Blogs from Shirakawa-go, Gifu, Japan, Asia


Asia » Japan » Gifu » Shirakawa-go May 13th 2019

Sleeping on the floor was not as difficult as I thought it was going to be. Our problem was that at 5.30 am the sun was streaming through the blinds and we were awake! Breakfast for us was served at 8 am in the Banquet Hall. It was off with our shoes as we padded across the tatami mats to our waiting table. Breakfast was a salad, fruit and a couple of croissants. This was a continental breakfast. The coffee was incredibly weak! Thankfully Don had made me a coffee in the room before we came down or I wouldn’t have been able to function! Then we went down to reception to get the shuttle bus to the bus station where we had tickets for the one hour drive to Shirakawa-go. Shirakawa-go is a world heritage ... read more
snow covers mountain above Shirawa-go
Shirawa-go suspension bridge
Village Concept of Shirawa-go

Asia » Japan » Gifu » Shirakawa-go July 5th 2018

The room here is beautiful with rice paper walls however, rice paper does not make for a very good curtain and the sun comes up around 4:15 here. After pulling the window shades closed and removing every possible entry point for light, Brett tried to get some more sleep without much luck. Despite having reasonably good sleep for most of the trip, we have been getting up very early every day and we can't even blame the time zone difference as were only 30 minutes different to normal. We were booked in to do a trip to Shirakawa-go which is an UNESCO-listed village with 300-hundred-year old, thatched-roof houses with only 140-odd people living there. After a quick walk through the morning market, we wandered to the bus stop and took the hour-long trip to the first ... read more

Asia » Japan » Gifu » Shirakawa-go September 20th 2017

Wednesday, 20th September 2017 I hopped on to the Toyama Chitetsu Bus (advanced booking recommended) which would bring me to the Shirakawa-Go village from JR Toyama Station.The short 1-hour commute meant that I did not have to spend a lot of time travelling between places since I am not really a "bus" and "road" traveller. The Shirakawa-Go village is not a very big place as I soon found out after bussing my way to the viewing point for an overview of the place. In winter, the steep roofs would be covered with snow and that would certainly present a very different sight. Even though this is a UNESCO Heritage Site, I liked that the authorities have not overly exploited the site for tourist dollars. Bus connections to Toyama is still rather infrequent these days with about ... read more
Some of the houses have been converted to shops and restaurants
The iconic Toyama Tram
JR Kanazawa Station

Asia » Japan » Gifu » Shirakawa-go January 16th 2017

For our honeymoon, Ma-kun and I took a short five-day trip out to several areas that I had never visited before but were on my 'to-do' list before we leave Japan for good. One of those places was Shirakawa-go, the UNESCO World Heritage site, a traditional village with old, thatched-roof houses called 合掌造り (gassho-zukuri). Ma-kun got us a reservation to stay in one of the houses converted into a 民宿 (minshuku, a guesthouse that serves meals, not unlike a bed & breakfast). When we arrived at Shirakawa-go by bus, everything was brown and there was no snow at all, but when we woke up the next morning, the entire village was covered in a blanket of white! It was very cool to see the village both with and without the beautiful snow cover, and we got ... read more

Asia » Japan » Gifu » Shirakawa-go September 13th 2014

Shirakawa-go is a region in the mountains between Takayama and Kanazawa. Shirakawa-go, and neighbouring Gokayama are UNESCO world heritage sites which are famous for their traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses. The farm houses have very steeply peaked thatched roofs which are said to resemble the hands of monks pressed together in prayer. In winter they can get up to two meters of snow in the region, hence the steeply peaked roofs. We reached Shirakawa-go by bus which took about an hour from Takayama. The trip was spent mostly in tunnels so we didn’t get to see much scenery at all! We arrived at about 11am on a Saturday of a long weekend (the following Monday was a public holiday for ‘respect for the aged’ day). We had booked a room in one of the gassho-zukuri houses which had ... read more
Our room
Gassho-zukuri houses
Gassho-zukuri houses

Asia » Japan » Gifu » Shirakawa-go September 9th 2014

We were up at the crack of dawn again today! Today was our only chance to see the farmers' market, that happens every morning in Takayama. The market started at 6 am, which was a bit too early for us, but we got there around sevenish and had a good look around. The market is along one side of the river bank. There were quite a few different stalls, selling a variety of stuff, not just fruit and veg, but also artwork and other stuff to entice the tourists. We also found out the reason why all the shops close so early, they are all open at 6 am, to coincide with the market. We wandered around the market, I didn't really buy anything, only this interesting food item, which we tried when we were waiting ... read more
Eggy Marshmallow Thing

Asia » Japan » Gifu » Shirakawa-go December 12th 2010

(Blogged on 12 December 2010, posted on 15 December 2010 - Dates have adjusted) We woke up bright and early today to visit the Miyagawa morning market before catching the first bus into Shirakawa Go. Shirakawa Go comprised of traditional Japanese houses and they are authentic. If you have enough time, then head into Shirkawa Go instead of Hida no Sato as the latter was reconstructed for tourists. After viewing the in Shirakawa Go, we were surprised to discover that we have enough time to head back into Takayama to visit the Shishi Kaikan before they closed and to have a short stroll into the Shrioyama Koen. Miyagawa Morning Market Because we were afraid of missing the bus into Shirakawa Go (catch a bus from the terminal beside Takayama train station – apparently the only way ... read more
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Miyagawa market3
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