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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  • The Castle Tower Observatory is a popular photo spot in a place where you can see the shirakawa-go palm-building village. You can climb even if you walk, but it is quite a long way from the slope, and there is also a shuttle bus. Moreover, it is not wide, but there is a parking lot, too and it is a private car. I recommend this very much.
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  • I went by car. The road to this point is very narrow in part. Moreover, there was a scene where it had to be backed up because the sightseeing bus and the circulation bus also passed. However, the scenery is the best, so it might be a good idea to go by circulation bus.
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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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