Japan 2016: Shirakawa-go

Friday, June 23, 2017


It’s hard not to fall in love with Japan, more so during autumn. Every corner is picture-perfect, people are polite, food is scrumptious, public transportation is reliable and toilets are automated. It was my first time to experience autumn; so as soon as I saw the bursts of color on our way to Shirakawa-go, I was speechless. The routes and rides we took to get there are all a blur to me now. But thanks to the internet, here’s a transportation guide from Nagoya (port of entry) to Shirakawa-go.

Shirakawa-go’s Gassho-Zukuri Village is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that features gassho-style houses, some of which are more than 250 years old. As described in Hida, the gassho style of building is characterized by steep, thatched roofs. These steep roofs connect over massive wooden beams, shaped like hands folded in prayer (gassho in Japanese). The houses are unique to the region, able to endure the heavy snowfalls of winter, while the upper reaches are ideal for the cultivation of silkworms.

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