An introduction to the charm of Shirakawa-go, Gifu. Let’s visit the World Heritage Site Shirakawa-go!

This time, I would like to introduce Shirakawa-go from Shirakawa Village in Gifu Prefecture.

Shirakawa-go is a place where you can enjoy the traditional Japanese atmosphere in its original form.

Please refer to this page for information on the location, attractions, gourmet food, and accommodations.

The location of Shirakawa-go

Shirakawa-go Scenery
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In 1976, Shirakawa-go was selected as an important traditional building, and offers a view of the origins of the beauty of Japan’s traditions.

In 1995, Shirakawa-go was registered as a cultural heritage site in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

By highway bus, it takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes from Kanazawa Station and about 2 hours and 50 minutes from Nagoya.

Shirakawa-go is a farming village surrounded by mountains, where you can experience the different tastes of each season.

The charm of Shirakawa-go

Shirakawa-go Hot Springs
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The biggest attraction of this place is that you can see the original landscape of Japan from the Gassho-zukuri village, the culture, lifestyle and style that supports it.

After a walk, it is recommended to regain your energy at Shirakawa-go no Yu (Shirakawa-go Hot Spring), about a one-minute walk from the Shirakawa-go bus terminal, or at Shiramizu no Yu (Ooshirakawa Hot Spring), about a 15-minute drive from Shirakawa-go.

It is also a good idea to enjoy outdoor activities in Hakusan National Park, where you can feel close to the nature of Hakusan, one of the three sacred mountains in Japan along with Mt.

Gourmet food in Shirakawa-go

Shirakawa-go is rich in traditional gourmet foods that are symbols of the area, such as Hida beef and ramen noodles, which are representative of Gifu Prefecture.

Here are three of the best gourmet restaurants around Shirakawa-go.


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Hakusuien is a Gassho-zukuri (palm-framed) house located near the northern entrance of Hagicho in Shirakawa-go.

The restaurant serves Hida beef, buckwheat noodles, udon noodles, and other standard dishes, as well as rare gourmet foods such as bear hot pot.

The bear nabe used for the bear hot pot has a unique texture but no unpleasant smell, and the more you chew it, the more the flavor spreads.

Facility Name White Water Garden
Address 354 Ogimachi, Shirakawa Village, Ono-gun, Gifu Prefecture
Phone Number 055-263-2311
Official Site

Restaurant Irori

Dining Room Irori
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The restaurant Irori is a Japanese style restaurant that is built in the Gassho style with a sunken hearth and tatami room.

Here, you can enjoy dishes made with local ingredients such as Gassho Tofu (tofu), which has a firm texture, as well as standard local dishes.

The simple taste of the food served in a homey atmosphere will make you feel the emotion of Shirakawa-go up close.

Facility Name Irori Restaurant
Address 374-1, Ogimachi, Shirakawa-mura, Ono-gun, Gifu Prefecture
Phone Number 055-263-2311
Official Site

Motta’s Village

Motta no Sho
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Motota no Sho is a Gassho-zukuri private house that continues to pass on the history and traditions that have been handed down for over 250 years.

The food served while looking out over the adjacent Shogawa River is simple mountain village cuisine that will make you feel relaxed.

The “Hida Beef Miso Steak Set Meal” (2,180 yen, tax not included) and the “Hoba Miso Grilled Set Meal” (1,300 yen, tax not included) are must-try dishes.

Facility Name Keita’s village
Address 2671-1 Ogimachi, Shirakawa Village, Ono-gun, Gifu Prefecture
Phone Number 055-263-2311
Official Site

Accommodations in Shirakawa-go

There are many traditional Gassho-zukuri lodging facilities around Shirakawa-go.

Here, we will pick out three of the most popular accommodations scattered around the area.


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Shirakawayama is the only Gassho-Zukuri inn in Hirase Onsen, located in the beautiful Hida-Hakusan mountain range.

You can enjoy the Hirase Onsen hot spring water flowing from the source and the mountain village cuisine that has been handed down from generation to generation.

In addition, you can indulge in a steak of Hida beef, the pride of Hida.

Facility Name Hakusan-so
Address Hirase, Shirakawa Village, Ono-gun, Gifu Prefecture
Phone Number 055-263-2311
Official Site

Gassho no Yado Magoemon

Gassho-no-yado Magoemon
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The “Gassho-no-Yado Magoemon” is a Gassho-zukuri inn with a history of over 300 years.

You can spend a warm and quiet time around the sunken hearth.

The A5 grade Hida beef steak served on a ceramic plate is highly recommended.

Facility Name Gassho no Yado Magoemon
Address 1086 Ogimachi, Shirakawa Village, Ono-gun, Gifu Prefecture
Phone Number 055-263-2311
Official Site

Kanja Guest House

Minshuku Kanja
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The “Kanja” guest house was built over 150 years ago and offers a homey atmosphere where you can comfortably relax and unwind.

The homemade rice and simple wild vegetable dishes are popular among guests.

The location is also good for sightseeing as it is within walking distance to Meizenji Temple and the Tenshukaku Observatory.

Facility Name Guest House Kanja
Address 689 Ogimachi, Shirakawa Village, Ono-gun, Gifu Prefecture
Phone Number 055-263-2311
Official Site

Shirakawa-go Information and Summary

Facility Name Shirakawa-go
Address 517 Hatoya, Shirakawa Village, Ono-gun, Gifu Prefecture
Phone Number 0557-81-8137
Approximate budget Approximately 8,000 yen per person (tax included)
Official Site


What did you think? In this article, I have introduced Shirakawa-go.

You can enjoy gourmet food and lodging while being surrounded by the original artistic formations of Japan.

It is especially nice to be able to taste the many specialties of Hida beef in the gourmet food.

Please take this opportunity to visit Shirakawa-go.