Discover Shirakawa

Shirakawa is home to some of the best kept historical villages and buildings in Japan. Alternatively, you can climb up to the observatory and enjoy pristine views of the area. 

Things to see and do

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Getting around in Shirakawa

The easiest way around Shirakawa is on foot, since the major sights and attractions are within walking distance from each other. 

Getting to Shirakawa

Passes:
 

  • Three-Star Route Ticket
    • Coverage: one-way bus ticket between Kanazawa, Shirakawago, Takayama, Okuhida and Matsumoto
    • Duration: 4 days
    • Price: 6000 Yen
    • Where to buy: train station Information booths within the covered Area
       
  • Shirakawago Gokayama Route Ticket
    • Coverage: One-way ticket between Takaoka and Takayama with the possibility to get off at Shirakawago
    • Duration: 3 days
    • Price: 3980 Yen
    • Where to buy: train station Information booths within the covered area
  • Japan Rail Pass

 

How long to stay in Shirakawa

We recommend staying here between half a day and one day. 
 

Hotels in Shirakawa

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Day trips from Shirakawa

Located along the Shò River is Ainokura Village, a small mountain village with Gassho-style houses that are considered UNESCO World Heritage. 

Travel time:

Distance, km: 19.04

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Whether your climbing to the peak of Mount Okushishiku, admiring the Shishiku Highland or taking the Sky Shishiku, Shishiku's nature has a lot to offer.. 
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Travel time:

Distance, km: 31.28

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This ancient city, high in the mountains, promises an experience quite unlike any other during your time in Japan. Takayama is home to the Utsue 48 Waterfalls and steeped in ...

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Distance, km: 34.13

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Kanazawa is known for well-preserved Edo-era districts, art museums and Japanese handicrafts. If you're a history buff, you can soak in the history of Japan at Kanazawa Castle. Alternatively, you ...

Travel time:

Distance, km: 40.57

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Just inland from Toyama Bay, Takaoka houses well-known monuments including the Imizu Shrine and Zuiryuji Temple.  You can soak in some culture at the Fujiko Art Gallery and spend time ...

Travel time:

Distance, km: 55.15

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Toyama City has some great attractions to visit including the Toyama City Hall Observation Tower, where you can enjoy outstanding views of the area as well as several highly regarded ...

Travel time:

Distance, km: 55.75

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Okuhida is a mountainous area of central Japan which offers more than 6 different mountains to hike up! In winter, there is the Honoki Daira ski resort, and during the ...

Travel time:

Distance, km: 56.11

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Gujo Hachiman is a quaint town of historic buildings and narrow lanes set in a mountain valley where three rivers converge.  Wander round the traditional temples, or climb up to ...

Travel time:

Distance, km: 56.65

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Gero Onsen is a popular spa resort, internationally renown for its fantastic natural water, receiving more than one million visitors a year. Nearby, you can visit the Gassho village, an ...

Travel time:

Distance, km: 58.63

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Tateyama Kurobe boasts a variety of outdoor experiences. Visit Shōmyō Falls or take walk through the snow corridor. If you are an experienced adventurer, Mount Kashimayariga is a perfect destination. ...

Travel time:

Distance, km: 60.20

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