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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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Little house(s) on a prairie

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.

Reviewed 2 days ago
Chris S
Singapore, Singapore
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 2 days ago NEW

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 3 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 :-(

Thank Marc S
Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 

Thank ruiren
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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.

Thank rezuana s
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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 

Thank Belle_2233
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.

Thank M-Monthly
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Reviewed 1 January 2017

This open air museum has several gassho zukuri houses that were transferred here from other place, where you can also enter (but there's nothing inside,only in one house at the entrance there was a video to explain how this kind of roofs is made), there is a panel that explains a bit what kind of house is that, etc etc..... More 

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