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