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Shirakawago is located in the northwest of Gifu prefecture. This quiet village, surrounded by mountains and rice-fields is best known for its gassho-zukuri houses. Gassho-zukuri is a traditional building style featuring steep thatched roofs designed to withstand heavy snow. In order to preserve these houses, the whole village of Shirakawa-go was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.

Many of the gassho-zukuri farmhouses are now minshuku or family run inns where you can enjoy a home cooked meal and stay in a bit of history.

Tours that Visit Shirakawago:

Classical Japan Tour

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Shoguns and Samurai

Our journey takes us through Japanese history from modern Tokyo to end near Kyoto, Japan’s capital for 400 years.

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Ancient Japan

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Additional Resources

Sightseeing in Shirakawago by the JNTO
What's On in Shirakawago by Shirakawa Village

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