Following day, we continued our journey from Hida Furukawa to Shirakawago. Shirakawago, the gassho style village was registered to be a world heritage site in 1995.
We had to cross a suspension bridge over the river to get to the main part of the village. I nervously stepped out onto the brigade with every step I could feel the bridge swaying. All I could imagine was the bridge breaking and me falling into the raging, freezing cold river below.
The village is known for its traditional farmhouses which subsisted on the cultivation of mulberry trees and the rearing of silkworms, as the mountainous terrain offered little opportunity for rice farming. It stands as an amazing example of the social and economic circumstances that life existed within during that time.
We spent time in browsing the village with its remarkable farmhouses. Walking around it was hard to believe that we were just a few hours away from Nagoya, one of the most technologically advanced cities in the world.
we were pretty starving, so we could not resist buying a Hida pork bun. I was curious to see how different it was from Oumi beef. The beef croquette was insanely good. We finish eating the croquette and immediately dashed off to eat lunch at a restaurant.
A couple of the houses have been opened up to the public and you can go inside and have a closer look at what these amazing houses looked like on the inside.
We then walked around the town looking at all the houses and talking pictures. Then climbed up the observation point. It’s about a 20-minuets walk from the edge of town but we decided to go there by bus, which costs us 200 yen?
I know I was stunned by the spectacular beauty of the place and would love to go back in summer time to see how it looks with all of the wonderful snow.