My mom and I have been to Osaka and Kyoto on May 2018, and Shirakawago was included in our itinerary. I had seen the photos of this historic village for several times on the internet. Many of them were taken during winter, while some of them were taken during spring. For me, the farmhouses were really charming.
Shirakawago is located in Gifu Prefecture, Japan. It was registered as Japan’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1995 and the Gassho-zukuri architectural style housing are the signature of the village.
We arrived the village in the afternoon by the bus. On that day the weather was nice, not too warm and not too cold. After getting off from the bus, I was impressed with the translucent teal water.
We walked on the bridge to cross the river and reach the village.
We came with a tour group, and the guide gave us about 1 hour and a half to enjoy the village.
We wandered around from house to house.
I found out that some houses were quiet like no one lived in, while some houses were shops selling food and souvenir.
I bought some food and walked around.
People were still working in the fields.
Some mountains behind the village were still covered with snow.
While walking in the village, I felt like i walked back in time. No wondered because the houses were built hundreds years ago.
In short, Shirakawago was a wonderful place for shooting and capturing photos. However, it took us about 4-5 hours from the village to Osaka. So, if you want to visit this little village, make sure that you have enough time for your trip.