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Shirakawago - Gifu, Japan

Gassho-zukuri farmhouses
Tori Gate
Gassho-zukuri thatches roof change
Rice Field
Shiroyama Viewpoint
Dried Chili for prosperity
Ice cream on a sunny day
Grilled Beef cubes and Chicken Minced Yakitori
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Concrete hanging bridge

Shirakawago Manhole
Rainbow Trout
Ratesu aka Lettuce
Walking to Wada-ke House
me waving from Wada House

Ogimachi is the largest village and main attraction of Shirakawa-go. A UNESCO world heritage site, the village is home to several dozen well preserved gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old. The farmhouses are quite amazing structures, designed to withstand the harsh winters while providing a place to work and live, and are best seen either covered in snow or surrounded by green fields. 

Gassho-zukuri is a house built of wooden beams combined to form a steep thatched roof that resembles two hands together. You can see houses such as these in other parts of the country. In Shirakawa, they are called "Kiritsuma-Gassho-zukuri," and the roof can be looked triangular just like a standing book open. It is the characteristic of these houses in this country. The structure is built to suit the environment in Shirakawa. It is made to with stand heavy snowfall. The house face north and south, to minimize wind resistance. They are also built for be comfort in both summer and winter. The houses stand in a certain direction to adjust the amount of sun in order to keep the room cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Here you can visit Wada House with admission fee 300 yen. The Wada family was one of the wealthiest families and village leaders of Ogimachi. Their former home is the largest gassho-zukuri farmhouse in the town, and is now open to the public as a museum.

There are plenty of snacks, bbq, ice cream parlour, softdrinks,
soba restaurant, omiyage in the thatched houses.

Pictures by MSW
Shirakawago - Gifu, Japan Reviewed by Ah Wee on 5:47 AM Rating: 5

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