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The style of architecture known as Gassho-zukuri (Japanese architecture with a steep thatched roof) and the townscape of Shirakawa-go are collectively designated as a Cultural World Heritage site. Gassho-zukuri houses are now very rare, with less than 150 left. The site of snow quietly falling on the eaves, adding layers by layer, is like a world of fairy tales.
Winter is an elegant season as the snow accumulates as high as 2m. On the selected days in January and February, houses are illuminated for a limited time.
In front of "Shirakawa-go" stop of the Nobi Bus from the "Takayama" station on the JR Line.
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