historic region has several points of interests. Being a UNESCO World Heritage site makes Shirakawa-gō especially alluring if you wish to delve into Japan’s ancient culture. Dotted with 250-year old traditional gassho-zukuri (vernacular farmhouses) and stores that cultivate silkworms, the region is a beautiful testament to the old way of life in rural Japan. Shirakawa-gō receives heavy snowfall during winters, which sprinkles extra enchantment. Visit Ogimachi Village, one of Shirakawa-gō’s largest historic villages, during a winter weekend when the streets are especially lit up at night to highlight the magical sight of quaint, snow-laden roof. Other beautiful landmarks around Shirakawa-gō include Mount Haku, Three Amo Waterfalls and Hakusui Lake.


  • Heritage
  • Landscape


  • UNESCO World Heritage site of historic villages
  • Traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses e.g. Kanda house
  • Landscapes and historic mountain villages


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