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Historic Building in Gokayama District

Murakami-ke

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…
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 …
Historic Building in Ogimachi

Wada-ke

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…
Cafe in Ogimachi

Ochūdo

Set around a large irori (hearth) in a 350-year-old gasshō house, this delightful cafe serves curry rice, tea and coffee.
Shokudo in Ogimachi

Irori

At the entrance to Ogimachi, this bustling eatery serves regional specialities such as hoba-miso (sweet miso paste grilled at the table on a magnolia leaf), yaki­-dofu (fried tofu) and soba or udon teishoku (set mea…
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…
Museum in Gokayama District

Gokayama Minzoku-kan

You can see items from traditional life and displays illustrating traditional gunpowder production, for which the area was once famed, at this folklore museum in Suganuma. If self-driving, parking is ¥500.
Museum in Gokayama District

Ainokura Minzoku-kan

Stroll through the village to this interesting folklore museum, with displays of local crafts and paper. It's divided into two buildings, the former Ozaki and Nakaya residences (prominent local families).
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.