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Shirakawago

  Nov 1st, 2010

Shirakawago (白川郷) in Gifu-ken is a World Heritage listed village. The area is known for the gassho zukuri (合掌造り) architectural style, with a thatched slanting roof. In winter, when there is heavy snowfall, the houses are able to withstand the severe weather thanks to this design.

Shirakawago

Autumn in the World Heritage Shirakawago area

The town of Shirakawago

The town of Shirakawago

Tourist Information Center

Tourist Information Center

Local toilets

Local toilets

Beautiful flowers out a this time of year

Beautiful flowers out a this time of year

Very peaceful

Very peaceful

Butterfly

Butterfly

Good way to keep the drinks cool

Good way to keep the drinks cool

This would be a great place to sit and have a cup of tea

This would be a great place to sit and have a cup of tea

One of the many houses you can stay in (better book in advance)

One of the many houses you can stay in (better book in advance)

Some of the backstreets have their own great character

Some of the backstreets have their own great character

In winter the snow settles on the roof giving a very different soft look

In winter the snow settles on the roof giving a very different soft look

270 years of history in this building

One of the buildings designated as a National Treasure in Japan

One of the buildings designated as a National Treasure in Japan

Local life

Local life

Lodging here in the winter can be quite cold

You can book in advance to stay here

You can book in advance to stay here

Walking down main street

Another place of lodging

Another place of lodging

There are a number of Temples, shops and restaurants to see

There are a number of Temples, shops and restaurants to see

Stop in for quick bite

Stop in for quick bite

Crossing the bridge to the car park

Crossing the bridge to the car park

This concrete bridge over the river looks like it doesnt have much support

This concrete bridge over the river looks like it doesnt have much support

Nice pond in between the houses

Nice pond in between the houses

Crops

Crops

Hats

Hats

A house having its roof remade in the traditional style

A house having its roof remade in the traditional style

The river that flows through the town

The river that flows through the town

Local restaurant

Local restaurant

Nikuman. A bit different than the local conbini

Nikuman. A bit different than the local conbini

would you like to stay in one of these houses? Summer or Winter?

Cyril says:

Was there a year ago in spring (takayama, hirayu-onsen …)
the place is beautiful, try to sleep in one of the house or at least stay until the last bus when all the tourist have left.
There is a nice coffee place with a photo gallery in it in the middle of the village, not too far from the temple.

I saw some pictures of the place in winter, would love to go there in winter, nice and cosy in front of a fire in one of the house with a big storm outside :)

perdomot says:

Incredible! This may be your best work yet. The colors are amazing and the composition of the images is breathtaking. Shirakawago looks like a portal straight to the past kinda like some of the places I saw in Kyoto where things have not changed much in hundreds of years.

Shibuya246 says:

Thank you. That’s very nice of you to say so. It was a wonderful day out. I would like to go back when its snowing.

Tg.Hazu says:

i cant wait for winter season at this village. must be awesome.

perdomot says:

COOL!!(Literally and figuratively)

fykick says:

Gorgeous pictures! I’ve been here once in February 2007. It was still winter then.
That was my first time seeing so much snow. I felt like I was in a winter wonderland from the past. :D
Thank you so much for sharing these pictures. :)

Neksus says:

No holding back on this one :)

Nice pics. I had a picture of a house of this village a wallpaper for months. You could see a house overlooking a pond (or lake leg).
Incredible place! I’m quite envious… Lol

 

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