The World Heritage Site, Shirakawa-go, is famous for its Gassho-zukuri houses (a traditional house with a rafter roof). Yamamoto-ya, located in the heart of Shirakawa-go, is a lovely Gassho-zukuri house. Luckily, we happened to find this amazing restaurant just after we arrived here. We ordered bukkake (cold soba with sesame and pickled plum) and a Lady’s Set, which includes cold soba, a small dish of stewed tofu and beef, and three pieces of bracken mochi. The soba was quite thin and felt good going down. The stewed tofu and beef was also good.
Yamamoto-ya serves soba at lunchtime (11:00 AM to 2:00 PM) from mid April to late November. And in winter, it becomes a guesthouse. You can make a reservation for an overnight stay by phone or through the Internet. They begin taking reservations for December in November. Reservation: TEL 05769-6-1064
Shirakawa-go Video Series:
- Walking around Shirakawa-go: Refreshed by a variety of sounds of nature
- Unique Experience in Shirakawa-go: Enjoy traditional Japanese life at “Magoemon” Inn
- Shirakawa-go’S Yamamoto-ya: Restaurant in spring and summer, guesthouse in winter
- Wada House, Biggest in Shirakawa-go: A glimpse at village life in the old days
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。