Tenshukakau Observatory, Shirakawa-mura

Obtain a panoramic view of a UNESCO-protected village from Tenshukakau Observatory. Take the 15-20 minute walk uphill from the historic village, or simply take the shuttle bus to reach the observation area. From this vantage point you can truly appreciate the mountainous scenery and the 114 thatched-roof homes that make up the village. The quiet, quaint village, dwarfed by the mountains that surround it, has photogenic appeal, with its homes shaped like hands in prayer, a river running through town, and adjacent rice paddies. Make your Shirakawa-mura itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.
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  • Take the shuttle bus from Wada House and queue near the shuttle bus timing board (every 20min). One way 200 yen. We considered walking back during the return trip but it's not really suitable hence it...  more »
  • After about 15 minutes walk/climb you have a nice way to look over the village. Downside is that the sun shines in your face so that makes photographing somewhat difficult. Walk towards the trees and it will succeed. There are two levels.
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  • Nice place to capture scenery of the whole Shirakawa-go. Didn't get to spend too much time there due to other schedules. Shop was full of tourists so didn't go in. The professional photographer was very good, if you bring own camera, would be lucky to get great shots on top of the optional 1500 yen per printed photo. We got these nice shots of the trees and berries too.
  • I visited here on winter, and the view from the observatory was incredible. There is a staff that can help take your photo, and if you like it you can buy the printed photo with the card that sort of shaped like a frame. You can walk or take a shuttle bus to get here. Shuttle bus cost ¥200 one way.
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