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.

  • Address

    Shirakawa-mura, Gifu

    Local map

  • Entry fee


  • Opening Hours


  • Closed


  • Website

  • Best Season

    All year

  • Point

    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.

  • Nearest Station/IC Access

    In front of "Shirakawa-go" stop of the Nobi Bus from the "Takayama" station on the JR Line.

Spot location

Open larger map

Other spots near Shirakawa-goWithin 50 km

Open map

Related Articles


See all Latest articles

See all

Contact Us

This month's top destinations

Recommended destinations (Apr. to May.)

Introduction of Japan's national parks