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Shirakawa-Go Town, Japan

From series “Small flamboyant towns painted with Van Gogh colors”
Year: 12th century.

Shirakawa-go is one of the few Japanese towns, which for hundreds of years has been maintaining its historic charm. This place is home to about 1 600 people; its area is ​​356 square km. The main feature of the town is its unique architecture. You can see small houses of local residents even today. Buildings are exactly the same as 200 years ago.

Shirakawa-Go Town, Japan Shirakawa-go is one of the snowiest places in the country. The town is surrounded by mountains, so it is not easy to get there in the cold season. A significant portion of the local population throughout the history is engaged in agriculture. In summer, you can enjoy the extensive rice fields. In recent years, the old town is visited by many tourists, which has led to the development of tourism infrastructure. In total, the town embraces about 60 houses. A few years ago, the place was included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.

The first mentions of a small village in the area belong to the 12th century. For many years, it has remained in complete isolation due to the lack of roads. Largely due to this, Shirakawa-Go has preserved its specific character. The main symbols of the town are its unique houses that the locals build using improvised materials, hazel twigs and hemp ropes. These constructions have very unusual roofs; the tilt angle can reach 60 degrees. Such a form is chosen not by chance; there are frequent snowfalls in winter. Other roof structure may simply not withstand the weight of snow. Next - Cemoro Lawang Town


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Shirakawa-Go Town - interactive map

Useful staff nearby

ATM bankomat: 'JA Hakusan Tedori Branch' located in 17 km ( check the route on the map).
Fuel station: 'Showa Shell Oil Ichirino Hot Spring' in 4.45 km
Parking: 'Parking' in 4.51 km
Police station: 'Tsurugi Police Station Oguchi Substation' in 10 km
Railway station: 'Tsurugi Station' in 26 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Komatsu Airport KMQ - in 34 km
 »  Toyama Airport TOY - in 61 km
 »  Gifu Aero Airport QGU - in 89 km
 »  Matsumoto Airport MMJ - in 107 km
 »  Nagoya Airport NKM - in 109 km
 Cities nearby

Best hotels near Shirakawa-Go Town

Iwama Sanso

Located in 4 km from Shirakawa-Go Town
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Rooms: 9
The property provides free ski storage and laundry facilities. Drink vending machines can be used. Each room at Sanso Iwama comes with futon bedding, … More: photo, rates and booking
TOYOTA Shirakawa-Go Eco-Institute

Located in 13 km from Shirakawa-Go Town
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Rooms: 31
All rooms at TOYOTA Shirakawa-Go Eco-Institute are air-conditioned, with an LCD TV, free wired internet and an en suite toilet. Some rooms have a … More: photo, rates and booking
Minshuku Kanjiya

Located in 16 km from Shirakawa-Go Town
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Rooms: 4
Guests at Minshuku Kanjiya sleep in Japanese-style futon beds on a tatami (woven-straw) floor. An electric kettle and a low table are provided, and … More: photo, rates and booking
Akaokan

Located in 20 km from Shirakawa-Go Town
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Rooms: 11
Guests can choose to stay in air-conditioned rooms with Japanaese futon bedding or Western beds. A flat-screen TV, a fridge and an en suite bathroom … More: photo, rates and booking

Nearest unique sightseeing spots to visit

Shirakawa-go Village
15 km - Shirakawa-go Village
The best place to enjoy a relaxing retreat in Japan is the ancient village of Shirakawa-go. This remote village is situated in the mountainous area. The site is surrounded by soaring mountains that protect it from wind and other vagaries of nature. One of the main …
Kamioka
41 km - Kamioka
Kamioka mine is situated in the deserted village of the same name. The quarry was founded in the early 19th century on a desert island near Kyushu. Over a hundred years ago scientists have discovered rich deposits of cadmium ore, which was the reason for constructing …
Matsumoto Castle
111 km - Matsumoto Castle
Matsumoto is considered to be the most beautiful castle in Japan. It was built in the end of the 16th century and is located in the town of the same name. The unofficial name of the building is very symbolic. It is called 'the castle of the ravens' because of …
Heirloom Upgrade Stone
117 km - Heirloom Upgrade Stone
The unique man-made formation is the Stone Heirloom, also known as the Sanctuary of Oisi. Even in the Middle Ages the huge stone was declared a sanctuary. Next door was the temple erected. The history of the stone origin is unknown. Heirloom is impressive. The length …
Mode Gakuen Spiral
118 km - Mode Gakuen Spiral
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Steel Dragon 2000
133 km - Steel Dragon 2000
The longest roller coaster in the world - Steel Dragon 2000 - can be found in the Japanese city of Nagashima, within the leisure park Nagashima Spa Land. The exact length of the track of Steel Dragon is 2,478.99 meters and the maximum height of the structure is 97 …
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