Why Shirakawago & Gokayama?
Charming traditional villages in the Alps region of Japan
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the historic village of Shirakawago is located near Takayama, just a 50 minute coach journey away. Located in a picturesque setting amongst a patchwork of green rice fields, Shirakawago is famous for preserving the traditional Gassho-zukuri style houses with the iconic thatched roofs, some of which are more than 300 years old. There are a now small number of these traditional farmhouses in the area operating as Minshuku, or traditional Japanese guesthouses. Also nearby is the village of Gokayama which is also home to some of the Gassho-zukuri style houses and is listed as a World Heritage Site.