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  • Shirakawa-go
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Onogunshirakawamura Ogimachi
    A village located in Ogi-machi, Shirakawa Village, Ono County, Gifu Prefecture where many old-fashioned “gassho-zukuri” style homes, distinguished by their steep thatched roofs, can still be found. Still used as living spaces today, this rare collection of buildings has been designated a National Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the picturesque scenery of these traditional homes backed by mountains in the distance, visitors can catch a glimpse of the lifestyle and ingenious measures of a Japanese mountain village living in harmony with nature. There are also numerous souvenir shops and restaurants, and this popular destination is visited by great numbers of people from around the country and the world.
  • Gasshozukuri Minkaen Outdoor Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Pref. Onogunshirakawamura Ogimachi 2499
    Gasshozukuri Minkaen Outdoor Museum is an open-air museum that was created by relocating traditional Gasshozukuri-style farmhouses that were no longer in use as residences from Shirakawa Village, Gifu Prefecture. There are a total of 26 Gasshozukuri farmhouses, of which nine have been designated by Gifu Prefecture as Important Cultural Properties; the Museum brings alive the lifestyle of days gone by. Within the Museum grounds there is a restaurant selling hand-made Soba noodles, and a shop selling confectionery, making the Museum a great place for a relaxing stroll. Between mid-April and the end of October the Museum holds a range of special experiential activities, where visitors can try their hand at making Warazori (traditional straw sandals), making Soba noodles, etc. (please note that advance booking is required for these activities).
  • Wada House
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    4.0
    238 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Onogunshirakawamura Ogimachi 997
    Wada House is an example of a Shirakawa town thatched-roof ridgepole Gassho style house. It is the largest Gassho style house remaining in Shirakawa Village, and the house has a frontage of 25.48 meters and a depth of 12.74 meters. The current state of preservation of the gardens, hedges, rural district and waterways is also good and it looks beautiful. Although it is currently being used as a dwelling, you can take a tour of the house’s interior, and a fire is always set in the irori fire pit all year round, so you will also be able to make yourself at home around the irori fire pit. In 1995, the house was designated as a Cultural Property of Japan.

    If you visit Shirakawa-go and want to visit one of the traditional houses there, this seems to be the one everyone goes to. Not that much to it so it doesn't take very long to see. Worth the small...

  • Oshirakawa Open-air Bath
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    4.5
    6 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gifu Pref. Onogunshirakawamura Hirase Okigawa
    These rustic all-natural open-air baths are located inside of Oshirakawa area of Hakusan National Park in Shirakawa Village, Gifu Prefecture. They are open from early June to late October. The hot springs offer gender-segregated bathing areas and changing rooms as well as up-close views of emerald green Lake Hakusui. Visitors can fully enjoy the magnificent nature of the area, which includes Lake Hakusui, Hakusan Camping Forest Ohjirakawa, Hakusui Falls, and more.

    国道156号から県道451号で大白川露天風呂へ行きます。途中県道451号線は道幅が狭く対向車とのすれ違いには十分注意が必要です。この県道を30分-40分くらい進むと大白川露天風呂に到着します。周りにはロッジとキャンプ場そして登山口がります。無料駐車場は広く整備されていますが、ほとんどの車は登山客の様です。駐車場の奥にその秘湯大白川露天風呂があります。男女別の脱衣室、露天風呂があります。たまたまロッ...

  • Shirakawa-go-no-yu hot springs resort
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    3.5
    3 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gifu Pref. Onogunshirakawamura Ogimachi 337
    Shirakawa-go-no-yu hot springs resort is located in Shirakawa-go, a village whose traditional Gasshozukuri-style farmhouses have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The hot spring water contains natural sodium chloride, which has a warming effect and also helps to ensure smooth skin. There is a comprehensive range of baths; both the men’s baths and the women’s baths include indoor baths, outdoor baths and saunas; from the outdoor baths, bathers can view the peaks of Mt. Hakusan, the cluster of Gasshozukuri-style farmhouses, and, flowing right below them, the Shogawa River. The resort has both Japanese-style and Western-style rooms, so visitors who are looking for a more relaxed hot springs and tourism experience can enjoy an overnight stay.

