Shirakawa village, Japan

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.

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As of July 2011, the village has an estimated population of 1,734. The total area is 356.55 km2 (137.66 sq mi).

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The village is located near Takayama, in Gifu. Together with Gokayama in Nanto, Toyama, it is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.

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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

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