Leap into an old world, straight out of a fairy tale, and experience the picturesque harmony between the village and nature!
Shirakawa-go is situated at the foot of Mt. Haku-san in northwestern Gifu Prefecture. It is a quiet mountain village with rice fields and a river running through it. 114 thatched roof stand together in the village, which was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.
Video: Drone view
Near the village, Gassho-zukuri Minka-en outdoor museum is made up of 27 thatched roof houses that have been relocated from various areas in Shirakawa-go. A temple, a coalhouse, and a horse paddock have been built, preserving the old scenery. There are live performances of traditional industrial arts like dyeing and weaving, and visitors can even try making these crafts themselves. At the “Soba Dojo,” guests can experience making Japanese soba noodles.
The Doburoku Festival is held in the village every autumn. “Doburoku” is a type of white, unrefined sake and it is served to visitors during the festival period. The Doburoku Matsuri Hall is located at Shirakawa Hachiman Shrine. Here, visitors can learn about “Shishi-mai,” which is a type of lion dance.
The Shiroyama observation deck is the best spot to obtain a panoramic view of the village
Address: Ogi-machi, Shirakawa Village, Gifu Prefecture
Telephone Number 05769-6-1013 （Shirakawa-go Tourist Association）Business Hours 9:00am – 5:00pm
Price: Adults: 300 yen, Children: 150 yen
Directions From Tokyo:
[Rail] 2h to Nagoya Station by JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line, and 2h 10 min from Nagoya to Takayama Station by JR Takayama Line. 50min from Takayama-Nohi Bus Center by bus.
[Rail] 1h from Shin-Osaka to Nagoya Station by Shinkansen Line, and 2h 10 min from Nagoya to Takayama Station by JR Takayama Line. 50min from Takayama-Nohi Bus Center by bus.
[Rail] 2h 10 min to Takayama Station by JR Takayama Line. 50min from Takayama-Nohi Bus Center by bus.