Hokuriku & Tokai 2016 (11/29) : Shirakawa-go in the snow (白川郷合掌集落)

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Shirakawago – World heritage

Our bus took us to Shirakawago from Kanazawa station for two hours or so.

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We planned to stay overnight at Shirakawago at first, but there was scarcely vacant room and we heard there was no snowfall around Shirakawago, so, we decided not to stay overnight there and enjoy sightseeing for three hours or so.

But fortunately or unfortunately, there was blizzard warning just two days before going to Shirakawago.

We were anxious about severe snowfall preventing our bus from moving and we thought we can’t enjoy sightseeing for three hours in the freezing weather.

So, we decided to stay at Shirakawago for one hour only.

When we got to Shirakawa-go, there was snow world !

White world, Shirakawago (Hokuriku&Tokai 2016)

金沢から2時間。谷の合間にある白川郷合掌集落へたどり着きました!

There’s tourist information center in front of the bus stop and there’re lockers in the house. So, we left our baggage and started sightseeing 🙂 Though there’re not many lockers, if there’s not vacant locker, the tourist center might keep your baggage.

We need to cross the suspension bridge named “Deaibashi” to goto the village from the bus stop.
It was scary. The snow on the bridge was frozen !

Bridge to the village 1, Shirakawago (Hokuriku&Tokai 2016)

バス停から集落のあるところへ行くにはこのつり橋を渡らないといけません。

Bridge to the village 2, Shirakawago (Hokuriku&Tokai 2016)

しかし、雪が凍ってて滑る滑る!キケン!周りの観光客がゴキゲンすぎてさらに怖い!

View from the bridge. Shirakawago is between the valley.

View from the bridge to the village, Shirakawago (Hokuriku&Tokai 2016)

しかし橋からの景色はとっても美しい…。

There are many old houses along the road.

Street 2, Shirakawago (Hokuriku&Tokai 2016)

集落は古い建物がたくさん残っています。もちろん、みんな現役。

Street1, Shirakawago (Hokuriku&Tokai 2016)

白川郷は宿が少ないです。というか、この集落、とっても小さい(ノ∀`)

Torii,Shirakawago (Hokuriku&Tokai 2016)

Village 1, Shirakawago (Hokuriku&Tokai 2016)

Shirakawago is very small village. So, there are not many accommodations.

Village 2, Shirakawago (Hokuriku&Tokai 2016)

Village 3, Shirakawago (Hokuriku&Tokai 2016)

展望台からの景色も美しいでしょうが、時間がない(あっても、寒くてもう限界)、なのでこの後はバス停へ戻りました。

Village 4, Shirakawago (Hokuriku&Tokai 2016)

Wadaya. Though it is museum and we can see inside the house, we didn’t have enough time and it can be seen all year around. So, we didn’t enter he house. I’ll come back in the near future. Of course, during warm season :p

Signnboard,Wadaya, Shirakawago (Hokuriku&Tokai 2016)

Appearance,Wadaya, Shirakawago (Hokuriku&Tokai 2016)

Shirakawago was one of the place that I had wanted to see from childhood. I was really glad to visit there ! It was wonderful ! And I also want to visit there at another season 🙂

We went back to the bus stop and got on the bus to Takayama Nohi bus terminal.

白川郷
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