Welcome to Shirakawa-go
Shirakawa-go (Shirakawa Village) is a Japanese mountain settlement in what was once considered a wild and unexplored region. Because of the area’s natural environment, with high mountains and heavy snowfall, interaction with neighboring regions was limited. However, this also created the conditions for the development of unique cultural practices and lifestyles. Now registered as a World Cultural Heritage site, we hope that you will enjoy experiencing the culture and traditions that live on in Shirakawa-go today.
What kind of place is the Shirakawa-go UNESCO heritage site? Allow us to introduce the culture and history of gassho style housing.
What are good times to visit Shirakawa-go? Information for planning trips in advance, to help you decide when to visit.
Videos introducing the village of Shirakawa-go. They are viewable in English, as well as languages such as French and Simplified Chinese.
A summary of frequently asked questions from visitors to Shirakawa-go. Please check them to make your visit even more enjoyable.