Take a stroll through the village of Ogimachi and learn the history behind this wonderful UNESCO world heritage site. This is the largest village and main attraction of the Shirakawa-go region. Explore its storied streets, and admire their traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which have been there for as long as 250 years. The name of these distinctive farmhouses translates to "constructed like hands in prayer," because of its resemblance to a Buddhist monk's hands pressed together. They're built to withstand heavy snowfall, and they become especially beautiful once their thatched roofs become coated with fresh snow. Today, these farmhouses serve as inns, museums, minshukus (or Japanese-style bed and breakfasts) and guesthouses. People flock here each year to bask in the village's fantasy-like atmosphere and rustic sensibilities. You can experience the same by simply booking and taking the inclusive round trip bus transfer from Takayama to this magical and historical site.
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