Sunbathing on the banks of Shogawa River
FIND YOUR STAY
Shirakawago Tourist Association
Ryokan Juemon, Shirakawago
Most gassho ryokans are Japanese-owned and many do not speak nor provide English assistance. A hassle-free way to book your stay is through Shirakawago Tourist Association. Providing English support to help travelers find and secure accommodation bookings throughout Shirakawago, this service is 100% reliable and free-of-charge. Highly recommended for those who face difficulties in booking their stay.
To put in your booking request, simply fill up the contact form or email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Browse the list of available accommodation in your preferred language via Google Chrome. During peak travel season, it becomes extremely difficult to secure a booking. Plan in advance or simply indicated that you have no specific preference and would just like to secure any availability in a gassho ryokan for better results.
1 – 24 hours
Book yourself on board a Nohi bus from Takayama or the World Heritage Bus from Shin-Takaoka bound for Shirakawago. This bus journey runs daily and takes a little under 2 hours, depending on weather conditions.
Pick up a useful map at the Shirakawago Information Center. Luggage lockers are available at the bus station or simply drop them at your ryokan before starting your day.
Take a walk through the village and admire the unique architecture of the gassho-zukuri houses along the way. Pay a visit to The Wada and Kanda houses to experience the history and interiors of two of the oldest and biggest houses in the village.
Check into Juemon 十右エ門, or the ryokan of your choice, and make yourself comfortable. Juemon is located a little further than others, presenting itself as a quiet sanctuary, taking you away from the noise and closer to nature.
Trio houses, Shirakawago
Once you have settled in, make your way in the opposite direction of the village and onward to Restaurant Chubee, where the famed trio gassho houses stand in symmetry. Capture a piece of the village in its beautiful colors and landscapes. Best photographed in the late afternoon or evening. Watch our moment here.
The stroll back into the village passes by Shirakawahachiman Shrine, where many stop to admire the maple trees and pick up fallen leaves as souvenir.
Continue ahead and witness the last glow of the sunset as its inhabitants start to retire for the night. Stop by the window of any attached store and savor a hot piping Hida Beef Croquette. Souvenir shops usually stay open until the last customer leaves the store.
A Hida beef dinner will be served in the common dining hall at 6:30 pm. Thereafter, enjoy a private hour in the bathroom or opt for an onsen experience at the local bathhouse, Shirakawago no Yu 白川郷の湯. A discount coupon is available for all tourists and can be obtained from your ryokan host.
Deai Bridge, Shirakawago
24 – 48 hours
Curl back into your futon for a short post-meal nap before breaking into the beautiful morning. Breakfast is usually served at 7 am. The village boasts of many simple and beautiful strolls that can be enjoyed in the day.
Head to Deai Bridge, a suspension bridge built across the Shogawa river. Take your time to admire the beautiful Autumn landscapes as you move to the rhythm of the flowing river across the bridge. On either ends, you will find many speciality stores selling Hida souvenirs and snacks – do be sure to check them out along the way.
Lay your head down to rest along the riverbank to take in the serenity of the morning scene. Tour buses arrive at Shirakawago daily but don’t let them kill your mojo. Avoid them as you break the noise with a nap or stroll along the river.
Stop by Yamamotoya 山本屋 for lunch. They serve amazing handmade soba meals with an option of hot dipping sauce or soup – which we highly recommend. It’s neighbor, Nomura 乃むら, is also another popular soba spot in the area. Do expect to queue during lunch hours.
View of Ogimachi Village, Shiroyama Viewpoint
Take the sightseeing bus up to the Shiroyama Viewpoint for the best view of the entire village in one breath. The bus departs in front of the tourist information center every 20 mins between 9 am to 4 pm and costs ¥200 one-way. We recommend taking the walking trail back to the village to enjoy some intense autumn foliage along the way.
Thereafter take a stroll through the village and rest your feet at the quirky Shingedo 心花洞, a cafe and store serving a delicate selection of coffee, tea and kakigoori. They have a beautiful outdoor seating overlooking agricultural fields. Pick up some local handicraft souvenirs and printed goods by 饅頭 very much. Closed at 5:30 pm.
A Hida Beef dinner will be served in the common dining hall at Juemon along with a minimal and thoughtful shamisen performance. Thereafter, warm yourself up in the bath and roll into the comfort of your futon for the night.