Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
4.5
8:40 AM - 4:40 PM
Monday
8:40 AM - 4:40 PM
Tuesday
8:40 AM - 4:40 PM
Wednesday
8:40 AM - 4:40 PM
Friday
8:40 AM - 4:40 PM
Saturday
8:40 AM - 4:40 PM
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8:40 AM - 4:40 PM
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ZenDark30
Portland, OR4,285 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
This is not a theme park, it’s a real life functioning village listed by UNESCO as a heritage site. Here, the community has retained the traditional architecture of thatched roofs and wooden buildings.

It’s fun to walk around, eat soba and take photos. There’s dozens of your buses or you can drive yourself.
Written 14 November 2023
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tomizuta1953
Funabashi, Japan1,351 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
In late September 2023, before entering the village, I paid a visit to the open-air museum (Gassho-zukuri Minka-en) adjacent to the car park, where 25 Gassho-style houses have been relocated and are displayed, thinking it best to obtain some prior knowledge. This turned out to be a very good idea. I learned a lot. Gassho-style houses were built in the Shirakawa-go and Gokayama area from the middle of the Edo era (17th century) to around 1930. There were about 300 in the early 20th century, but the number had dwindled to 190 by 1960. One reason was due to some villages being submerged under the Miboro dam built on upstream Shogawa River for hydroelectric power generation completed in 1961. Another reason was the depopulation following the rapid post-war development. The villages with Gassho-style houses had been maintained building on the tradition of the villagers’ close relationship with each other, but this became no longer sustainable as many left the village. There was an informative display of articles and videos introducing the last villagers leaving and abandoning the Etchuu Katsura village in the 1960s. I also refreshed my memory that the villagers produced gunpowder in this region, one reason that some people were quite rich. I did not know that one ingredient rich of nitrogen was silkworm droppings, a bi-product of silkworm breeding. Another feature that intrigued me was how closely some of the modest housing displayed resembles a Jomon-style dwelling. This turned out to be not so wild an observation, as I later found an article of the open-air museum that told that people lived here from the neo-lithic Jomon era, and many features of the local tradition such as how to soak nuts in water to reduce the bitterness, lacquerware, woodwork, etc. appeared to have originated from the Jomon people. I spent about an hour to visit all of the displayed buildings. An English translation is provided for all displays. It certainly is worth visiting before entering the village.
Written 6 November 2023
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Luv2TravelFarNWide
Atenas, Costa Rica1,348 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
So, this is pretty much a drive by, snap a few photos and move on kind of place. The house open for tours seemed to be a good example of what USED to be, but they no longer have any silk worms or production, and haven't for years.

Due to the layout of these 2 and 3 story homes, it's impossible to tour without waiting for others to go up and down the steep wooden ladders. And what you see when you get to the next floor is some pieces of wooden frames, tables, etc -- but no real explanation of how the silk worms were raised.

Disappointing. Seems to be more of a tourist trap at this point. Could probably have done better with a good book about the area.
Written 16 September 2023
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Mark
Queenstown, New Zealand3,039 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
This open-air museum is definitely worth the visit, as some of the buildings you can go inside and experience it as it was meant to be, I love the logistical layout of these buildings as it seems that there was a lot of thought went into the design to maximise the temperature and space utilization.
Written 24 July 2023
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Travelgirl1909
Luzon, Philippines119 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Visited Shirakawa-go during the wintee illumination night last Jan 26. Unfortunately, there was no snow. Lots of tourists during that time. The place was still nice, but I think it will be more attractive if there was snow.
Written 11 February 2020
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PandaHouston
Houston, TX6,128 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We came to Shirakawa-Go on January 4 but there was little snow. We came as part of a Day Tour with Yokoso Japan and was given 2 hours of free time. During our time there, we did go into the Open Air Museum for 600 yen. Most of the houses will allow you to go inside for a visit. However, I think the outside of the homes is more interesting.
Written 11 January 2020
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Triflyer
India435 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Not to be missed, only regret is that we did not stay back there for the night. We did a day trip by Nohi bus on our way from Kanazawa to Takayama. We took the first bus out from Kanazawa, deposited luggage at the luggage counter behind Nohi bus station office and went on a walking tour around Shirakawa go. Loved in particular the trek up hill and also the one over the bridge on to the waterfalls and the other part of the town. We enjoyed matcha ice cream and food in the small shops along the way. We also visited a small museum which was quite interesting. Delightful place with lovely autumn leaves, beautiful thatched roof houses.
Written 2 January 2020
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fullofcolours
Singapore, Singapore74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We visited Nagase and Wada houses — you can visit Wada house, it’s the nearest to viewpoint hill so you can visit it before/after. We paid 300yen per person to visit the house. The Wada house was lovely, visit this if you want to see the roof knots and how the Japanese made the spectacular slanted roofs! They have a lovely backyard area too, take time to walk around and soak in the beauty. The Nagase house was also very lovely, you got to see a completely different interior. Overall, you can just wander around and have some ice cream or coffee. We spent 5h there and enjoyed every single moment!
Written 5 December 2019
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Ben C
Hong Kong, China698 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Visited the Unesco site in spring time by driving of 45mins from Takayama.

We arrived at 5pm when the tourist groups departed and the valley was just pristine. The typical triangular thatchet roof are amazing. Noticed lots of effort to have maintained them. The town basically close down before dawn so we drove out before the dark covers the town.
Written 23 November 2019
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Phan Ming Yen
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
A beautiful and charming place. Well curated experience and for a visitor who has a day or two to spare, this museum seems to capture the essence of what all marketing material say about Shirakawago. It is just away enough from the main village for peace and quiet and yet near enough to talk. Almost magical: to experience this museum and the actual village is like crossing alternate realities, alternate universes. Certainly not to be missed: to visit the village proper and not the museum is to see only half the picture.
Written 13 November 2019
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