The first time I traveled to Japan, I visited Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka but this time I decided to take a trip through the region of Gifu, Nagano, and Chubu. To make this trip, I used the Japan rail pass, and since I used it every day for seven consecutive days, It wasabsolutely worth it.
The expenses that have to be also considered besides of transport is the accommodation. The hotels I chose were strategically located near the train station so I could easily drop my luggage and start visiting the city right away. In most train stations there are also lockers available where you can store your luggage, although what I remember is that there was not much availability since they were almost always all taken.
Shirakawa go is a small village located between the mountains in the Gifu prefecture in Japan.
It belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage sites and it reflects the cultural legacy of Japan itself.
The village looks like if it came out of a fairy tale, the houses with thatched roofs called “Gassho Zukuri-style houses” are very well preserved and some of them were built 200-300 years ago. There is even the possibility of staying overnight at a Gassho-Zukuri farmhouse in Shirakawa-go. I didn’t do it because I did not have enough time and I also wanted to visit Takayama where our hotel was located.
The town is small and it took me two hours to get up to the observation point where I had a beautiful view of the town, and then go down and walk through the town at a quiet pace and even eat some snacks.
Despite the fact that the weather was sunny and pleasant, there was still plenty of snow, but not enough snow to cover the roofs of the houses in a Christmas postcard style.
I really enjoyed visiting this town, I recommend making your bus reservation in advance, as they sell fast.
How to get to Shirakawa-go:
From the city of Takayama (I arrive by train to Takayama) by bus to Shirakawa go it takes 50 minutes. The name of the company that I used is Japan bus online. The bus leaves from Takayama station.
To book my trip, I had some questions and doubts and a customer service employee named Mandy from Japan bus online, responded quickly and kindly to all my emails and questions and helped me with the purchase.
If for some reason you can not make the reservation you can also try Nohi Bus:
You can also make the reservation by phone, they speak English.
In my next article, I will talk about my stay and my visit to Takayama known as the small Kyoto of Hida.
You can also find more information about Shirakawa go at the official Village office:
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