Shirakawa is a village located in Ōno District, Gifu Prefecture, Japan. It is best known for being the site of Shirakawa-gō, a small, traditional village showcasing a building style known as gasshō-zukuri.
As of July 2011, the village has an estimated population of 1,734. The total area is 356.55 km2 (137.66 sq mi).
The village is located near Takayama, in Gifu. Together with Gokayama in Nanto, Toyama, it is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.
Famous places, historic ruins, sightseeing spots, festivals and events
- The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama are designated UNESCO World Heritage sites
- Wadake Home—the largest gasshō-zukuri in the area
- Shirakawa-gō Hirase Onsen (designated as a “national recuperation onsen”)
- Miboro dam, Lake Miboro
- Hida Tunnel
- Hakusan Rindō (hiking path)
- Amau Pass, famous for its fall colors; 30 minutes away by foot is the Kōsō wetlands, also famous
- Shirakawa Hachiman Shrine, where every October 14–15, the Doburoku Festival, famous for its Nigorizake is held