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About Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama

Nestled in Japan’s Chubu mountains, the historic villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama are considered national treasures. Ogimachi sits in the Shirakawa-go region and is home to more than 110 traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses. Ainokura and Suganuma are found in the Gokayama region and are smaller, yet just as enchanting. All three villages are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and offer a fascinating glimpse at life in the Edo period.

Things to Do

The historic villages are famous for their traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some more than 250 years old. With steeply pitched thatched roofs, they’re perfectly adapted to withstand Japan’s snowy winters.

Today, a string of Ogimachi’s gassho-zukuri houses have been converted into museums. One of the best is the Wada House, which was once the residence of one of Japan’s wealthiest silk trading family.

Feel like stretching your legs? The Shirakawa-go Viewpoint is just a 15-minute walk from Ogimachi village and unlocks sweeping views over the valley. Afterwards, head to the Shirakawa-go No Yu natural hot springs for a well-deserved soak.

While Ogimachi is the most popular village, Ainokura and Suganuma are just as special. Both are smaller and less developed, boasting an intimate atmosphere and fewer crowds. If you have extra time up your sleeve, they’re definitely worth the trip.

Getting Around

Thanks to Japan’s efficient public transport system, the historic villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama are easy to reach by bus. Ogimachi is just 50 minutes from Takayama, and slightly further from Kanazawa. Buses also run to Ainokura and Suganuma, though the trip takes a little longer and requires connections.

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Shiroyamakan

Shiroyamakan
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Shirakawa, Japan
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Located within the scenic countryside of Shirakawa, Shiroyamakan offers comfortable accommodation and a full range of facilities, such as a swimming pool and free Wi-Fi. It is moments from Shirakawago Shiroyama Observatory Deck.

Shirakawago no Yu

Shirakawago no Yu
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Shirakawa, Japan
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Very Good, 8.0
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Located within the scenic parkland of Shirakawa, Shirakawago no Yu offers comfortable accommodation and a wide range of facilities, including shops, free Wi-Fi and a vending machine.

Minshuku Shimizu

Minshuku Shimizu
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Shirakawa, Japan
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Set within the scenic parkland of Shirakawa, Minshuku Shimizu provides comfortable accommodation and a wide range of facilities, such as a dry cleaning service, wireless internet and luggage storage.

Kanja

Kanja
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Shirakawa, Japan
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Very Good, 8.0
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Kanja is perfectly placed in a peaceful setting in Shirakawa, just a short drive from Shirakawago Shiroyama Observatory Deck.

Hotel jyuemon

Hotel jyuemon
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Shirakawa, Japan
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Hotel jyuemon offers a comfortable setting while in Shirakawa. It is moments from the Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen.

Yamamotoya

Yamamotoya
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Shirakawa, Japan
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The hotel is situated in Shirakawa and is within a short walk of local attractions, such as the Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen. It is located a brief stroll from the Shirakawago Gasshozukuri Homurajin Museum.

Ono/ Ryokan Gassho no Yado Magoemon

Ono/ Ryokan Gassho no Yado Magoemon
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Shirakawa, Japan
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Ono/ Ryokan Gassho no Yado Magoemon offers a comfortable setting when in Shirakawa. It is located a brief stroll from Shirakawago Shiroyama Observatory Deck and the Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen.

Shirakawago Terrace

Shirakawago Terrace
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Shirakawa, Japan
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Fabulous, 8.7
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Situated within the scenic parkland of Shirakawa, Shirakawago Terrace provides comfortable accommodation and a wide range of facilities, such as bicycle rental, luggage storage and free Wi-Fi. It offers a tour desk and laundry facilities, and is a brief stroll from Shirakawago Shiroyama Observatory Deck.

Shirakawago Guest House Kei

Shirakawago Guest House Kei
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Shirakawa, Japan
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Shirakawago Guest House Kei is located in Shirakawa and offers free Wi-Fi.

Holiday House Shirakawago

Holiday House Shirakawago
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Shirakawa, Japan
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