Yes it does. And I visited one when I was in Kanazawa. Shirakawa-go happens to be just 2 hours away from Kanazawa. The best way to get there is by the Nohi bus. Unfortunately, the bus ticket cannot be booked online :( And if you book it on the spot, there's no guarantee that you'll get a seat. Basically, you take a chance! We intended to visit Shirakawa-go on the 2nd day on our trip. And since they didn't have any seat left, we ended up going on the day we arrived ... actually 1 hour after we arrived. Since our hotel was a short walk away from the station, we managed to drop our bags and reach the bus station (which was right next to the main railway station) just in time.
The road to Shirakawa-go was long but smooth. Shirakawa-go is a UNESCO world heritage site famous for its Gassho-Zukuri houses. Some of these houses are 250 years old. We visited the Ogi-machi Village. Basically, we spent about 4 hours here, which was actually perfect to visit all the important sites and even enjoy a hearty Japanese lunch.
To begin our tour, we had to cross a suspension bridge to get to the village. It kinda freaked me out because .. you know ... "suspension" isn't exactly my favourite word. But there was no other way out. I did manage to flash a silly smile even though the bridge was moving slightly.
Walking through this village was such a humbling experience. All we could see around us were thatched roof houses. It felt as though we stepped back in time. We stopped by little shops selling souvenirs, food and handicrafts.
The first place we hit was the observation point. Mr.D and I were contemplating whether we should actually do this or not. The walk up was breath-taking ... quite literally it took my breath away! It felt like all the food that we'd eaten so far digested. Those slopes were nasty!. Huffing & puffing we finally made our way to the top, and you could say .. it was all worth it. We could see the entire village.
Some of the Gassho-Zukuri houses in this village have been converted into museums and we decided to visit two of them. "Wada House" is the largest of all the Gassho-Zukuri houses
and "Kanda House" offers a good view of the village. We paid 300 Yen each to enter both the houses.
Before heading back to Kanazawa, we had this tasty Japanese beef curry at a restaurant near the Shirakawa-go bus station. After all that walk, this was food for the soul!
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