Shirakawago
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  • vickicork
    Tampa, Florida419 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see if in Japan
    Beautiful place, if possible have to make part of your Japan itinerary .we took the Nohi bus from Takayama station there and I was a bit worried as we did not have reserved seats on the bus , I had tried to book them before leaving but they were all gone so we took the non reserved bus there . Left our bags at the luggage storage at the station and walked in town for 3 hours , took a shuttle to the town overlook , went inside one of the old houses and just walked everywhere . Stunning scenery . We then took the Nohi bus which I had already reserved on to Kanazawa .
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 December 2023
  • Zfy Ed
    Singapore, Singapore10,102 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great revisit experience and it's still so beautiful as before!
    We have visited this place before and I have also reviewed this place previously and so I will keep this one "short and sweet". This time round, we allocated more time here as previously we only stopped by here for about an hour (after our visit to Takayama Old Town) but didn't have much time to roam the place. We arrived slightly before 3pm. Weather was cold (but it was much colder later on when the sun set) but the river had not fully frozen like in our previous trip. It was quite comfortable to walk under the sun and yet very cold condition. More shops were opened as it was weekday (our previous visit was on a Sunday and many shops were closed then). So we could walk around and shop for local foods and souvenirs. We loved the scenery, lots of greenery and beautiful cottage houses, and our mother nature was just right around us! Surely it was a wonderful revisiting trip on this UNESCO World Heritage site! Definitely worth it!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 January 2024
  • Harry
    Manila, Philippines131 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Place and wonderful people around
    Visited the village yesterday and stayed overnight. Its a wonderful place. I love the weather and the snow experience. Meet few local and they are all warm and welcoming people. We stay at koshiyama guesthouse and it was good place. A ten mins walk from bus station. I love japan coz its all discipline people. As tourist, please be discipline too. Im’ sharing my photos. I love the winter experience in Shirakawago and would love to visit the village in spring and autumn for sure.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 25 January 2024
  • Erico2709
    Singapore, Singapore2,400 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    More beautiful during winter
    The UNESCO preserved town is not very big so you are able to cover quite a lot of land. However, that's assuming you are not entering any of the houses for tour. One can also take a 20-min (uphill) climb to the observatory or take the 10-min bus shuttle up there. Still feel that winter snow covered roof is still more iconic for this place.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 February 2024
  • Jun-B daily
    Quezon City, Philippines123 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Shirakawa go December 2023
    Went December 2023. We took a bus from Kanazawa JR station and should’ve taken just an hour but snow and ice in the road made it over 2 hours limiting our stay in the village. Was able to visit during the warmer months but this place is better with the snow. It’s a bit more magical. There’s food places but really just snacking is best so you can walk the entire area. Try to go real early and get the latest bus you can back and just surround yourself in the village as long as possible. Bus tickets better to get a day ahead so you can choose the going and return times. They get real full during peak seasons so better be prepared to make last minute decisions. Oh and always bring a plastic bag to keep your waste on you and please throw it properly at the bus station. There’s also toilets but not so much around the main village itself. It is a place where people work and have their homes and not just an attraction site. As heritage sites go it’s worth the visit if your in the area
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 March 2024
  • juritan777456
    Singapore, Singapore171 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical place in Gifu area.
