Shirakawa-go and Gokayama

My time in Japan was coming close to an end, but I still had time to take a three-day tour to the historic villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama.  These two regions are famous for their traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses and some of them are more than 250 years old.  The roofs on these farmhouses look similar to the praying hands of Buddhist monks.

Shirakawa-go is a larger region than Gokayama, but that means that there are more modern buildings there.  I liked Gokayama more, because the villages were smaller and there was a more intimate feeling between the locals and the visitors.

Nearby those two regions is Nanto in the Toyama Prefecture and this area is mainly wooded and the Shogawa River flows right through the city.  While in the mountains, I was able to look down at the Gokayama gassho-zukuri farmhouses and hear folk songs that have been passed down for generations.


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