Shirakawa-go village
Shirakawa-go village, one of the most beautiful village in Japan.

Located in a valley which is surrounded by many mountains, the Ogimachi Shirakawa-go village (荻 町 白 川 郷) is truly a paradise for the nature lovers. Each season has a different charm: cherry blossoms in the spring, the pastures in summer, beautiful fall foliage in the fall, and finally the winter is Christmas village. Most visitors only spend a few hours here (usually a bus tour), but we recommend you to stay here overnight, learn from local people and discover so much about the UNESCO World Heritage Site. And if you go overnight, let explore top things to do in Shirakawa-go you should do at Shirakawa-go with Living Nomads below.

Credit: things to do in Shirakawa go blog.
Credit: things to do in Shirakawa go blog.

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 Staying at Gassho houses

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If you really want to explore the local lifestyle here, you should try to stay at Gassho house.

If you really want to explore the local lifestyle here, you should try to stay at Gassho house. Most of these homes are open for overnight stays. If you are not lucky enough to get a room, there are also innumerable inns where you can visit a Gassho house during the day. Entry fee is 300 yen. One favorite option is Kanda House (神 田家 – Japanese) because it serves free tea.

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Shirakawa-go, Gassho-zukuri, Gassho Style, Minka, World Heritage Site, UNESCO, Shirakawa, Shirakawa-mura, Gifu, Japan. Photo by bryan…Image by: Shirakawa go things to do blog.
Kanda House
If you are not lucky enough to get a room, there are also innumerable inns where you can visit a Gassho house during the day.
Traditional gassho-zukuri house in Shiarakawa-go, Gifu.
Traditional gassho-zukuri house in Shiarakawa-go, Gifu.
A farmer walking along rice
A farmer walking along rice

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Kanda house
One favorite option is Kanda House (神 田家 – Japanese) because it serves free tea.

Gassho house inside

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Walking slowly to watch the scenery

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The map of Shirakawa-go also states, “Walk slowly in Shirakawa-go.”. Credit: things to do in Shirakawa-go blog.

The map of Shirakawa-go also states, “Walk slowly in Shirakawa-go.” A circular walk around this village is a wonderful discovery walk, so do not rush. You should enjoy the feeling of being lost in the small valleys, exploring more things than the other visitors do. Take a walk early in the morning before the flood of visitors arrives (at least before 9 am) so that you can get many beautiful photos.

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A circular walk around this village is a wonderful discovery walk, so do not rush.
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Tourists walking along rice

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Take a walk early in the morning before the flood of visitors arrives so that you can get many beautiful photos. Credit: things to do in Shirakawa-go blog.

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Besides that, instead of going to the Shiroyama Observatory with a familiar trail, you should go to your own according to wish. It is not only good for your body but also can help your eyes enjoy the beautiful scenery.

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Instead of going to the Shiroyama Observatory with a familiar trail, you should go to your own according to wish. Image by: Shirakawa go things to do blog.
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Making a meal tour

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Shirakawa-go village is also a paradise of the food.

Shirakawa-go village is also a paradise of the food. The coffee at Coffee Shop Hina (コ ー ヒ ー 屋 鄙) is a perfect place that must try and the cake there is also very delicious. It is located near the bus stop but you have to have enough time to enjoy because the coffee here is very new.

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It is located near the bus stop but you have to have enough time to enjoy because the coffee here is very new. Image by: Shirakawa go things to do blog.
Coffee Shop Hina
The coffee at Coffee Shop Hina (コ ー ヒ ー 屋 鄙) is a perfect place that must try and the cake there is also very delicious.

You should also try the curry and Zensai (Japanese snacks) at Ochudo (落 人), a small and lovely house next to Kanda House. If you call tea, you will have the opportunity to choose a cup of tea in the collection there – small but it is an important thing you need to have at home.

Food in Shirakawago
You should also try the curry and Zensai (Japanese snacks) at Ochudo (落 人), a small and lovely house next to Kanda House. Image by: Shirakawa go things to do blog.

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Shirakawa-go snacks like rice cakes or beef sandwiches are truly worth a try. You will find they are a lot on the road. There are souvenir shops there, you will not run out of things to buy, try and taste everything here.

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Shirakawa-go snacks like rice cakes or beef sandwiches are truly worth a try. Image by: Shirakawa go things to do blog.

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Taking beautiful photos

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It is the perfect place for you to take the selfies and many beautiful pictures. Credit: things to do in Shirakawa-go blog.

It is the perfect place for you to take the selfies and many beautiful pictures. Shirakawa-go is a paradise for photographers because the mountains and rivers surround this place. Capture the moment and entertain your eyes with the wonderful creations that this village brings.

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Shirakawa-go is a paradise for photographers because the mountains and rivers surround this place. Credit: things to do in Shirakawa-go blog.
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Capture the moment and entertain your eyes with the wonderful creations that this village brings.
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Shirakawa-go is a paradise for photographers because the mountains and rivers surround this place. Image by: Shirakawa go things to do blog.

Gassho

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Talking to local people

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Feeding your eyes and soul with village stories by talking to the people here. Image by: Shirakawa go things to do blog.

Feeding your eyes and soul with village stories by talking to the people here. Most of them can speak basic English and if you are learning Japanese, you will not be able to take the time to practice.

How to get to Shirakawa-go

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Getting to Shirakawa-go village by bus is the fastest way for you. Credit: things to do in Shirakawa-go blog.

Getting to Shirakawa-go village by car is the safe way and completely possible, but here are how to get there by public transport:

The fastest way: Take Shinkansen to Toyama City (富山 市), then take Nohi bus (濃 飛) to Shirakawa-go pick up at Station No. 1 in front of JR Toyama Station.

The cheapest way: Take the bus from Shinjuku (新宿) to Toyama or Kanazawa (金 沢) (about 6000 yen), then take the bus to Shirakawa-go (about 1400 yen).

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Tourists walking along rice

Some best day tours, trips, activities and transfer services, tickets in and to Shirakawa-go you can refer to

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Are you looking for more Shirakawago travel guide and top things to do in Shirakawago: Tours, activities, attractions and other things? Read more: Shirakawa-go travel blog — Visiting one of the most beautiful villages in Japan.

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