At the foot of the quiet “Haku-san” mountain is the Shirakawa-go village. A not long time ago, the region was considered wild and unexplored because of its high mountains and heavy snowfalls preventing every interaction with its neighbours and creating the perfect conditions for the development of unique cultural practices and lifestyles, that’s why the city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995.
The village is really picturesque, with its rolling rice fields and blue river, and it’s traditional farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old.
The best way to experience the town is to stay overnight at one of the farmhouses, engage with locals, learn the traditional art of dying and weaving and learn how to make delicious soba noodles while you’re there.
Not far from Shirakawa-go you will also find “Gokayama”: a smaller village that is more difficult to access and less known, have a trip if you want to escape the crowd of tourists.
Chose wisely when to visit the village, every season as a huge impact on the village landscape!
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