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My Day in Shirakawago, Gifu/Toyama Prefectures 「白川村への旅 岐阜県/富山県」

Last Sunday, I visited Shirakawago, located  in the mountains that span from Gifu to Toyama Prefectures.

The easiest way to get to Shirakawago is by bus from Kanazawa Station.  Tickets should be reserved beforehand as Shirakawago is a popular tourist destination for Japanese and foreigners alike. There’s an office close to the station where you can get your return ticket. The bus ride takes a bit over 1 hour (this may vary depending on traffic and weather conditions) and it’s quite picturesque.

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shirakawago

If Kanazawa was like walking into the past, Shirakawago is like walking into a Hayao Miyazaki‘s movie (Studio Ghibli).

Shirakawago was declared a UNESCO world heritage in 1995 and once you get there, you’ll understand why. This village is famous for its traditional and rare gassho-zukuri farmhouses. Gassho-zukuri means “constructed like hands in prayer”, as the farmhouses’ roofs resemble the hands pressed together in prayer.

shirakawago

shirakawago

shirakawago

shirakawago

This unique architectural style evolved over many generations.  Designed to withstand the heavy snows during winter, these large houses have steeply pitched thatched roofs that are strong and also provide a large attic space used for cultivating silkworms.

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shirakawago

shirakawago

shirakawago

shirakawago

The Shiroyama observation deck is a cool spot for a panoramic view of the village.

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shirakawago

shirakawago

shirakawago

shirakawago

shirakawago

shirakawago

Shirakawago has several shops with traditional souvenirs and snacks. I love these small baskets so I bought one for me. The slippers were adorable too, but they didn’t have my size.

shirakawago

shirakawago

If you crave a snack during your walk, try “Senbei”, a type of Japanese rice crackers. They come in various shapes and flavours, usually savory but sometimes sweet.

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shirakawago

It was a tad too cold for ice-cream but this Totoro was so cute!

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Walk leisurely taking in the views.  You just won’t get enough of this magical place.

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shirakawago

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ありがとう Shirakawago for such a lovely day!

 

thanks

Information:

How to get to Shirakawago?  Hokuriku Shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo to Kanazawa, Bus from Kanazawa to Shirakawago Village . More info HERE

Shirakawago Official Website HERE, Follow HERE

You can stay overnight in one of the Japanese Guest Houses

All photos on this blog were snapped by me unless otherwise noted. If you see something you’d like to share, please be sure to provide a link back to this space. Thank you!

8 Comments

  1. OK, I thought this was funny… I scanned through the photos first, and immediately thought. “This looks like a Miyazaki film!” Then I saw Totoro. Then I read your words.” Oh!

    • It totally felt like that Paul! I’m glad I was able to capture that feeling with my photos and that you had the same reaction 🙂 Don’t you just love Miyazaki’s films? xox

  2. Melissa says

    Oh my goodness, your blog post made my day! The grass houses are so cuteeeee and fuzzy^^

    May I ask if you stayed there overnight or was it a day trip? My friend & I would like to visit Shirakawago but we don’t know if we should take a local tour or go by ourselves. ><

    • Hi Melissa 🙂 That’s so sweet, thanks!

      I took the bus from Kanazawa Station at 8 and was back at 1.30. Staying overnight at one of the houses is probably lovely but I had to come back to Tokyo.

      I think you and your friend can go by yourselves. The local tours I saw were big and rushing and this is one of those places where you want to walk and enjoy at your own pace.

      Inside Kanazawa Station, there’s a big information centre with English speaking staff. You can get all the info there. And the bus that takes you to Shirakawago is around 150 metres from the station. You can totally do it with your friend and you are going to love it! Cheers and thanks for stopping by, Maria xo

  3. Hi, my name is Ika, from Indonesia.

    I found your blog while i trying to get the best picture of Toyama. I love your post so much, especially for the pictures. I wish visit this place someday.

    best regards,

    • Hi Ika, thanks a lot for your kind words 🙂 Toyama is a beautiful Prefecture. Hope you can visit it one day and take many photos! Best, Maria

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