Date: 2011.04.06 | Category: GIFU, Rural Japan, Scenery, Seasonal Nature, TOYAMA, World Heritage Site | Tags:

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This is the Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go & Gokayama. Shirakawa-go Historic Village comprises 59 preserved gassho-zukuri houses in Ogimachi village, Shirakawa-go, Gifu Prefecture. Along with 20 houses in Ainokura village and nine houses in Suganuma village in Gokayama, neighbouring Toyama Prefecture, they were collectively inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1995. The photo above is the one at Ainokura village.


These two are the photos of Suganuma village of Gokayama area in Toyama prefecture as well. The flower of cosmos was in full-bloom when I visited there last autumn.

It takes about 30 minutes by car or bus to reach the other world heritage in Shirakawa-go area, Gifu prefecture. This place is more famous than Gokayama as this area ranked 3 stars listed on French tour guide book of Michelin Voyager Pratique Japon.


The most striking aspect of the exterior of these houses is their thatched roofs. Rice straw and Pampas grass are used for their materials. Those materials absorb sound, which makes the inside keep quite. It also serves as a material to repel the rain.  

When I visited here last time, I saw a man shavelling snow from the roof. In spite of their steep roofs, those who live there have to get rid of lots of snow during the winter time, which is very tough!

Shirakawago area is more popular than Gokayama area. If you would like to know the detail history of these villages, I would recommend to go Gokayama where is less people.

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