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Japan's Most Beautiful Village

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Piobaire, Nov 2, 2012.

  1. Piobaire

    Piobaire Senior member

    Dec 5, 2006
    In My Douchemobile
    I came across some pics and this place is indeed stunningly beautiful.





    Apparently it's a world heritage sight. Anyone ever been? Rach?
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  2. rach2jlc

    rach2jlc Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Mar 14, 2006
    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.
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2012
  3. noxlord

    noxlord Active Member

    Jul 3, 2010
    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 !!!
  4. Jr Mouse

    Jr Mouse Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Nov 18, 2009
    All of time and space, everything that ever was or
    Thanks for posting this Pio. Beautiful pictures.

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