The iconic village of Shirakawa-go has a history that dates back to ancient times, and has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nowadays, this village has gained even more popularity among the younger generations because of a popular anime series that is set in this village. For better or worse, the historic farmhouses and unique architecture of this village now sees even more visitors than ever before, making it even more important to plan well ahead to find the right hotel room in Shirakawa-go.
Shirakawa-go is very easily accessed from almost all parts of Japan via bullet train ,and because the village is so small, getting around is very easy even without a car.
The most popular attraction in Shirakawa-go is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Shirakaway-go Gasshozukuri Village
. This is where the historic Gassho-style homes are clustered, some of which still have residents. Tours of these homes are available, and the best source of information for these specifics would be the hotels and guesthouses in Shirakawa-go.
There are many natural and outdoor attractions in this village, and a few small restaurants offering the authentic local fare, but one of the best places not to be missed is Hachiman Shrine
, which brews a special blend of sake that is sure to warm up any winter’s night in Shirakawa-go.
This unique and historic village has a lot to offer to each visitor, and the best way to see what else Shirakawa-go has to offer in terms attractions, landmarks, and hotels is exploring the interactive map on this page.