Shirakawago and Gokayama

Registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, Shirakawago and neighbouring Gokayama are situated at the foot of Mt. Haku-san in north western Gifu Prefecture. These sedate mountain villages are famous for their traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses with steep thatched roofs, surrounded by with rice fields and Shogawa River running close by. The best way to experience the region is to stay overnight at one of these traditional farmhouses