日本での一年間

May 11, 2009

Shirakawago

Filed under: Chubu, Domestic, Trips — myyearinjapan @ 2:15 am

While in Takayama, we took a day trip to Shirakawago (白川郷), a small town up in the mountains famous for its gassho zukuri houses (合掌造り), which means ‘hands in prayer’ style. They’re a kind of wooden house with a steep rafter roof. That area of Japan is part of Snow Country (雪国), and gets some of the most snow in Japan. That’s a big reason why this style of architecture developed. It was common throughout the region, but now can only be seen in a few places, such as Shirakawago. I had wanted to visit during the winter, so I could see the gassho houses covered in snow, when they are supposed to be quite spectacular, but by the time we got there, the snow was mostly melted, only a few piles here and there in the shade.

There arent any trains to Shirakawago, most people get there on tour buses, like the ones in the bottom left of this picture.

There aren't any trains to Shirakawago, most people get there on tour buses, like the ones in the bottom left of this picture. It was very rainy the day we went to Shirakawago.

Even the restaurants and souvenir shops are gassho zukuri style buildings

Even the restaurants and souvenir shops are gassho zukuri style buildings

Right next to a gassho zukuri house

Right next to a gassho zukuri house

Another gassho zukuri house

Another gassho zukuri house

Looking out at gassho zukuri houses from the attic of another house

Looking out at gassho zukuri houses from the attic of another house

Babbling brook that goes past the gassho zukuri homes

Babbling brook that goes past the gassho zukuri homes

The house thats covered in plastic is set to have its roof repaired. Then roofs are repaired by groups of volunteers, who want to help preserve history

The house that's covered in plastic is set to have its roof repaired. Then roofs are repaired by groups of volunteers, who want to help preserve history

The homes next to the river

The homes next to the river

A lantern framed by poles that mimic the gassho zukuri style

A lantern framed by poles that mimic the gassho zukuri style

Shirakawago is a little village in a valley surrounded by mountains.

Shirakawago is a little village in a valley surrounded by mountains.

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