We board the Niho bus from Takayama to Shiragawa-go, where the bus is fully occupied (we bought the ticket 30 minutes before departure).

Fooling around at K's House
Fooling around at K's House

Shiragawa-go is a touristy and picture-perfect place (a very scenic village). You can't go into the A-frame house because they are occupied (unless you book accommodation with some of the minshuku) or you visit one of their museum sample house. It appears they are celebrating some rice wine festival soon, but the village seems pretty quiet except the noisy tourists. I was told 3 shrines take turn to host the parade (you have to figure out which shrine will celebrate on which day, and it should happen around 3pm with free flow of Doburu rice wine provided by the temple.

Also, the panaroma view of the village is superb and must do.

We try to wait for the 1PM bus to Ainokura but the bus didn't came. It's raining and freezing cold. The last bus is 3PM but it didn't came as well. A kind old lady from the shop next to the bus stop help us to enquire and found out that the bus of the day is cancelled due to the typhoon. We try to help us to contact our hotel and arrange for a taxi. 10,000 Yen for a MPV to Ainokura, but luckily there are 6 of us to share it. It's all good at the end.