Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Shirakawa-mura

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Take a trip to Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, an open-air museum with traditional farmhouses, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The iconic design of the wooden houses, said to resemble hands clasped together in prayer, developed so as to keep the snow off during the winter months. In a mountainous rural area where the design still dominates, the museum gives visitors the chance to see inside the farmhouses, as well as learning about traditional agricultural methods and the lifestyle of farmers and their families. Add Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen and other attractions to your Shirakawa-mura trip itinerary using our Shirakawa-mura trip planner .
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  • When you arrive take a look around and take in the absolutely stunning surroundings. Take the bridge across the river and again enjoy the views. I unfortunately couldn’t as I am a little frightened of...  more »
  • It is close to the parking lot when I go by car, but I went by bus, so it is farthest from the bus stop in Sakai-cho. I entered because there was a ticket of the private house garden in the ticket of the Nohi bus, but it might not have entered if it was paid because there was no special exhibition inside. The customers were also sparse. However, the flowers were well maintained, and the ice cream was 100 yen (300 yen is 200 yen) with the entrance ticket, so it was a little good there.
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  • Very scenic and lovely little village, by going into some of the houses, one can really feel and history and stories from all those generations that lived there. Good for photography. Dress warmly.
  • Definitely a sight to see. Just as the tour guide mention, you get the gist of most of the gassho house here. Most of which are accessible to public. The place where they sell ice cream and red bean soup has a old style fireplace. Smoky but a must see.
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