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Shirakawago

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?

14 Comments on this Post

  1. 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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  2. 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. :)

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  3. perdomot

    COOL!!(Literally and figuratively)

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  4. perdomot

    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.

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  5. 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 :)

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