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The village in Shirakawago is known for the traditional Gassho-style that looks like two hands are praying, which is why they are called the "gassho- zukuri”. This means that it looks like the structure is made of two hands praying. After generations, the villagers in this snow-prone area have developed protection against heavy snowfall with the “gassho- zukuri”. Now, visitors come from within the nation and from abroad to see the admirable structures.

In 1995, the Historic Village of Shirakawa-Go was inscribed in the World Heritage as a cultural site in Japan. Located in the mountainous regions of the Gifu and Toyama prefectures resides this village with Gassho-styled houses. The best examples of these houses are in Ogimachi. Some of the farmhouses that reside in this area are over 250 years old. In the winter time these farmhouses are illuminated on certain weekends. The best spot to view the village is from the Shiroyama viewpoint near the Shogawa River.

The Gassho architectural design refers to the way a person puts their hands together with the palms facing inward almost like a prayer. The thatched roofs, made without nails, were meant to survive heavy snow fall and provide enough space to work through the winter. The abundant attic space allowed the villagers to cultivate silkworms. Shirakawago represents a traditional way of life that has adapted to their area. Shirakawago illustrate the traditional ways of human settlement and how these complex farmhouses attested to time. Even though there were drastic changes from 1950, the area around the Gassho-style farmhouses made no significant change to the structure of roads, canals, and land use. To this day visitors have the opportunity to stay overnight in one of the Gassho styled farmhouses.

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11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4498.00

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This is a perfect tour for travelers who want to visit the well- known regions of Japan…plus enjoy the Obara Shikizakura Festival, where fall foliage and cherry blossoms appear at the same time.
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