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Shirakawa-go Village, Japan

From series “The Most Cozy Towns Full of Zen”
Year: 12th century.

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 features of the ancient village are small houses of local residents with unique gabled roofs. This form of the roof is not accidental. In winter the valley is full of snow, and only the roof of this form can withstand the long-time snowfall.

Shirakawa-go Village, Japan Over the years, the village has being completely cut off from civilization in winter. Even now it's not easy to reach it in cold months. The old village has its unique national tradition. For hundreds of years, its inhabitants were engaged in cultivation of silkworms and producing fabrics. Silkworm is bred just at home. Virtually all the houses of the village are small factories.

The lifestyle in the village of Shirakawa-go has remained unchanged over the years. Not so long ago, the village was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A couple of decades ago, almost no one knew about the existence of the old Japanese village that was founded in the 12th century. Now, the place is regularly visited by tourists who want to enjoy the unique architecture and observe the measured way of life of the indigenous population. There are many amazing natural attractions in the immediate vicinity of the village. Those include centuries-old forests with rare trees and plants. Next - Morro de Sao Paulo

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Fuel station: 'Eneos Hatogaya SS' in 0.21 km
Supermarket: 'Bamboo Shoots' in 0.31 km
Police station: 'Nanto Police Station Kamihira Substation' in 13 km
Railway station: 'Tsunogawa Station' in 19 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Komatsu Airport KMQ - in 46 km
 »  Toyama Airport TOY - in 49 km
 »  Matsumoto Airport MMJ - in 92 km
 »  Gifu Aero Airport QGU - in 94 km
 »  Nagoya Airport NKM - in 112 km
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Best hotels near Shirakawa-go Village

Minshuku Kanjiya

Located in 1 km from Shirakawa-go Village
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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

Located in 12 km from Shirakawa-go Village
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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
Yoshinoya Ryokan

Located in 15 km from Shirakawa-go Village
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Rooms: 10
Guests at Ryokan Yoshinoya sleep in Japanese-style futon bedding on a tatami (woven-straw) floor. The room includes an air-conditioner/heater, an LCD … More: photo, rates and booking
Iwama Sanso

Located in 16 km from Shirakawa-go Village
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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

Nearest unique sightseeing spots to visit

Shirakawa-Go Town
15 km - Shirakawa-Go Town
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 …
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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 …
Kanazawa Station
41 km - Kanazawa Station
Japan also has outstanding railway stations. One of the most interesting is the Kanazawa Station. It was opened relatively recent, in 2005. The station has placed in the renovated building of the old palace. A few years after, has appeared the new most advanced …
Matsumoto Castle
95 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
103 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 …
JR Central Hotel Tower
121 km - JR Central Hotel Tower
Not far from Nagoya station there is the well-known Hotel JR Central Hotel Tower. The hotel complex consists of two stylish 52-storey skyscrapers, 225 meters high. At tourists disposal there are 774 rooms, among which several rooms are particularly interesting. The …

Top destination around Shirakawa-go Village - Kanazawa

Coming from the Maeda samurai clan, Maeda Toshiie was an educated ruler with excellent management and organizational skills. He made Kanazawa a well-developed city with the blooming economy that was not inferior to such large Japanese cities as Kyoto and Tokyo. Taking into consideration all regions in Japan, Kanazawa occupies the fourth place in the list of the most developed cities in the country. The region almost didn’t suffer any damage from airplane attacks during World War II. This helped Kanazawa to retain its historical look and save many architectural landmarks until modern time.

Without a doubt, Kanazawa Castle is the main attraction of this Japanese city. The city of Kanazawa grew around this castle. The Maeda family was the founder of the gorgeous building. Each new owner was adding additional details to the construction depending on own taste and preferences. This is how the castle was growing in size, getting new floors and supporting buildings. The Kanazawa Castle was reconstructed several times. It suffered much damage during a fire that took place in the late 50s of the 18th century.
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