Kelly visited Shirakawa-go Village, one of the UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites in the world. This small traditional village, located near Takayama, is also one of the snowiest places in Japan, with 95.7% of Shirakawa covered by forest.
The uniqueness of Shirakawa-go Village is its showcase of distinctive Japanese style of buildings called gasshō-zukuri, literally means “clasped-hands” style.
This night scene of Shirakawa-go Village is just so mesmerizing! Oh man! They look like yummy chocolate X’mas log cakes!
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Shirakawa-go Village, a haven in winter.
The mystical mountain range behind the Minka (民家, literally house(s) of the people)- private residences constructed in any one of several traditional Japanese building styles.
Haha, soooo cold, dont think I can stand it, gotta arm myself with layers and layers of winter clothes.
What does ur sister do that put her into such wonderful places? Does she work for UNESCO?
She joined a Japan tour; she’s nothing to do with UNESCO haha!
Don’t you think the Minka houses look like chocolate X’mas log cakes?! So cute!
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Oh..japan is beautiful..and I love those cute houses in the village..I wonder how it feels like to be inside. 🙂
@Budget Traveler – First I think the houses are like X’mas log cakes! Now I think if I were to stay inside, it reminds me of Hansel and Gretel! HA!
Mrs. Jessy Hoan
Hi Wee Lai! Your photos on Shiragawa-go are great.
I am planning to go Shiragawo-go village and intend to stay there for 1 night with my hubby and son (8 years old), any suggestion on which hotel I should stay. I am thinking of Takayama resort Gifu Hotel which breakfast and dinner are included but slight pricey. Any suggestion. Thank you.
hey.. I am planning trip to Japan this coming December.. can I check with you, is it difficult to find bus to go up to shirakawa-go? When and where do you buy the bus tix? Hope to hear from you soon! Thank you!
Mrs. Jessy Hoan
Hi xj! You can buy the ticket online or at Nohi Bus Centre which is next to Takayama Station. You may visit http://www.nouhibus.co.jp/english to check out the Timetable and price.
Hi XJ! Did you manage to check out the website on Nohibus to Shirakawago? I will be staying a night at the village on 3 Dec’09. Also its cheaper to buy a 7-day Japan Railpass if you are travelling few places.
thank you for ur advice =) i am at kanazawa on the 28th and 19th dec.. not too sure whether there will still be buses to go to Shirakawago, shall check out when i am there.. and yes i will be getting the 7-day JR pass =D Thank you for your info!!
Not sure if you stay in Singapore. If you have not bought the 7-day Railpass, you can get it from H.I.S. International, Tel: 62221230, #17-02 Amara Corporate Tower, (Tanjong Pagar) at 5% off. I only know it today (too bad i already got mine last week at JTB).
Yea I am living in Singapore, thank you for informing me =D
I am departing for Osaka tonight and will be staying at Takayama 1 night and Shirakawago Village for another night……….etc……. Will post my photos when return to Singapore on 16 December. Enjoy your trip.
@Jessy, XJ: Have a safe and enjoyable journey! Do share your photos with us when you are back! 😀
Have a safe and fun trip!
Hi XJ and Eunice,
Shirakawago Village is an eye opener. As aware it is surrounded by trees and stream. We stayed in the house of Ootaya. The food is fantastic. My 8-year old son finished the whole course. We also went to the nearby Onsen at The Inn Shirakawagou-Onsen (http://www.shirakawagou-onsen.jp/).
I want to show some photos to you but I do not know how to attach from here?