    Sサイズは味が二種類選べるのでどぶりくととちのみにしました。こちらのオリジナルのジェラートとなっており、合掌作りの建物がデザインされたカップとなっておりました。他にも味はあり、店内でイートインできるので寒い日でも利用しやすいです。

  • Irori restaurant
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Onogunshirakawamura Ogimachi 374-1
    Irori is a restaurant in a traditional thatched-roof house located in Shirakawa-go village (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) in Gifu Prefecture. Diners can enjoy traditional local dishes made using mountain herbs and vegetables etc. picked locally in Hida, the Shirakawa-go and Gokayama district, while seated round an Irori (a hearth constructed in a depression in the floor). Popular menu items include the “Hida Beef Cooked on a Ceramic Board–Set Meal” for which diners can specify how well-cooked they want the premium Hida beef to be, the “Grilled Tofu Set Meal” made with the unique local Shirakawa-ko Tofu, and the “Hoba Miso Set Meal” made using Hoba Miso, a famous Hida-Takayama region specialty.
  • Ogi-machi Gassho-zukuri Village
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Onogunshirakawamura Ogimachi
    Gifu Prefecture's Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go, Ogi-machi was registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 1995. Of the three villages registered on the World Heritage list, the largest preserves 59 buildings built in the gassho-zukuri style with their steeply sloping roofs. There are plenty of highlights including Shirakawa-go's prominent Tenshukaku Observatory, the Wada House (a nationally designated Important Cultural Property), Nagase-ke (the largest gassho-zukuri style house in the village), and Myozenji Temple, an extremely rare gassho-zukuri style temple, as well as its museum. There are plenty of souvenir shops and restaurants, too.
  • Ogimachi-jo Castle Ruins Observatory
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Onogunshirakawamura Ogimachi
    A scenic observatory located on high ground overlooking Ogi-machi in Shirakawa-go offering a sweeping view of Shirakawa-go’s collection of traditional Japanese buildings. A shuttle bus travels to the observatory from the south side of the Hakusuien restaurant, perfect for those not used to walking long distances and for surviving the summer heat. When the weather does suit walking, visitors are recommended to stroll the area and take a few pictures of the lovely scenery. On clear days, the sight of the surrounding mountains is beautiful, and the area is enveloped in seasonal, picture postcard-esque scenery, including fresh spring greenery, fall colors, and winter snowscapes. The view is particularly magnificent from January to February when the homes of Shirakawa-go are lit up at night.
  • Kitanosyo
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Onogunshirakawamura Ogimachi 2671-1
    This restaurant is located in Shirakawago, a world heritage site. You can enjoy a meal inside this kominka (old house) with a gassho (large thatched roof) style built over 250 years ago. Their menu is centered on unique local char dishes, mountain vegetable dishes, and meat grilled on magnolia leaves. Because they often receive many reservations by large groups, sometimes you can only visit by reserving in advance depending on the time of year. In addition, the second floor has an exhibition room decorated with old everyday items that depicts the lifestyle at the time to modern audiences.
  • Ebisuya
    Shopping
    Gifu Pref. Onogunshirakawamura Ogimachi 89-2
    This souvenir shop in the famous World Heritage site of Shirakawa-go occupies a rustic wooden building that blends well with the landscape. It’s often featured in travel programs as is located right as you reach Shirakawa-go. They sell an array of special Shirakawa Village products, including regional sake varieties like cloudy nigorizake and premium ginjoshu as well as a variety of food products like pickled red turnips to accompany it.
  • Ji-Ba Kobo
    Shopping
    Gifu Pref. Onogunshirakawamura Ijima 6
    A souvenir shop located in Shirakawa-go which makes and sells local folk crafts. The shop’s name is derived both from a word meaning “local area” (“jiba”) and from words meaning “old man” and “old woman” (“jiji” and “baba”), and accordingly the shop creates items according to traditional methods and by harnessing the knowhow cultivated by senior citizens born and raised in Shirakawa-go. The shop specializes in kusaki-zome plant extract dyed fabric items and wara-zaiku straw work goods, as well as cloth zori sandals, scarfs, and other products. All of the shop’s products make great souvenirs and bear that special warmth only handmade items have. The shop also offers short handicraft classes with an advance reservation. The shop is closed on Mondays.
  • Hakusuien
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    3.5
    19 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Onogunshirakawamura Ogimachi 354
    About a two-minute walk from the Shirakawa-go Bus Terminal, this restaurant built with a gassho (large thatched roof) style is located in the world heritage site called Shirakawa-go. You can enjoy simple and warm regional cuisine made with local ingredients. One recommended dish is the “oyaji wazen (Japanese hot pot with bear meat).” It has a wild animal taste that they have offered for more than 30 years, but they finish it with miso to remove the smell so that tourists not used to bear meat can eat it more easily. One of their other popular menu items is the “hoba miso wazen (Hida beef)” with a traditional flavor they have guarded since their opening. It also has a parking lot that can be used by large buses.

