Shirakawa-go village (白 川村)

Shirakawa-go Village (白 川村) 1

Shirakawa-go (I.e.Shirakawa-mura) is a small village situated in city ​​of Shirakawa of Gifu-ken, was declared a World Heritage Site in 1995. Where houses are traditional in Gassho style, large houses with their abruptly sloping straw roofs are the only examples of this kind in Japan.

Gassho-zukuri, which means "hands together in prayer," because they resemble two hands together in prayer. Its purpose is to facilitate the removal of the snow, since they are located in a region where it snows enough in the winter.

At each 30 or 40 years, it is necessary to swap the roof straw of a gassho house and for this, around 200 to 300 people, including residents and volunteers, join for this function, in which it takes about 2 days to complete. The size of the Gassho houses is also astonishing, as they are much larger than a conventional Japanese house, having from 3 to 4 floors.

Shirakawa-go is known as one of the most beautiful places in Japan due to its nostalgic landscape, surrounded by mountains. And here visitors can experience a historical and cultural part of Japan.

End: Gifu, Ono gun, Shirakawa cho, Ogimachi 2483

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