Why is Shirakawa go Famous?

Why is Shirakawa go Famous?

Declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995, they are famous for their traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old. Gassho-zukuri means “constructed like hands in prayer”, as the farmhouses’ steep thatched roofs resemble the hands of Buddhist monks pressed together in prayer.

How long does shirakawago take?

Travelers with a superficial interest in the town can, indeed, get an impression in just about an hour. But to those with a little bit more interest, I recommend to spend 3-6 hours to see the observation deck and a couple of houses from the inside (and/or the open-air museum).

When Shirakawa go was built?

Early prototypes were built from around 1700, as silk and gunpowder production in the village flourished during the Edo era. The design evolved into the form currently seen around the village in around 1800.

What is the best time to visit Shirakawa-go?

Winter (December to February) Winter in Shirakawago is really cold, but it’s considered as the best season to visit there as the whole village turns into a magical snow wonderland. From mid December, snow starts falling down around the village.

What is the best time to visit shirakawago?

Is shirakawago worth visiting?

In Shirakawago you are set free to explore with map in hand. It is an amazing place, certainly worth the visit. I have been to Japan many times and I have never seen a town like this. You can pay a few hundred yen to enter the homes.

What does Shirakawa mean?

white river
Shirakawa (written 白川 or 白河; “white river”) is a Japanese surname. Notable people with the surname include: Emperor Shirakawa (白河天皇, 1053 – 1129), 72nd Emperor of Japan. Emperor Go-Shirakawa (後白河天皇, 1127 – 1192), 77th Emperor of Japan.

Can I live in shirakawago?

The residents of Shirakawago still live in several small villages. The most popular village for visitors is Ogimachi which in 1995 was declared World Cultural and Heritage Site. Although it is off the beaten track, Shirakawago is well worth the visit.