Let's Check Out Highlights and Accessibility of Shirakawa-go's Ogimachi Village in Japan

"Ogimachi Village" is registered as a world heritage site as a Shirakawa-go Gokayama Gassho-built village. Ogimachi Village occupies 2/3 of the area that is registered as a world heritage site. Ogimachi Village has a large area, and has many facilities for sightseeing. It is recommended for people who want to sightsee like a tourist.

Highlights of Village of Ogimachi in Shirakawa-go

Let’s introduce highlights of Shirakawa-go’s Ogimachi Village.

Ogimachi Village's Gassho-style Houses as a World Heritage

The highlight of the Ogimachi Village are the Gassho-style houses. It is a landscape with a sense of unity, with the gable roof (the short side of the building) neatly lined north to south.

Also, since there are no fences between the houses, giving it an open atmosphere.

There is the "Wada Family House" that is said to have been built in the Edo period in Ogimachi Village, and it is designated as an important cultural property of the country. It is said to have been the house of a headman of the Edo period and is characterized by being larger than the other houses.

Ogimachi Village's Winter is Also a Famous Beauty

The village of Shirakawa-go have different looks depending on the season: cherry blossoms in the spring, fresh green in the summer, and autumn leaves in the fall. The most beautiful of them is the winter with its snowfall.

It is a fantastic atmosphere dyed in white with lights lighting up the village.

Ogimachi Village Dining Out to Enjoy Local Meals

Gourmets are some of the highlights in Shirakawa-go. You can taste various gourmets such as Wagyu beef raised in the Hida region, wild vegetables taken from the surrounding mountains, and local cuisine Gohei-mochi.

Accessibility from Takayama to Shirakawa-go’s Ogimachi Village

You can get from Takayama to Shirakawa-go's Ogimachi Village is about an hour by bus. If you are coming from Tokyo, bus or train is recommended.

8 hours by bus from Tokyo to Toyama, then Shirakawa-go. You can arrive for about 4200 yen. By train, go from Tokyo to Toyama by Shinkansen, and from Toyama to Shirakawa-go by bus. Transportation costs will be around 15,000 yen, but it takes around 3 hours, so it's recommended for people who want ease of travel. (As of April 2019)


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