In Shifakawa-Go (Shirakawa Village) in Gifu prefecture, there is a settlement of “Gassho-zukuri Style” (a Japanese architectural style with a distinct steep roof) registered also as a World Heritage Site, a town that can feel the history and tradition , Architecture, natural scenery is left.
This is a spot that was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site since December 1995, especially the summer Gassho-zukuri settlement has beautiful scenery filled with greenery and you can enjoy a peaceful landscape surrounded by the greens of the mountains. Thatched roof is a distinctive making used in Japanese houses since ancient times, and most of the houses in this Shirakawa-Go are thatched roof’s Gassho-zukuri Style. In this area surrounded by mountains, agriculture such as rice cultivation and wheat cultivation is carried out. It is one of the few spots where you can enjoy land-based foodstuffs such as wild vegetables.
This place is perfect for visitors from all over the world as well as from Japan to visit and feel like Japan. Cosmos and cherry blossoms are seen blooming depending on the season, so you can visit the scenery throughout the year. However, since local people live a normal life in this village, let’s not have annoyance or rude when sightseeing.
A refreshing wind blows around, sunbeams shining through branches of trees are beautiful, you will surely feel rich. On the other hand, at night, the light leaking from the house is warm and very fantastic. Looking out from the outside on summer night may have good taste.
You can also enjoy photographing from a place overlooking the entire village. From the Shiroyama Observatory, which is a classic spot for photography, you can overlook the settlement.
Why do not you go for a walk while listening to the buzz of evening cicada that sounds at dusk?
The “Shirakawa-Go” village is the name of the area of Shogawa River basin in Gifu. This beautiful scenery in mountains of Gifu reminds us a Japanese former living. The Ogicho district of the Shirakawa-Go is known at a village of the Gassho-zukuri (a Japanese architectural style with a distinct steep roof). The group of buildings in the villages of Shirakawa-Go and Gokayama are especially well known and are registered as a World Heritage site (Cultural Heritage) by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The Shirakawa-Go is in the northernmost steep mountains of Gifu. This place surrounded by mountains is the special snowy area in Japan, much snow is piled up in winter. Due to this geographical factor and the climate, it was the place of inaccessible unexplored region until recently. The culture and customs from old days, including the Gassho-zukuri of thatched house, did not go out of vogue, and was handed down to posterity.
Most villages of the Shirakawa-Go are made to crowd in the small built‐up area. The Ogi-cho of the Gassho village registered with a world heritage is such a village. Ogi-cho is lined with more than 100 architecture of the Gassho-zukuri, the beautiful farm village scenery of quiet rural views spread around there.
The Gassho-zukuri of “triplets” standing still in a quiet rural scenery. The rice field of this side is affectionate very much like rice growing thick, and snow is piled up by season. Especially, “Sakasa Gassho” (reverse Gassho) appearing in the surface of the water of the rice field before the rice-transplanting season is something worth seeing.
The Shirakawa-Go is dotted with private house, guest house of Gassho-zukuri including the restaurant opening to the public. Let’s taste a relaxed time while walking the village inheriting original scenery of Japan in now.
|Adresse:||Ogimachi 2495-3 Onogun Shirakawamura, Gifu 501-5627 Japan|
|Access:||JR Takayama-honsen Line “Takayama-eki Station” (50 minutes by Expressway shuttle bus)|
|Tel:||(+81) 5769-6-1311 (Shirakawa village office)|
|Price / Charge:||Free|