The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses

The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses

The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
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  • Andy F
    Devizes, United Kingdom1,252 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Like An Alpine Village
    Definitely a place to visit. For a European, it looks like a SWiss or Austrian alpine village. Lots to see and do in and among the house. Toilets, cafe, small shops. Idyllic-looking place, but probably very harsh in the winter snows.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 September 2023
  • MarkKwok
    136 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful place to visit
    I took the Nohi highway bus from Toyama (Bay #1 at Toyama Station South Exit). Tickets can be purchased online one month in advance. The fare is 2400 yen one way. There are no round trip tickets and must be purchased as two single trips. The confirmation email is the ticket. It's best to print it and show it to the driver. Seat numbers are assigned and set out in the email. Shirakawa-Go is absolutely beautiful. It's true that there are lots of tourists but there's a reason. It is big enough that each person still gets a lot of personal space. There is an observation area which is some 10 to 15 mins walk uphill. It's an easy walk. If not, there's a shuttle but it's not frequent so might as well do the walk. After you reach the top, lots of tourists gather at one area to take the iconic shot. Keep going up couple more minutes and there is a rest area with restaurant and another area to take photos. Down at the village, there are many places for take-out snacks and people who don't have much time ending up eating on the benches outside those take-out joints. There are some small restaurants. I noticed some people joining the queue, forgetting that at Japanese restaurants, one has to write their names and party size on a board at the restaurant entrance. Even if you line up, if you don't write your name, you won't be called. There are some houses opened for visits for a small fee. I recommend visiting at least one. I spent half a day there and really enjoyed my time there.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 November 2023
  • liucy752
    Taipei, Taiwan1,545 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Like a fairy tale scenery
    A place that looks straight out of a fairy tale. It’s simply stunning and breathtaking.  The snow scene in winter (especially night view) is the most famous. Unfortunately, the snow was half gone when we visited. However, the scenery was still awesome. It is highly recommended to walk up to the observation point on the hill. You can enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of Gassho Village along the way. It is also great to pay to enter to visit the cottages to learn about its architecture and people's residences.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 January 2024
  • Mitsuki S
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Shirakawa Village
    My visit to Shirakawa Village in October was truly enjoyable. As someone who appreciates peaceful experiences, I found it to be a serene getaway. I would definitely suggest it to others who are seeking a tranquil atmosphere amidst beautiful scenery.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 February 2024
  • Johnstanno
    Singapore, Singapore509 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful UNESCO site to spend a whole day
    We reach early at around 8+am (from Takayama) and luckily us, the tour groups are not here yet so we have at least an hour of peaceful walk. Beautiful houses, which look like a praying hand. A must to go! As it gets crowded, it is hard to take solo photos with the houses if you don't want others in your photo. My suggestion is to head to the open-air museum at the far side of the village if you have time as hardly anyone goes there.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 June 2024
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Johnstanno
Singapore, Singapore509 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We reach early at around 8+am (from Takayama) and luckily us, the tour groups are not here yet so we have at least an hour of peaceful walk. Beautiful houses, which look like a praying hand. A must to go!

As it gets crowded, it is hard to take solo photos with the houses if you don't want others in your photo. My suggestion is to head to the open-air museum at the far side of the village if you have time as hardly anyone goes there.
Written 2 June 2024
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Mitsuki S
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
My visit to Shirakawa Village in October was truly enjoyable. As someone who appreciates peaceful experiences, I found it to be a serene getaway. I would definitely suggest it to others who are seeking a tranquil atmosphere amidst beautiful scenery.
Written 21 February 2024
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liucy752
Taipei, Taiwan1,545 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
A place that looks straight out of a fairy tale. It’s simply stunning and breathtaking. 

The snow scene in winter (especially night view) is the most famous. Unfortunately, the snow was half gone when we visited. However, the scenery was still awesome.

It is highly recommended to walk up to the observation point on the hill. You can enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of Gassho Village along the way.

It is also great to pay to enter to visit the cottages to learn about its architecture and people's residences.
Written 20 January 2024
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MarkKwok
Vancouver136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
I took the Nohi highway bus from Toyama (Bay #1 at Toyama Station South Exit). Tickets can be purchased online one month in advance. The fare is 2400 yen one way. There are no round trip tickets and must be purchased as two single trips. The confirmation email is the ticket. It's best to print it and show it to the driver. Seat numbers are assigned and set out in the email.

Shirakawa-Go is absolutely beautiful. It's true that there are lots of tourists but there's a reason. It is big enough that each person still gets a lot of personal space. There is an observation area which is some 10 to 15 mins walk uphill. It's an easy walk. If not, there's a shuttle but it's not frequent so might as well do the walk. After you reach the top, lots of tourists gather at one area to take the iconic shot. Keep going up couple more minutes and there is a rest area with restaurant and another area to take photos.

Down at the village, there are many places for take-out snacks and people who don't have much time ending up eating on the benches outside those take-out joints. There are some small restaurants. I noticed some people joining the queue, forgetting that at Japanese restaurants, one has to write their names and party size on a board at the restaurant entrance. Even if you line up, if you don't write your name, you won't be called.

There are some houses opened for visits for a small fee. I recommend visiting at least one.

I spent half a day there and really enjoyed my time there.
Written 6 November 2023
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Peter K
Ryde, Australia517 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
A very interesting insight into feudal Japan and how most people lived. Fantastic to see authentic history preserved.

Although it is very much a tourist trap with the usual souvenirs and food shops it shows another side of Japan.
Written 23 October 2023
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chardmanarch
Seattle, Washington10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Magical experience exploring traditional Japanese village.
Many little paths and buildings to explore.
Written 6 October 2023
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Andy F
Devizes, UK1,252 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Definitely a place to visit. For a European, it looks like a SWiss or Austrian alpine village. Lots to see and do in and among the house. Toilets, cafe, small shops. Idyllic-looking place, but probably very harsh in the winter snows.
Written 30 September 2023
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Mark
Queenstown, New Zealand3,039 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
I remember seeing this village on YouTube with NHK, I was absolutely gob smacked to see such a beautiful place still existed in this day and age, there aren’t many places of history left that are still inhabited like Shirakawa go.
Written 24 July 2023
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Manc_7
London, UK208 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Visited May 2023. Had high hopes... we waited about 20 minutes for car parking. I am not sure why they were limiting cars coming in as the car park was only about 25% full. There were a lot of coaches though so perhaps they were limiting numbers in the village.

Parking is not crazy expensive its 1000 yen. We crossed the bridge over the river and went into the village and started to have a look around. Its pretty dont get me wrong, but its mostly rice fields and of course the houses.

Within 5 minutes I was stood on a small bridge and looked down and at my feet about 6 inches away was a massive snake, about 6 or 7 feet and about 3 inches thick.

Ok, just back away.... I have a pretty bad phobia so it was really not a good start but we carried on, was probably a one off, right?

Ten minutes later another crawls out right in front of me at my feet. Turn round to go back and another on the path!

If there had just been signs I would have not gone in. Or at least been ready.

I know Japan has snakes but that many in such a small place there really should be signs. Took me a few days to get over it.
Written 5 June 2023
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Genevieve L
Perth, Australia11 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
What an expensive waste of time! The bus fare is exorbitant for a 50 minute trip (¥52,000 per person, def a tourist rip-off) and when you get there there are a number of thatched houses, some pretty bulbs and that’s it other than the shops. Half an hour and you’re ready to leave again.
Written 13 April 2023
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