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Shirakawago Shiroyama Observatory Deck

Ogimachi, Shirakawa-mura, Ono-gun 501-5627, Gifu Prefecture
+81 80-6970-5661
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Magnificent View!

We have a morning walk after breakfast abt 9am up to observation deck, be prepared to walk up slope... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Singapore, Singapore
If in the village definitely go to the observatory

The observatory is also a restaurant that serves lunches to touring groups on the second floor... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mark S
Newton, MA
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good35%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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Ogimachi, Shirakawa-mura, Ono-gun 501-5627, Gifu Prefecture
+81 80-6970-5661
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We have a morning walk after breakfast abt 9am up to observation deck, be prepared to walk up slope all the way. As it's still early, there is no one up the observation deck, air is so fresh & clear with awesome autumn leaves ......More

Thank cooblue
Reviewed 1 week ago

The observatory is also a restaurant that serves lunches to touring groups on the second floor. That said, the view of the village is good and should be scene to give you a better understanding of the size and layout of the village. Our view...More

Thank Mark S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed the scenery very much, but I only rate it a '3' because somehow I had higher expectations with what I heard of e.g. Being an UNESCO heritage site. Discounting its heritage value, we enjoyed a quite similar view from within our hotel room,...More

1  Thank stewart c
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was not the best of time to visit as it rained, quite heavily at times, almost all the while we were there. Fortunately we went up the observatory deck as soon as we arrived taking the shuttle. That was the only time on that...More

Thank komeg
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are visiting the straw-roofed village, this provides the best overall view of the area. Seeing so many of these structures is amazingly beautiful.

Thank bglhvn
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The view's great, as you'd expect from a lookout. There's a shuttle to get you there, but if you're in okay shape you could walk up in half an hour easily. There's some vending machines up the top.

Thank Carlo P
Reviewed 23 September 2017

This offered me my first sighting of Shirakawago and it was an impressive one, would absolutely recommend getting up to this observation deck

Thank Chelsea B
Reviewed 13 September 2017

You could visit here by taking a paid shuttle or took a fifteen minute walk along the steep and straight path. We chose the latter and enjoyed the scenery along. As expected, crowds of tourists somewhat fought for the best spot to take photo or...More

Thank Steve_HKSAR
Reviewed 7 September 2017

From this place you can take a picture with background house of shirakawa there is a photografer with good point but you must paid for the picture

Thank hendriong
Reviewed 26 July 2017

I went there in winter I can see the village covered with snow. Really impressive like in a heaven! Recommend!

Thank Charernkit T
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Diana S
8 November 2017|
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Response from komeg | Reviewed this property |
Bus ride from Takayama to Shirakawa is also roughly an hour one way.
12 August 2017|
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Response from Charernkit T | Reviewed this property |
The bus take about one hour. I think it is not necessary to join a tour because hirakawago is not big at all and you can walk around there within 3 hours( excluded obsServation deck). If you do not plan to stay in... More
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Elaine Y
14 February 2017|
Response from Guide Gift G | Reviewed this property |
Rice is being planted in the fields at this time of the year and experiencing lush green paddy fields is guaranteed in late spring