Winter 2013 : Shirakawago

From Ainokura, Gokayama it took around 1 hour by bus to Shirakawago. Finally I am here :
IMG_5587It was a scary ride to this place to and from this place but it was worth it.

Everybody seems to be here to take a picture ๐Ÿ™‚

The tour I joined include a free lunch, very good lunch I must say and a free ticket to an open museum.

The ย open museum was big and really nice lots of things to see.

The almost frozen pond and some of the houses in the open museum.

A panoramic view of the open museum , the river and the village.

I’m not sure if it is only on the peak season, but vehicles other than those of the local residents are not allowed within the village itself, I can understand why, it would be chaos and would disrupt the lives of the villagers. To get to the village from the designated parking area, there is only one way in our out : hanging bridge.

It is a very crowded bridge.


People stopping every now and then to take pictures like this ๐Ÿ™‚


and this


There are 4 or 5 houses that allows guest to look around their houses for a fee, I think 300yen per house. These houses are not for show, people are actually living in them so be courteous and polite when you visit them ๐Ÿ™‚

I did not intrude in any of these houses, I was more than happy just to get a glimpse of the village and the houses and it will be a reason for me to go back.

Up close and personal with the village.

Wada Family(ๅ’Œ็”ฐๅฎถ), one of the few houses that allows guest for a fee.

Stone that looks like snow mushroom ๐Ÿ™‚

Fire is one of the threat to the village, so these fire monitors are installed all around the place.

Shirakawago has been gaining a lot of attention lately, so shops that sells trinket and local food are now popping up to cater to local and foreign tourist. It’s getting more touristy, somehow I like Gokayama better. There is still that feeling of intimacy with the village itself but Shirakawago is definitely a place to visit during winter break if not for the view ๐Ÿ™‚



2 Comments Add yours

  1. dragonlife says:

    Superb pictures and great place! Take good care of yourself as it seems to be very cold!

    1. samokan says:

      Thanks. It was very cold , beautiful but cold. ๐Ÿ™‚

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