Shirakawa-go is a small traditional Japanese village located in Gifu prefecture. The site was designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. Building seen in this small mountain village is a style known as gassho-zukuri, thatched roof houses, designed to withstand the heavy snow that covers this region during the winter.
Because Shirakawa-go is located in the mountains, it is best to use a bus to get there. Especially during the snowy winter season, the drive could be difficult. In addition, the parking is closed to private cars during the light-up event. Consider using a tour bus, or simply a chartered bus from JR Takayama or Kanazawa station.
Light-up schedule for 2015:
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