Traditional Shirakawa-go

One of Japan's most beautiful hidden villages

By Ben Beechey    - 1 min read

The historic village Shirakawa-go (白川郷 "White River Old-District") is one of Japan's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is a quiet mountain village with rice fields and a river running through it, situated at the foot of Mt. Haku-san in northwestern Gifu Prefecture. The village is well known for its 114 houses constructed in the architectural style known as gassho-zukuri, some of which are more than 250 years old. These houses have been designed to withstand the winter’s heavy snowfall. The village also boasts a temple, a coalhouse, and a horse paddock as well as places to stay.

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Ben Beechey

Ben Beechey @ben.beechey

I moved to Japan in late 2007 and lived in the beautiful mountainous setting of Nagano-ken for two very fun years. Although the scenery in Nagano was stunning and the snowboarding conditions second to none, I decided to try life in the fast lane and moved to Tokyo in 2009. I have been in Tokyo since, and am currently based in Nakano-ku. Living in Tokyo fascinates me on a daily basis, there are so many interesting people to meet, places to discover and adventures to be had. My passion is photography, both analogue and digital and I also enjoy snowboarding, cycling and traveling in my spare time. If you'd like to see some of my photographic work, feel free to check it out at: Thanks for stopping by today!