Shirakawa Village is located in the northwestern part of Gifu Pref.
and is next to Gokayama Village in Toyama pref., and west of the village are the Hakusan Mountains which border Ishikawa Pref. and Gifu Pref..

It is a typical mountain village that is surrounded by mountains.
Mountains and forests account for 96% of the area and the remaining 0.4% is cultivated land.

Questions and Tips

Opening hours and best time to visit Shirakawa-go?

How to get to Shirakawa-go?

Desmond Lua
  • 5 years ago

Tokyo-Nagoya: 2hrs.(Railway)
Nagoya-Takayama: 2hrs.(Railway)
Takayama-Shirakawa-go: 50min.(Expressway shuttle bus)

Kanazawa-Shirakawa-go: 1hrs 15min(Expressway shuttle bus).
Takaoka-Shirakawa-go: 2hrs 30min.(Shuttle bus)

Bus Time:

Things to do in Shirakawa-go?

Information & Tips about Shirakawa-go?

Accomodation Reservation in Shirakawa-go?

Desmond Lua
  • 5 years ago

Email the Tourism Association at and request for the Minshuku of your choice



River before entering the village
River before entering the village
Panoramic view of Shirakawa-go
Panoramic view of Shirakawa-go


  • 3 years ago

Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama are one of Japan's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The site is located in the Shogawa river valley stretching across the border of Gifu and Toyama Prefectures in central Japan. Shirakawa-gō (白川郷, "White River Old-District") is located in the village of Shirakawa in Gifu Prefecture. The Gokayama (五箇山, "Five Mountains") area is divided between the former villages of Kamitaira and Taira in Nanto, Toyama Prefecture.
  • 3 years ago

Shirakawa-go travel guide - Wikitravel

Shirakawa-gō (白川郷), formally Shirakawa-mura (白川村), is a historic village in Gifu. Together with Gokayama in Toyama, it was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on December 9, 1995.
  • 3 years ago

Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama - UNESCO World Heritage Centre

Located in a mountainous region that was cut off from the rest of the world for a long period of time, these villages with their Gassho-style houses subsisted on the cultivation of mulberry trees and the rearing of silkworms. The large houses with their steeply pitched thatched roofs are the only examples of their kind in Japan. Despite economic upheavals, the villages of Ogimachi, Ainokura and Suganuma are outstanding examples of a traditional way of life perfectly adapted to the environment and people's social and economic circumstances.
  • 4 years ago

orangbukit: Japan: Day 2 - Shirakawa-go

Dalam bas ke Shirakawa-go...kawasan ni dekat dengan Japanese Alps, so kena lalu kawasan bergunung-ganang, asyik keluar masuk terowong je, adalah lebih dari 10 terowong, panjang pulak tu terowongnya..

Misadventures of Lisa and Trisha: Shirakawa-go in the Winter - Blog - homeandawaywithlisa

January of 2009 was my friend, Trisha's, last month in Japan. My time in Japan could easily be broken into three phases: before I knew Trisha, when Trisha and I travelled around everywhere together and after Trisha went back to the US. Needless to say, for her last weekend in town we had to take in some last bits of sightseeing together.