3 Photogenic Villages and the Best Photo Spots in Shirakawago

Picturesque Villages with thatched-roofed houses and untouched nature!!

Picturesque Villages with thatched-roofed houses and untouched nature!!

If you love photography or Instagram, these three spots are highly recommended for you!! There are many photogenic things such as cute desserts and colorful spots in Tokyo, and taking “Instagrammable” pictures is one of trendy things to do during trips in Japan.

However, it’s difficult to find such a picturesque and serene scenery like Shirakawago in the metropolis.

Shirakawago (白川郷) and Gokayama (五箇山) are famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites worldwide, and one and only place with untouched nature and traditional old houses with thatched and steep roof called Gassho-Zukuri.

Let’s make your special memory in an album or Instagram with these 3 villages in Shirakawago and Gokayama!!

1. Tenshukaku Observatory in Shirakawago

Tenshukaku Observatory (天守閣展望台) offers a great chance to overlook Ogimachi village (荻町), which is the largest village where Gassho-zukuri houses are well-preserved. You can see the largest Gassho-zukuri house Wada House in the village. How interesting that people still live an ordinary life there.

You can reach the observatory by foot, car or the bus which depart from the front of Wada House.

2. Ainokura Gassho-zukuri Village in Gokayama

Ainokura Gassho-zukuri Village (相倉合掌造り集落) is located in Gokayama area, a little north of Ogimachi, Shirakawago. The village consists of 23 Gassho-zukuri houses and terraced rice fields. Compared to Shirakawago, Ainokura Village has more untouched and less touristic environment. It takes 5 mins to walk to the best point to overlook the village.

3. Suganuma Gassho-zukuri Village in Gokayama

Suganuma Gassho-zukuri Village (菅沼合掌造り集落) is another Gassho-zukuri village in Gokayama area. There are only 9 Gassho-zukuri houses in the village. It’s recommended to take a pictures up close with the houses and brilliantly green rice fields or seasonal flowers and leaves.

Shirakawago and Gokayaka have different attractions in four seasons. You can enjoy the area whenever you visit there. You might also like these articles below!

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