    A warm place to have lunch in winter. Not expensive and the tasty is good. The resturant is clean and has restroom.

  • Kobikiya
    Shopping
    Gifu Pref. Onogunshirakawamura Ogimachi 286
    A souvenir shop located next to the Wada House, a designated National Important Cultural Property, a three minute walk from the Shirakawa-go Bus Terminal. Inside the traditional thatched roof building, you’ll find a wide variety of products. Many of the items sold here are made with doburoku unrefined sake, a Shirakawa-go specialty product, including doburoku yokan jelly and doburoku kintsuba flour dough sweet bean cakes. The shop also carries tsukemono Japanese pickles, snacks, and sake. The shop’s small thatched roof home-shaped knickknacks and sarubobo lucky amulet dolls make perfect souvenirs. The shop’s crepe sarubobo dolls can be found no place else and come in a variety of colors, so you can choose your favorite.
  • Masuen Bunsuke
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    4.0
    15 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Onogunshirakawamura Ogimachi 1915
    Masuen Bunsuke serves simple flavored Shirakawago cuisine. Housed in a building with gassho-zukuri (steep sloping roof) architecture, it's like something out of a folk tale. While gazing out at the seasonal scenery, guests enjoy cuisine with a focus on fresh water fish. They harvest the char, red spotted trout, and rainbow trout they raise in spring water from their 14 fish ponds and prepare it while fresh. Along with home-grown rice, homemade miso, and the best wild vegetables, you'll love the down-home flavors of Shirakawago.

    All in all pure rip off. Avoid going here!!! We came to this plase for lunch and chose 4times the Menu1 Sashimi for 550. When we got the order we did not believe our eyes. There where a couple tiny...

  • Genki na Yasaikan
    Shopping
    Gifu Pref. Onogunshirakawamura Ogimachi 2495-3 Village Seseragi Park parking lot side
    This direct sales stop has an exterior with characteristically simple rustic gassho (large thatched roof) architecture. It is located a 50-minute bus ride from JR Takayama Station, and is situated at the entrance to the world heritage site of Shirakawago from the Hietsukyo Gassho Line. It sells mainly locally-grown vegetables and processed goods, richly preparing the flavors that represent Shirakawago throughout the year including spring mountain vegetables, summer vegetables, autumn chestnuts, and the winter specialty, “akakabura naga-zuke” (radish pickled without removing leaves). In addition, it sells interesting products filled with care such as steamed cake using local ingredients, onigiri rice balls and butterbur shoot miso.
  • Kanda House
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    4.0
    158 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Onogunshirakawamura Ogimachi 796
    This old private house with a gassho-zukuri sloping roof was built in the late Edo period (around 1850). It's approximately seven minutes on foot from the Shirakawa-go Bus Terminal. It belonged to the Kanda family who brewed sake in Shirakawa-go. Because of the layout and the many handprints from the carpenters on the roof trusses, it's considered an outstanding example of gassho-zukuri slope roofed architecture. The fire in the traditional irori hearth burns year-round, and you can enjoy homemade wild herb tea brewed with water heated over it in an iron kettle. Looking around the rest of the building is fine too, and you can bring your pet with you if you hold it. Reservations are recommended.

