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From inside to the outside, this is the best Gassho. Inside is exhibits the artwork of the local artist and big sacred tree of 800 years old.You can take a good rest at the house the view of the second floor is great
Toyama-Ke (Former Toyama family residence)
This former Toyama's family house was built by the Noto carpenter in 1827. It was once reconstructed but the original appearance is still solid.
The first floor is a residential area, and the second to fourth floor are used for sericulture spaces. Under the floor is the place for gunpowder raw material which was made until 1870.
Toyama house also run the lunch project where you can taste local ingredients such as Shirakawa rice, tofu, and locally-grown and wild vegetable.
Wada House (National important cultural property)
It is the largest gassho-zukuri style house in Shirakawago. In the Edo period, Wada family served as a head of village and gaurd official. Trading silk product and gunpowder ingredient which was an important source of income in Shirakawa-go at that time.
The 1st and 2nd floors of the house are open to the public. Variety of artifacts and traditional everyday items used by successive generations of the Wada family are exhibited.
Okuzaemon, which was built in it was built in 1914, is not a Gassho style house but a Japanese traditional building.
The characteristic of Okuzaemon is its plastered wall in the Study Hall. You are able to see the techniques of the Japanese ancient workmen here.
The Open-air Museum
There is a total of 25 Gassho houses 9 of them are designated as important cultural properties by the prefecture. There also watermill, shrine, temple halls and you can see the main building up to the attic.
Please take a look at the internal structure of the Gassho structure that took about 10 years to complete. You can also see the place where the gunpowder was made under the floor of the house.
We installed a QR code for explanations and explanations of tools in the house.
The most tallest Gassho-zukuri house with 5-floor. On the first floor there is a majestic Buddhist altar, which made from 500 years ago, as well as art-work and furniture. On the 3rd and 4th floors, there are exhibits of old-fashioned daily life tools of the Nagase's family.
It is the biggest shrine in the village. The main hall, kitchen and clock tower are all built in "Gasshou" . The wall paintings inside the main hall can also be seen in other temples in Kyoto. The paintings are all drawn by a famous Japanese painter, Hamada Taisuke.
Gassho architecture Museum , Shirakawago Road Station
This Gassho-zukuri house architecture Museum is display and explain the architectural process in an easy-to-understand manner of how the house was biult.
After seeing this display you will feel more joyful and deep understanding of the traditional Gassho house, it will make your trip in Shirakawago much more imprinted.
Feel free to visit the museum, there is no admission fee required
The Tajima House. Museum of Silk Culture
This is the only museum in the village with the theme of sericulture. We are carrying out sericulture which is rarely seen today in a private house of Gassho-zukuri. We have prepared an environment for educational purposes. Please come and visit us.
In addition, it is equipped with English and Chinese explanations of the exhibition.
Shiramizu Onsen at Hirase area (Hida Hakusan Road Station)
100% natural hot spring that flow from the mountain. And it is day-trip use only