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Arrival of a Flower Season! Shirakawa-go in Early Summer


ReleaseMay 26, 2020

Shirakawa-go “Shirakawa-go” in Shirakawa Village, Gifu Prefecture, is a small village with beautiful traditional Japanese scenery that remains intact. With about 100 traditional houses in various sizes in an architecture style called “gassho-zukuri,” in which wooden beams are assembled to form a sharp triangle-shaped roof, this traditional village continues to serve as a place for people to lead normal lives. This area has been designated since 1995 as one of the UNESCO World’s Cultural Heritage sites, and is a popular spot attracting many tourists every year.

As Shirakawa-go is located in the mountains with a cool climate, spring flowers start blooming from mid-April in the area and people can enjoy various flowers in season until early summer.

Shirakawa-go Shirakawa-goGassho-zukuri and cherry blossoms

Shirakawa-go Shirakawa-go Shirakawa-go Shirakawa-go Shirakawa-go Shirakawa-goYou can enjoy various kinds of cherry blossoms here and there in the village.

Shirakawa-goOn the ground, bright pink shibazakura (phlox moss) are blossoming gorgeously.

Shirakawa-goNanohana (field mustard) and gassho-zukuri
The thatched roof, which looks like an inverted open book placed with its spine up, is a unique idea for an area with lots of heavy snow in winter.

Asian skunk cabbages Asian skunk cabbages along the footpath between rice fields.

Shirakawa-go Shirakawa-goPetals of cherry blossoms on leaves. A beautiful season of fresh greenery in the mountains along with various colorful flowers.

Sho-gawaThe Sho-gawa River flows by the village and its clear snow meltwater makes the river shiny blue.

Shirakawa-go Shirakawa-goTranquil scenery with fields and gassho-zukuri houses. When Children’s Day, May 5, is approaching, some houses put out carp streamers to celebrate the day.

Shirakawa-goYou can find a gassho-zukuri design on manholes.

Shirakawa-goThe village has souvenir shops and cafes, where you can enjoy shopping and eating. With this monaka ice cream, a scoop of ice cream sandwiched with soft wafers, let’s take a break.

SaruboboSome shops sell “Sarubobo,” a folk art lucky charm of the Hida area, where Shirakawa-go is located. Different colors represent different kinds of luck that they bring.

SaruboboThe most standard red-colored Sarubobo and an orange-colored Sarubobo, which brings good luck on trips.

Shirakawa-go A view from an observatory. The Hakusan mountain range in the distance still has snow on the peaks.

Shirakawa-go is famous for its beautiful snow landscape in winter, but the period between spring and early summer is also recommended as it is a perfect season to enjoy fresh greenery and flowers while strolling around pleasantly.
There are convenient expressway bus services from major cities, including Kanazawa and Nagoya. Isn’t this a perfect destination for your next trip?

*Due to the spread of COVID-19 and in line with the declaration of a state of emergency by the government, this area is closed until the end of May 2020. For more details, please check the latest information on the website.
*The photos in the article were taken in May, 2019.

*The information herein is as of May 2020.