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.

- UNESCO (CC-BY-SA IGO 3.0)

4 sites in this World Heritage

  • Ogimachi Village
  • Ogimachi Village 2
  • Ainokura Village
  • Suganuma Village

Ogimachi Village

Ogimachi Village 2

Ainokura Village

Suganuma Village

Getting there

From Main Areas of Japan

From Tokyo

Tokyo Station -(train)-> Kanazawa Station -(bus)-> Shirakawa-go

From Tokyo station to Kanazawa Station

Railway companyJR-EAST/JR-WEST
Service nameHokuriku Shinkansen (Hakutaka)
Boarding sectionFrom Tokyo Sta to Shin Takaoka Sta
Required timeApprox. 2 hrs 53 min
Fare¥13060
Links

From Kanazawa Station to Shirakawa-Go

Bus companyKaetsunou Bus
Boarding sectionFrom Shin Takaoka Sta to Shirakawa-go
Required timeApprox. 2 hrs 00 min
Fare¥1800
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From Osaka, Kyoto

From Osaka or Kyoto Station to Kanazawa Station

Railway companyJR-WEST
Service nameLtd. Express Thunderbird
Boarding sectionFrom Osaka Sta to Kanazawa Sta
Required timeApprox. 2 hrs 44 min
Fare¥7130
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From Kanazawa Station to Shirakawa-Go

Bus companyNohi Bus/HOKURIKU RAIL ROAD
Boarding sectionFrom Kanazawa Sta to Shirakawa-go
Required timeApprox. 1 hrs 15 min
Fare¥1850
Reservations required
  • Nohi Bus TEL +81-577-32-1688
  • Hokutetsu Bus TEL +81-76-234-0123
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From Nagoya

From Nagoya to Shirakawa-go, Direct buses operate 4-5 times per day (morning departure only)

Bus companyGifu Bus
Boarding sectionFrom Nagoya to Shirakawa-go
Required timeApprox. 2 hrs 50 min
Fare¥3900
Reservations requiredEXPRESSBUS Bookings
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From Takayama (Hida)

Bus companyNohi Bus/HOKURIKU RAIL ROAD/Toyama Chiho Railway
Boarding sectionFrom Takayama to Shirakawa-go
Required timeApprox. 50 min
Fare¥2470
Reservations required
  • Nohi Bus TEL +81-577-32-1688
  • Hokutetsu Bus TEL +81-76-234-0123
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Book Willer Express Bus

If you are visiting Shirakawa Village by car, enter the following information into your car’s navigation system to the world heritage Gassho style settlement;

Address

2495-3, Ogi-machi Shirakawa-go, Gifu Prefecture, 501-5627 JAPAN

Phone Number

05769-6-3111

Komatsu Airport (closest)

The closest airport to Shirakawa-Go is Komatsu Airport in Ishikawa Prefecture.

From Komatsu Airport, you first take a bus to move to Kanazawa City (the main city of Ishikawa Prefecture, there are also many historical buildings and called “Little Kyoto”), then take a direct bus to Shirakawa-Go (See Public Transportation section). The total time from Komatsu Airport to Shirakawa-go is approx. 2 to 2.5 hours.

Narita or Haneda Airport

Both Narita or Haneda international airports are located in Tokyo, which takes 4 hours by train and bus to Shirakawa-Go (See Public Transportation section).

Other Airports

There are also several airports that you can use to visit Shirakawa-Go. However, you must take a bus or train to reach the destination.

  • Noto Airport (in Ishikawa Prefecture)
  • Toyama Airport
  • Kansai Airport (Near Kyoto and Osaka)
  • Central International Airport (Near Nagoya)
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