    Amazing World Unesco Heritage site. Highly recommended to visit if you have some time while in Gifu area. The place is really like a fairy tale and everything is so refreshing. Would like to suggest to visitors to keep their noise level down and be considerate to the residents living there and also to bring back your own trash. Such a beautiful place should be preserved and protected by everyone.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 March 2024
  • Michael D
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful trip well worth the time & money
    The one day bus trip to Shirakagoo was fantastic. The provided authentic Japanese lunch was great. It was a smaller internationally mixed group speaking English with a knowledgeable/practical guide. Departure and return times worked well for us.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 April 2024
  • Julie S
    344 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful village.
    This World Heritage Site is really worth visiting. There are some wonderful buildings with steep thatched roofs and we had a lovely time wandering around. There were lots of cafes and shops which weren't too expensive and I bought some lovely souvenirs. We also went in the Wada house which is a lovely example of a Japanese house.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 May 2024
  • Travellover0773
    Singapore, Singapore147 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My dream place!
    It has been on my bucket list and I was excited with my visit. Extremely beautiful and peaceful place to visit during January. If you wished to see the winter light up, make sure you reserved the slot far in advance. I was too late when started to plan for it thus missed the yearly light up event. Very easily accessible by the local bus. If you would like to enjoyed the village wholeheartedly, you need to have more than half a day to slowly appreciate the beauty of it.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 May 2024
  • SOH KIEN PENG
    Singapore, Singapore9,227 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pristine and rustic
    We came here after visiting Takayama Old Town. It was drizzling when we arrived here and the whole place was cold and appeared misty. The wind was blowing strong when we crossed the suspension bridge towards the rural village. The toilets at the Visitor Information Centre were crowded as many were putting on their raincoats. Shirakawago, a mountainous village in Central Japan, is listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and a must-go tourist destination if you are in this part of the country. It is renowned for her steeply sloped thatched roofs Gassho-style houses which resembled hands meeting in prayer. Mistaken by her exterior appearance, I thought they resemble more like our Attap houses in Malaysia and Singapore and was wondering if our attap houses should also be designated as cultural heritage exhibits. But the tour guide corrected me that these houses are architectural masterpieces as no nail was used in their construction. The wooden beams just slot in with perfect equilibrium without affecting the stability of the structure. The last time I heard of a similar heritage structure which was built without a nail was the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. Shirakawago is the snowiest place on our planet as the village received almost 400 inches of snow annually while New York in USA (the snowiest place in US) only received 120 inches of snow. The steeply sloped roof of the houses facilitated the accumulated snow to fall away easily without engulfing the house in snow. During winter, the village looks scenic and picturesque with dimly lit snow shrouded houses surrounded by snowcapped mountains. It was not an ideal month to come in May as the stunning beauty of this village is best captured in winter. Nevertheless, the rural beauty is pristine and the village historic. The panoramic view from the overlooking mountain would be awesome but we do not have the luxury of time as the driver need to reach the hotel at Kanazawa by 5 pm. We spent about two hours at this village, slowly walking and enjoying the rustic scenery. If there is a chance, I will come again in winter.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 June 2024
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SOH KIEN PENG
Singapore, Singapore9,227 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
We came here after visiting Takayama Old Town. It was drizzling when we arrived here and the whole place was cold and appeared misty. The wind was blowing strong when we crossed the suspension bridge towards the rural village. The toilets at the Visitor Information Centre were crowded as many were putting on their raincoats.

