Tour Escape walking tour specializes in Shirakawa-go of Ogi town. The tour begins at “Shirakawa-go Bus Terminal” 10 am Monday through Friday. The tour lasts about 5 hours and concludes back at the Bus Terminal.
Summary of Shirakawa-go Walking Tour
Walking tour covers whole village. Several Gassho-zukuri (Gassho style house) are open to public, of which, we will explore 2 buildings. The last and one of the highlights of our tour is Ogi-machi (town) castle observatory.
There are plenty of great spots to take photos as well as break during the Shirakawa-go walking tour.
|Bus station/Information center
This is the meeting place for the walking tour.
|3. Wada House
Wada house is one of the oldest and largest Gassho style house in Shirakawa-go of Ogi town.
Here, we will learn about the beginning of the Gassho-zukuri (style) houses and one of the most important legacy of Shirakawa-go, the “Spirit of Yui” or mutual support.
|5. “Deai” bridge
Why there are so many Gassho style houses in Ogi-town? It was all started when villager realized the importance of preservation.
|6. “Hachiman” shrine
Biggest festival of Shirakawa-go is a “Doburoku Festival”. It is a unique celebration, praying to the mountain God offering unfiltered sake called “Doburoku”, which dates back to 700 BC.
|8. “Kuri” and “Myozen” temple
This building was and still is used as a monk’s resident called “Kuri”.
We will explore inside one of the largest Gassho style building and see how ingenious way the roof was constructed and still withstanding after 2-300 years has passed!
|11. Kanda House
Kanda house’s Gassho zukuri (style) house is more improved version, and you can learn another secret of amazing roof construction.
There were two industries which Shirakawa-go relied upon as their source of income : Sericulture and Nitre cultivation. You can actually see and learn about it in Kanda house.
|13. Castle keep observatory
Last site to visit is the observatory, where you can overlook whole Shirakawa-go of Ogi-machi (town).
From up here, there is yet another “WOW” factors of ancestor’s wisdom and connection to nature. With so much knowledge about this small town you have now, standing here and overlooking the village move your heart!
Average low & high of Shirakawa-go
Wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the season. it’s a good idea to bring drinks.
Information of the tour
|What’s included||Walking tour|
Admission fees to Gassho houses
|Maximum travers per group||7 people|
|Price (per person)|