Winter “Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go” | Takayama


“Shirakawa-go” is a popular spot for tourists as one of Japanese building.
Although it is beautiful in all seasons, winter is particularly recommended, as it is covered with pure white snow and lighted up at night.

What is “Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go”?

“Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go”, one of the top tourist attractions in Japan, was registered as a World Heritage Site in 1995.

The Japanese government cited the reason for nominating it as a World Heritage Site because it has extremely unique elements in Japanese wooden buildings, such as steep roofs and active industrial use of attics.
In addition, villages are becoming rare along with traditional large family systems, which insists on the need for protection.

When you visit “Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go”, you can feel the rarity as well as the beauty of Japan.

Winter in “Shirakawa-go”

There is no light like a gorgeous illumination.
But you can experience the beauty of Japan without decorating with “Shirakawa-go”.

The slope of the roof is very steep, 45 to 60 degrees.
The steep slope is calculated so that the heavy snowfall does not cause the snow to accumulate on the roof and crush the building.

“Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go” is a spectacular view overlooking from an observation deck located about 20 minutes on foot from the village.
The appearance of the “Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go” covered with snow in the dark is fantastic.


“Shirakawa-go” can be reached by bus from Takayama in 1 hour and from Nagoya in 2 and a half hours.

Shirakawa-go bus time table


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