Change of important information
The regulations of the light-up event will have great changes starting from 2019.
Thank you for visiting the Shirakawa-go Tourist Association website.
We appreciate for your love to the Shirakawa-go scenery and the light-up event. Thanks for everyone’s support; we are able to last till today.
Starting from next year, the regulations of the light-up event will have great changes. Please read this page very carefully.
The number of tourists entering Shirakawa-go will be limited in the up-coming events.
General sight-seeing without joining the light-up event
※ For guests who did not make a booking to the light-up event in advance
＊ The facilities below will be closed at the following time on the event dates.
2 p.m.： Seseragi Parking Lot
3 p.m.： The Observation Deck
Same as last year, micro bus can park in “Seseragi Parking Lot” until 5 p.m.
Reasons of limited access
- To ease the congestion during the events
- To avoid tourists from falling down the observation deck and to prevent any conflict caused
- To avoid any chaos while distributing the admission tickets
What cheers us up most is that,
more and more tourists came to visit Shirakawa-go from all around the world in a short period of time.
That is why the number of vehicles entering Shirakawa-go greatly exceeds the number of parking lots in the village. Serious traffic congestions occurred during the event dates.
Moreover, some tourists even could not enter the village after the light-up event due to lack of parking spaces.
As the highway towards the village is one-way,
inconvenience is caused to all the tourists, guests, buses, tour buses, and even to the locals.
There were also problems when distributing the admission tickets .
For example, some guests waited too long before getting an admission ticket.
Some tourists could not get a ticket even though they have already queued for a long period of time.
These situations actually happened during previous events.
In order to change the current situation, we have reflected on ourselves many times.
We decided that all activities will be changed to reservation system starting from 2019.
Thank you for your understanding.
The 2019 light-up events will be held six times.
＊1/14, 2/11 are public holidays.
As mentioned above, reservation system will be used on all the activities starting from 2019.
All of the activities needed to be booked in advance. Without reservation, guests will be restricted to access the village. Please pay special attention to this rule.
Please refer to the form below about how to register the following 4 activities.
For tourists who wish to stay overnight or use the parking lot, you can select both of them.
① Guests who would like to spend a night in the village
② Day return self-driving guests using the parking lot
This time ”First-come, First-served basis”Please be careful to purchase the tickets we cannot refund the fee.
A (1 – 8people) 3,000yen / B (9 – 12people) 5,000yen
③Guests who wish to visit the village by tour bus
Please join the tours organized by travel agencies.
④Guests who wish to visit the village by bus
For guests who hope to receive newest information
Thank you for visiting the homepage of the Shirakawa-go Tourist Association. The schedule of the 2019 light-up event has already been set. Starting from next year, only guests who have made reservations in advance can access the village.
The bookings of hostel and use of the day return parking lot will start from Mid-August 2018. If you wish to recieve the details of the reservation procedures. please fill in you personal information below.
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