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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

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Address: 2499 Ogimachi, Ono-gun, Shirakawa-mura 501-5627, Gifu Prefecture
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Beautiful views of the mountains

Very unique place with superb view of snow covered mountains and Cherry Blossoms. Several unique shops

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very unique place with superb view of snow covered mountains and Cherry Blossoms. Several unique shops

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very unique experience where you can view and enter some of the traditional houses in an open air museum concept. Very scenic with loads of photographic spots.

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On entering the village we felt transported back in time to the Edo period and saw what old rural farm life was like. This Unesco World Heritage Site (1995) has the largest concentration of gassho-zukuri buildings in Japan with more than 110 fine houses, some of them are over 250 years old. This village is famous for its unique gassho-zukuri... More 

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited with hubby as part of the Titan "Essence of Japan" tour. Unfortunately we visited on a very rainy day, but none the less we all enjoyed our visit to this UNESCO World Heritage site. The farm houses "Gassho-Zukuri" are referred to as "Praying Hands" because of the sharp A shape that look like the praying hands of monks. Some... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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Reviewed 20 April 2017

We took a bus there, and the view was just beautiful. It is an old style, unique house that was made to survive in the heavy snow fall area in Japan. Few houses are still occupied and being lived in, few are operated as a bed and breakfast. There is a house that is open to can inside to view... More 

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Sandweiler, Luxembourg
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Reviewed 16 April 2017

If you walk through Shirakawago and visit the houses in town you don't need to see these because they are the same style collected and transported here (from the region) - they say that craftsmen are displayibg their art and you can even participate but most houdes were closed when we were there for Easter vacation :-(

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised by how much snow was still present. This little gem of a " hideaway" is definitely worth our detour to Takayama. ( we were based in Nagoya) We took the Noshi Bus Tour in the morning. Most professionally run! Worth the sg$83 we paid. The Guide on 28 March 2017 was the best! She was very... More 

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Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

Must place to go when you in japan. The scenery is amazing. The gassho house is authentic and unique. The oldest village in japan and listed under unesco. It's take 1hour from takayama. I recommend you join package with J-Hoppers hostel because you can go to the peak point to see the amazing view from the top.

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Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

It's like a fairytale land! Definately worth a visit! I was there but it was raining. The snow is thick,but still the scenery is mesmerising! The place is big, I would suggest you follow a local tour so that u can skip some queue and their buses are allow to park nearby the museum. If it's not local buses, you... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Although it's January, there's no snow at all. That's kinda disappointing. Still, Gassho houses are so beautiful. I would recommend to take the bus up hill to see the whole village and walk down the hill to see each house closely. If you visit in winter, please prepare winter attires. You'll need all of them.

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