What to Expect
After we walk around the morning market in Takayama, we leave for Shirakawa-go from Takayama at 10 A.M. and return to Takayama at 5 P.M. using bus. we enjoy at Shirakawa-go for 3 hours.
In Shirakawa-go, there remain about 110 thatched houses with steep raftered roofs which look like a pair of hands held togethered in prayer.
The steep roofs, inclined at 60 degrees from the horizontal, are constructed of timber bound with neso, a kind of rope made from hammered saplings of young mansaku trees.
First I would like to take you to Wada house which is the biggest house in this village and designated as a nationally important cultutral property. When you enter the house, you can see traditional Japanese architecture. Do you know what it is ?
The wide attics have two levels and were used to rear silk worms to make silk, which was the main income source of region. It was the smoke which came out from the fireplace on the first floor and was absorbed by the pillars and beams that protected the building from humidity and insect damage.
Furthermore, if it's fine, you can see the whole image of the village from the observatory in Ogimachi Park.
I can assure you that you enjoy a wonderful view of Shirakawa-go in each season.
This tour assumes that travellers start at Takayama. Please join this tour after you enjoyed the tour of "Takayama (Little Kyoto)." !!
And next day I would recommend you join my tour of "Kanazawa Golden Tour". An hour drive take you to Kanazawa from Shirakawa-go.