Discover the UNESCO Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
Immerse yourself into the folk lives of UNESCO Shirakawa-go and Gokayama villages
The historic villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama were registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995. The 114 farmhouses are famous for preserving the traditional Gassho-zukuri style houses with their iconic ‘A’ shaped thatched roofs, built without nails, some of which are more than 300 years old.
The main houses to visit in the Shirakawa-go village
Several Gassho-zukuri houses have been designated as important cultural properties and are open to the public.
Wada House (和田家）is the biggest house in the area, and there are still people living in it, but the 1st and 2nd floors are open to public. While Nagase House（長瀬家）and Kanda House（神田家）also welcome visitors and even serve hot teas! It is recommended to choose one of the three houses to visit.
Wada House – image source from internet
Hot tea is served in the Kanda House – image source from internet
Nagase House Exhibition
Nagase House Exhibition – Image source from internet
Myozenji Temple 明善寺
The biggest Gasho building in the village, with 5 stories, was built in 1748.
The roof of the main hall, the kitchen, the bell tower arch were all thatched in Gassho-zukuri style and has an important status in the village. It is now open as folk museum, with a welcoming fireplace on the ground floor. The temple also has a silkworm farm in the loft, which is interesting to visit.
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