Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Shirakawa-go (白川郷) , Japan
Shirakawago is widely-known as one of the most scenic places in Japan.
It is surrounded by pine tree covered mountains, and it is located along the picturesque Shokawa river.
Besides the beautiful scenery, the unique Japanese thatched-roof farmhouses are the center of attraction. There are approximately 180 thatched farmhouses, sheds, and barns, and most of them were built about 200-300 years ago.
The most popular village for visitors is Ogimachi which in 1995 was declared World Cultural and Heritage Site. They are famous for their traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses. Gassho-zukuri means "constructed like hands in prayer", as the farmhouses' steep thatched roofs resemble the hands of Buddhist monks pressed together in prayer.
Please note. All Minshuku (Japanese style farm house) only allow guests to stay a maximum of 1 night in each house. If you would like to stay 2 or more nights you will need stay each night in different houses.
Thank you to Sayaka for posting me this beautiful UNESCO postcard and also the New Year stamp ~ Rabbit.