The Japan Alps and the North Chubu Coast Travel Guide

The Japan Alps and the North Chubu Coast Sights

Shirakawa-go Gassho-zukuri Minkaen

  • Ogi-machi, Shirakawa mura, Ono-gun Map It
  • Ogi-machi
  • Museum Village
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 12/20/2010

Fodor's Review

Opposite Ogi-machi, on the banks of the Sho-gawa, this open-air museum has 26 traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses. The houses were transplanted from four villages that fell prey to the Miboro Dam, built upriver in 1972. Over the years a colony of artisans has established itself in the village. You can watch them creating folk crafts like weaving, pottery, woodwork, and hand-dyeing in a few of the preserved houses, and try some crafts for yourself. Many of the products are for sale. Keep in mind that individual houses do close irregularly.

Sight Information


Ogi-machi, Shirakawa mura, Ono-gun, Ogi-machi, Gifu-ken, 501-5627, Japan

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Sight Details:

  • ¥600

Published 12/20/2010


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