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Japan's Most Beautiful Village

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I came across some pics and this place is indeed stunningly beautiful.

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Apparently it's a world heritage sight. Anyone ever been? Rach?
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Yes, it's Shirakawa Village in Gifu prefecture. I taught a seminar once in Gifu and so had a chance to visit. It is very beautiful!

While the particular shape of the roof is famous to that village, historically many buildings and houses had amazing thatched roofs. While Shirakawa gets government subsidies as a world heritage site to keep them beautiful, you can still find some authentic houses in small towns nearly as beautiful, but without the big crowds.

Unfortunately the EXTREME expense of keeping up, or replacing, those kinds of roofs have seen most old houses converting over to tin/metal or the ubiquitous tiles throughout the rest of Japan. While I can't remember exactly, IIRC it is in the hundreds of thousands to have done.
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I never went to the village itself, it was too fair away in the mountains. 2hrs bus ride from the train station if I remember correctly. I did, however, visit the smaller recreated village for lazy tourists like me. Those houses are HUGE !!!
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Thanks for posting this Pio. Beautiful pictures.
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