We visited Shirakawago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site this winter.
Shirakawago is a small villege located in Gifu prefecturein the middle of Japan. It is the best known for traditional style buildings called Gashou-zukuri.
"Gasho-zukuri” is a construction style with steeply roofs like putting ones hands together for prayer. It is built with “gabled roof architecture with principal ridgepole” in which the both end of the roof are like an open the book. It is built to endure a large quantity of snow normal for this region. Metal iron clamps and nails are not used for the joining of building materials, instead wooden wedge and neso which is young branches of the Japanese witch hazel.
It was not snowing but very cold day when we visited. We found the fantastic scenery of Shirakawago when we crossed a bridge. There were many traditional Japanese houses covered with heavy snow. We took a bus to the top of the mountain to see the whole village. At the top, it did not disappoint us. Take a look at the photo. We loved Shirakawago and you will too.
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