    Kanda House is part of the Shirakawa-go village. Get the map from information counter & it can explore by walking from Shirakawa-go bus station. Suggested to bring umbrella as there is limited...

  • Imafuji Shoten
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
    Shopping
    Gifu Pref. Onogunshirakawamura Ogimachi 226
    This bar is located along Shirakawa Kaido Street that goes through the world heritage site of Shirakawago. Many different kinds of sake from Hida line the interior of the shop, and you can drink and compare them at the standing bar counter. They sell snacks such as Hida beef croquettes and Hida beef skewers, and it is convenient to get things to eat while sightseeing. They also sell unfiltered sake-style soft-serve ice cream in the summer. It is less than 1% alcohol, so even those who cannot drink can try it. In addition, they have Shirakawago souvenirs including “gassho senbei” (egg rice crackers shaped like large thatched-roof houses with walnuts) and Shirakawago Sable, making it an easy-to-visit sightseeing base.

    岐阜のお酒を立ち飲みで試せるのがいいですね。一人旅の私には、他の人とお話できるいい雰囲気です。お酒の横にソフトクリームもありました。

  • Doburoku Festival Museum
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    4.0
    57 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Onogunshirakawamura Ogimachi 559
    A museum located on the grounds of Shirakawa Hachiman-jinja Shrine a 12 minute walk from the Shirakawa-go Bus Terminal. The Doburoku Festival is a unique Shirakawa-go tradition held throughout the village from October 14 to 19 which involves offering doburoku unrefined sake to the gods in prayer for bountiful harvests, household prosperity, and peace in the village. The museum provides an overview of the festival and depicts festival events using mannequins and dioramas, and also displays rare historical items connected to the festival. Museum visitors can also view shrine treasures here as well as sample doburoku served in a red lacquered cup.

    We could here the musicians inside practicing for an upcoming event which just added to the charm of the experience.

  • Oshirakawa Onsen Shiramizu no Yu
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    4.0
    11 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gifu Pref. Onogunshirakawamura Hirase 247-7
    This day-trip hot spring facility is adjacent to Roadside Station Hida Hakusan, and is located a 15 km drive south on National Route 156 from the Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway Shirakawago Interchange. The spring quality is sulfur containing-sodium-chloride. This natural hot spring has a large amount of hot water that springs from the foot of Mt. Hakusan, and it is popular as a spring for childbirth that also has skin beautifying effects. There is a bath filled with the aroma of Japanese cypress, open-air baths and whirlpool baths, and shampoo and body soap are provided. In addition, there is also a souvenir corner with local specialties and a restaurant.

    This onsen was about 2 km from Shimizu Inn, but was worth the walk to and fro in the cold evening. They are linked to a hotel and hence the fronting facade is very upmarket. Has everything a tourist...

  • Jin Homura Art Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Pref. Onogunshirakawamura Ogimachi 2476
    This art museum exhibits pieces by Jin Homura, who has performed creative activities and held an atelier in Shirakawago for about 20 years. There are approximately 50 distinct, primitive and powerful works by the painter, who the art critic Nobuyuki Senzoku once said, “Jin Homura’s ‘Hi no Musume-tachi’ (The Daughters of Fire) was born from hot lava and solidified to be reborn in pale moonlight. It is the birth of a new modern ‘Venus.’” It is worth a visit to see the pieces depicting the dynamic and powerful woman.

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Tucked away in the very center of Japan, Gifu prefecture houses mountains, old towns, and one of Japan’s greatest hot springs, Gero Onsen. A tour of the prefecture’s traditional architecture will take you from the mountain-enveloped wooden streets of Takayama to the mountain village of Shirakawago, where visitors can explore 250-year-old thatched roofed houses known as gassho-zukuri.

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