Shirakawa-go is a world heritage site that attracts visitors from all over the world. Traditional Japanese houses built in the ancient Gassho-style line up to create a scene that seems to come straight out of a fairy tale. This light up is the biggest event of the year in Shirakawa-go where you get the see the giant triangular roofs during the snowiest time of the year!
Shirakawagois an area with a lot of traditional Japanese houses with steep, rafted roofs, typical of an area with heavy snowfall. The steep roofs are thatched from a plant called kaya, and are at a characteristically steep angle to withstand the heavy weight of the snow. In 1995, it became the third residential area to be registered a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The most desirable time to visit here is in winter when you can enjoy a light up of the snow-covered houses! Get transported to a truly magical, fairy-tale world! The schedule for 2019 is as follows:
Since the number of vehicles allowed to enter are restricted, you might want to book a tour by one of the many travel agencies in Japan! Dress up warm as the temperatures drop here drastically in the evening.