Shirakawa-gō, formally Shirakawa-mura is a historic village in Gifu Prefecture. The Shirakawa-go and neighbouring Gokayama regions lie along the Shogawa River Valley in the remote mountains that span the Gifu to Toyama Prefectures.
Together with Gokayama in Toyama, it was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.
Ogimachi, Shirakawa-go’s largest village and main attraction, makes a good day trip from Takayama, or a stop on the bus journey between Takayama and Kanazawa. The best way to experience the town, however, is to stay overnight at one of the farmhouses, many of which now serve as minshuku.
Distinctive thatched farmhouses (gassho-zukuri)