Shirakawa-gō & Gokayama attractions

Historic Building in Gokayama District


Between Suganuma and Ainokura, in the hamlet of Kaminashi, you'll find Murakami-ke, one of the oldest gasshō houses in the region (dating from 1578). It's now a small museum; the proud owner delights in showing visi…
Gallery in Gokayama District

Gokayama Washi-no-sato

North of Ainokura on Rte 156 you'll find this roadside attraction, which explains the art of making washi (handmade paper) and gives you the chance to try making some yourself (from ¥500; reservations required, limi…
Historic Building in Ogimachi


Shirakawa-gō's largest gasshō house is a designated National Treasure. It once belonged to a wealthy silk-trading family and dates back to the mid-Edo period. Upstairs you'll find silk-harvesting equipment and a val…
Museum in Gokayama District

Ainokura Minzoku-kan

Stroll through the village to this interesting folklore museum, with displays of local crafts and paper. The museum occupies two buildings, the former residences of the prominent Ozaki and Nakaya families.
Museum in Gokayama District

Gokayama Minzoku-kan

You can see items from traditional life and displays illustrating gunpowder production, for which the area was once famed, at this folklore museum.
Museum in Ogimachi

Myōzen-ji Folk Museum

Adjacent to Myōzen-ji, Ogimachi's small temple, Myōzen-ji Folk Museum displays the traditional paraphernalia of daily rural life.
Museum in Ogimachi

Gasshō-zukuri Folk Village

Over two dozen gasshō-zukuri buildings have been relocated here, although the arrangement feels contrived. Several houses are used for demonstrating regional crafts such as woodwork, straw handicrafts and ceramics (…
Viewpoint in Ogimachi

Shiroyama Tenbōdai

This lookout on the site of a former castle provides a lovely view of the valley. It's a 15-minute walk via the road behind the east side of town. You can climb the path (five minutes) from near the intersection of …