Shirakawago, a mountainous village in Central Japan, is listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and a must-go tourist destination if you are in this part of the country. It is renowned for her steeply sloped thatched roofs Gassho-style houses which resembled hands meeting in prayer.

Mistaken by her exterior appearance, I thought they resemble more like our Attap houses in Malaysia and Singapore and was wondering if our attap houses should also be designated as cultural heritage exhibits. But the tour guide corrected me that these houses are architectural masterpieces as no nail was used in their construction. The wooden beams just slot in with perfect equilibrium without affecting the stability of the structure. The last time I heard of a similar heritage structure which was built without a nail was the Temple of Heaven in Beijing.

Shirakawago is the snowiest place on our planet as the village received almost 400 inches of snow annually while New York in USA (the snowiest place in US) only received 120 inches of snow. The steeply sloped roof of the houses facilitated the accumulated snow to fall away easily without engulfing the house in snow.

During winter, the village looks scenic and picturesque with dimly lit snow shrouded houses surrounded by snowcapped mountains. It was not an ideal month to come in May as the stunning beauty of this village is best captured in winter. Nevertheless, the rural beauty is pristine and the village historic.

The panoramic view from the overlooking mountain would be awesome but we do not have the luxury of time as the driver need to reach the hotel at Kanazawa by 5 pm. We spent about two hours at this village, slowly walking and enjoying the rustic scenery.

If there is a chance, I will come again in winter.
Written 3 June 2024
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Travellover0773
Singapore, Singapore147 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
It has been on my bucket list and I was excited with my visit. Extremely beautiful and peaceful place to visit during January. If you wished to see the winter light up, make sure you reserved the slot far in advance. I was too late when started to plan for it thus missed the yearly light up event.

Very easily accessible by the local bus. If you would like to enjoyed the village wholeheartedly, you need to have more than half a day to slowly appreciate the beauty of it.
Written 22 May 2024
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Julie S
mossley344 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
This World Heritage Site is really worth visiting. There are some wonderful buildings with steep thatched roofs and we had a lovely time wandering around. There were lots of cafes and shops which weren't too expensive and I bought some lovely souvenirs. We also went in the Wada house which is a lovely example of a Japanese house.
Written 14 May 2024
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Michael D
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The one day bus trip to Shirakagoo was fantastic. The provided authentic Japanese lunch was great. It was a smaller internationally mixed group speaking English with a knowledgeable/practical guide. Departure and return times worked well for us.
Written 18 April 2024
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Jake Lee
Baldivis, Australia71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
The Village Shirakawa-go village is a lovely place in Japan. The village itself is a nice place for sightseeing and exploring how people live in area.
Written 27 March 2024
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juritan777456
Singapore, Singapore171 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Amazing World Unesco Heritage site. Highly recommended to visit if you have some time while in Gifu area. The place is really like a fairy tale and everything is so refreshing. Would like to suggest to visitors to keep their noise level down and be considerate to the residents living there and also to bring back your own trash. Such a beautiful place should be preserved and protected by everyone.
Written 3 March 2024
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Jun-B daily
Quezon City, Philippines123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Went December 2023. We took a bus from Kanazawa JR station and should’ve taken just an hour but snow and ice in the road made it over 2 hours limiting our stay in the village.

Was able to visit during the warmer months but this place is better with the snow. It’s a bit more magical. There’s food places but really just snacking is best so you can walk the entire area.

Try to go real early and get the latest bus you can back and just surround yourself in the village as long as possible.

Bus tickets better to get a day ahead so you can choose the going and return times. They get real full during peak seasons so better be prepared to make last minute decisions.

Oh and always bring a plastic bag to keep your waste on you and please throw it properly at the bus station. There’s also toilets but not so much around the main village itself. It is a place where people work and have their homes and not just an attraction site.

As heritage sites go it’s worth the visit if your in the area
Written 2 March 2024
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Considered Review
Norwich, UK1,101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Approached across a splendid pedestrian bridge this curious place reeks with evaporating morning dew and creeks with carp in and ancient rickety houses and the residents watch the many tourists with quiet amusement. It's a lovely place with houses, museums, cafes and shops.
Written 28 February 2024
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Erico2709
Singapore, Singapore2,400 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
The UNESCO preserved town is not very big so you are able to cover quite a lot of land. However, that's assuming you are not entering any of the houses for tour. One can also take a 20-min (uphill) climb to the observatory or take the 10-min bus shuttle up there. Still feel that winter snow covered roof is still more iconic for this place.
Written 22 February 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Harry
Manila, Philippines131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Visited the village yesterday and stayed overnight. Its a wonderful place. I love the weather and the snow experience. Meet few local and they are all warm and welcoming people. We stay at koshiyama guesthouse and it was good place. A ten mins walk from bus station. I love japan coz its all discipline people. As tourist, please be discipline too. Im’ sharing my photos. I love the winter experience in Shirakawago and would love to visit the village in spring and autumn for sure.
Written 25 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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